Dream Discs: Joni Mitchell's "Blue" & Bob Dylan's "Blood On The Tracks"
Newmyer Flyer Presents:
Dream Discs: JONI MITCHELLS' 'BLUE' & BOB DYLANS' BLOOD ON THE TRACKS'
Performances By; KENNY WESLEY, PINOT GRISLY (JUSTIN JONES & JOHN BUSTINE, LORI WILLIAMS, LUKE BRINDLEY, MARGOT MACDONALD, SARA CURTIN, MAUREEN ANDARY, LAURA TSAGGARIS & more....
Joni Mitchell & Bob Dylan. Popular musics' two greatest songwriters.
Their most iconic, revered & brilliant albums performed in their entirety by a dream lineup of the DC areas most talented singers and musicians.
How many tens of thousands of human beings have picked up a guitar or sat down at a piano in the last 50 years, and tried to write a song? It's fair to say there are very few tunesmiths of any age or level of accomplishment who do not directly or slightly less so, bear the influence of Bob Dylan & Joni Mitchell.
Blue and Blood On the Tracks were both made after the artists had already established themselves, yet both seemed to somehow catch their audiences by surprise upon their release.
Their impact was immediate and the spell began on each records opening track All I Want & Tangled Up in Blue and didn’t let up until The Last Time I Saw Richard and Buckets of Tears.
The two albums were startlingly intimate and personal and invited close listening in darkened bedrooms. The records felt like they were made for you but everyone
seemed to feel that way. Blue and Blood On The Tracks struck emotional nerves in millions of listeners that are still reverberating today.
Newmyer Flyer is the 2nd concert production company from BandHouse Gigs co-founder Ron Newmyer. Featuring the best singers and musicians in the D.C. area to honor music icons, legendary albums and eras, previous Newmyer Flyer shows have included; The Last Waltz Tribute, Laurel Canyon; Golden Somgs of Los Angeles 1966-73, Love Songs: The Beatles the Dream Discs Album Tribute Series (Layla & Other Assorted Eric Clapton, The Wild The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle, & Moondance, Who’s Next & Every Picture Tells A Story, Tapestry & The Best of Goffin-King), The Songs of Burt Bacharach& Hal David, A Southern Soul Tribute: Music of Muscle Shoals & Stax/Volt, A John Lennon Birthday Tribute, The Best of Janis Joplin & Jimi Hendrix & more.
Acclaimed International vocalist Lori Williams is in possession of a most impressive resume as a performing artist, educator, songwriter, producer, support vocalist, clinician and musical theater actress. She’s released four CDs (with her latest - “Out Of The Box” - reaching #1 on the UK Soul Charts); and is working on two more projects this year. Her reputation and level of respect are top shelf and unimpeachable.
Montreux Jazz Festival Vocal Award and two-time WAMA Award-winner Kenny Wesley is a highly accomplished singer/songwriter, classically-trained pianist, and gifted linguist who speaks 5 languages. His songs, fusing elements of electronic, jazz, funk, classical, folk and gospel, have been prominently featured on radio, film and TV – including the FOX series So You Think You Can Dance.
Featured on NPR's Tiny Desk Concerts, Voice of America and TEDx; songwriter, vocalist and live looper, Margot MacDonald embodies a one-woman band. A long time guitarist and pianist, Margot’s instrumentation has expanded to include unconventional vocal accompaniments created live thru the use of a loop pedal. Haunting, powerful and indie-pop driven, Margot’s performances make you forget the technology she hones, as you lose yourself in layers of lush vocals and striking melodies.
Margot is Washington City Paper's "Best Singer" of 2014, a three-time winner of the Washington Area Music Association 'Artist of the Year' award, a recipient of DC’s Power 30 Under 30 award, and an Artist-in-Residence alumna at the Music Center at Strathmore. Now 23, her latest album, Canvas, is quickly gaining critical acclaim.
Margot began her music career with the Washington National Opera at age 10, and by 12 was releasing her first album of original material. Since then, she has put out a second, third and fourth album (funded through the gracious support of her fans, raising $15,000 via IndieGogo), opened for national acts, and played both the SXSW and CMJ Music Festivals, and such venues as the Kennedy Center, 9:30 Club, Lincoln Theatre, Wolf Trap, The Birchmere, Strathmore, Rams Head Live, The Bitter End, Rockwood Music Hall 2 and the United Palace Theatre in NYC. She hosted the official BMI showcase series in DC, served on the board of directors for the Songwriters’ Association of Washington, and has led GRAMMY U and other songwriting workshops.
In her spare time, Margot supports nonprofits such as Musicians on Call and More Than Me, regularly performs at charity events, and advocates for the arts in DC. She has also been known to roast individual marshmallows, anytime, anywhere.
Kipyn Martin is an award-winning singer/songwriter who performs at festivals, concert halls, and house concerts from New England to Texas. Her latest release of original music, Dance Across the Sky won multiple Gold Awards in the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest. Kipyn is a past winner of the Washington Area Music Association's New Artist of the Year award and she also tours the country with duo partner Allison Shapira performing Joan & Joni - A Tribute to the Music of Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell.
Sara Curtinis a lifelong folk music lover and singer-songwriter. The Washington City Paper describes her 2017 album "Or So It Seemed" as “a full portrait of a human being: nuanced, complex, and contradictory.” She has performed across the US, UK, and Ireland, and is a current DCCAH Artist Fellow. Brightest Young Things names her “One of D.C.’s finest.”
Audiences find Maureen performing throughout the area as one half of Award Winning duo The Sweater Set. With The Sweater Set, she has won five Washington Area Music Awards, served as an Artist-in-Residence at the Strathmore Center for the Performing Arts, and has performed at such distinguished venues as the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Mansion at Strathmore, The Birchmere, and Lincoln Center.
“The rambling acoustic environment of New Morning—era Dylan and the smokiness of early Townes Van Zandt…his own compelling musical voice.” – Acoustic Guitar
“Digging deep and mining for the soul…One Of The Top 12 Albums of the Year” – Paste Magazine
“Magical…an early contender for one the best albums of the year.” – The Washington Post
I’ve been obsessed with writing songs and the guitar for as long as I can remember. I married young, am an adoptive parent, and the son of a preacher man. I toured a lot for a few years and put out a few records as Luke Brindley, Brindley Brothers, and Native Run. I never quite fit into (or cared about) “the business”. I grew up in New Jersey but live outside of Washington, DC.
Along with my brothers, I run Jammin Java in Vienna,VA – one of the Top 100 Clubs In The World.
The songs have a definite focus on the lyrics and hopefully offer a kind of deeper perspective. I tend to gravitate toward the larger worldview questions such as, Why are we here? What are we supposed to be doing? What does it mean to know another person? To love someone?
In 2010 I released A Hidden Wholeness.
In 2011 and 2012, I released two records with my old band, Native Run.
In 2013, I released a song every week (52 songs) with producer Chip Johnson and some talented special guests. You can download them here: http://bit.ly/1dVeQPL
In 2014 I released The Whiskey Switch, a stripped-down folk/americana record with Taylor Swift sideman, Mike Meadows, on mandolin and banjo and DC’s Laura Tsaggaris on harmonies. Currently, I’m writing a lot with other people, writing/recording my next projects to be released in 2015, raising a family, and running one of the best clubs in the country.
Laura Tsaggaris writes and performs songs on acoustic and electric guitar, piano, and ukulele. Most recently, she completed her fifth CD—a live record funded by fan contributions and pre-orders of over $20,000. Entitled Live At The Atlas, her latest work draws inspiration from some of the great live albums that shaped Laura as a songwriter (Nirvana: Unplugged, Ani Difranco: Living in Clip, Erykah Badu: Live, Fleetwood Mac: The Dance). The focus is acoustic, featuring one new song and fresh arrangements of 16 others from my previous full-length albums. Laura recorded Live At The Atlas on Friday, September 26th and Saturday, September 27th, 2014, before a live audience at The Atlas Performing Arts Center in the historic H Street Corridor of Northeast Washington, D.C. The album was released at the 9:30 Club.
Laura’s most recent studio album, EVERYMAN, was produced by Jamie Candiloro (REM, Willie Nelson) and invites comparisons to Bonnie Raitt and Sheryl Crow. It features backing vocals from Ryan Adams, guitar work from Doug Pettibone (Lucinda Williams, Ray LaMontagne) and pedal steel from Marty Rifkin (Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty). Film talents David Conrad (Wedding Crashers, The Ghost Whisperer) and Mark Schwartzbard (20 Feet From Stardom, Borat) shot the video for the first single, “Dig,” close to Laura’s hometown in Pittsburgh. The music video for the album’s second single, “Ask For It,” is made up of footage from a sold out release show at one of D.C.’s top venues, The Hamilton.
Laura has traveled the country for the last 15 years in support of 5 independent releases from her label, Overtime Records. “Overtime” comes from her days of fitting in studio time in the late evening and early morning hours before she was able to go full-time with music. Laura’s albums span the genres of Folk (EP – 2001, Proof – 2005), Rock (Keep Talking – 2009), AAA/Alt-Country (EVERYMAN – 2013), and Americana (Live At The Atlas – 2015). Chunky Glasses calls her “a skilled assured artist,” and AmericanaUK affirms, “Laura is real talent.”
“I was raised on blues and soul music. When I look at the core of myself, my name is Luther and I’m a 68-year-old black guy with one green eye and a couple gold teeth and I play harmonica in a blues band that plays at a dump in the ghetto. Nobody comes to the gigs, and I’ll have played there my whole life—like, five days a week my band plays there. One night, Keith Richards is in town and he comes in and jams with me. Word gets around and someone recorded it and then that record gets released, and I die the day before it gets released. When it’s released, it’s the biggest blues hit since Stevie Ray Vaughan. On the inside, that’s what I look like.”
Justin Jones is “rock and roll….No Auto-Tune, no gimmicks—just a songwriter with a guitar and a crack band,” says The Vinyl District’s Jennifer Carney. With a musical career that spans more than a decade, Virginia native Justin Jones is taking his soul-stirring brand of rock and roll on the road for his I Can Feel It Tour 2013 of the U.S.
Weaned on the sounds of southern soul, blues, and rock, Jones started playing open mic nights in Charlottesville near his hometown in his early teens. His first album, Blue Dreams - recorded in 2004, is the cornerstone of what turns out to be this prolific singer-songwriter’s catalog of albums, including Love Versus Heroin, I Am the Song of the Drunkards, and The Little Fox, that express both the lows and highs of love and life. “The songs I write and the music my band and I play, in my mind, is quintessentially American... It lives and breathes in the landscape that is America… sometimes soulful and sometimes stark… sometimes hard and sometimes lush. I like to think I write beautiful songs about death, sad songs about love, and hopeful songs about life. What I consider a kind of secular spiritual music.” Fading Light, Justin’s fifth album, was released in 2012. Produced by Jamie Candiloro, best known for his work with Ryan Adams and R.E.M., Fading Light is a collection of songs written over a two-year stretch.
In 2012, Jones took his emotionally charged live show on the road. His busiest tour to date, Jones and his band played 130 shows across North America, including stops at Virgin Mobile Festival, Floyd Festival, and the Austin City Limits Music Festival (ACL). It is no wonder Speakers in Code names Justin Jones one of the top-ten performances at ACL 2012, and Bob Boilen of NPR’s All Songs Considered lists Justin Jones “as one of the top performances of the year.” And all signs point to Justin Jones surpassing this momentum in 2013, with a new album and documentary on the way, an upcoming U.S. tour, and talk of a European debut.
Raised in New England, singer/Songwriter John Bustine held a number of odd jobs before settling on music. As such, Bustine weaves stories from his life on the road, along with his interest in religious texts into modern folk-tales.