LINDI ORTEGA, ANDREW COMBS, HUMMING HOUSE

Psyko Steve Presents

LINDI ORTEGA

ANDREW COMBS

HUMMING HOUSE

Tue, April 28, 2015

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$12.00 - $14.00

This event is 21 and over

LINDI ORTEGA
LINDI ORTEGA
"The song Tin Star speaks to the plight of the struggling musician," explains country songstress Lindi Ortega, sporting her signature red lips and red boots. "To those who are so driven by their passion that they soldier on, despite the odds being against them."

Fortunately for Ortega, her star continues to rise, catching the attention of critics, fans and radio stations worldwide.

Tin Star, the brand new album of the same name from the Toronto born, Nashville dwelling singer-songwriter, is incredibly close to Ortega's heart and is influenced strongly by life in her adopted home of 'music city'.

Produced by Grammy award-nominated producer Dave Cobb (Jamey Johnson, Secret Sisters, Shooter Jennings), the album builds on the success of Ortega's previous two critically acclaimed works, 2011's Juno Award-nominated Little Red Boots and last year's Polaris Music Prize long-listed Cigarettes & Truckstops. It further flaunts the distinct voice and skilled songwriting that the singer has come to be known for and showcases the unique double edged sound that she has defined.

"It's always my goal to raise the bar with each record I put out. I have witnessed so much talent living in Nashville that has inspired me to push myself even further," says Ortega, "I like to work with different musicians and producers to change the feels of every release. I don't want to risk making the same record over and over. Working with a new group brings a new spirit and new ideas to the music."

Several songs on the album touch on the classics of country music. Loneliness, unrequited love, crumbling relationships and primal desire pepper Tin Star and give Ortega a chance to let her contemporary twist on traditional country shine through.

'Hard As This', one of the standout tracks from the album, speaks to difficult relationships, how they often seem to be more trouble than they're worth and the feeling of giving all you have and it still not being enough. While 'I Want You' takes the dark undertones that Ortega's music is known for and explores the dark side of desire and the need to be bad to get what you want.

"I have this drive to prove people wrong; people who thought I should give up or assumed I'd never get anywhere. I decided to name the album Tin Star to always remind me where I came from; to never forget my humble beginnings and years of hard work and struggle."

Whether the stars she's imagining are in the night sky or made of tin hanging on an old barn door, Ortega's painting a picture of a career continually on the rise despite any obstacles that may come her way.
ANDREW COMBS
ANDREW COMBS
Andrew Combs is a songwriter, guitarist and singer from Texas who lives in Nashville. His debut album, Worried Man, was named one of American Songwriter’s Top 50 Albums of 2012. He has toured with Jason Isbell, Shovels & Rope, Caitlin Rose and Houndmouth. “When it comes to singer-songwriters with lyrical skills, Andrew Combs is the real deal,” writes Southern Living. “The Nashville-dwelling, Dallas native is well on his way to becoming a preeminent voice in his genre.”
HUMMING HOUSE
HUMMING HOUSE
The spotlight on Nashville, with its musical values and timeless traditions, is currently bright. And no band embodies what's right about 21st century Nashville more completely than the quintet known as Humming House.

It's the way they weave together threads of Music City's folk, soul, and bluegrass legacies. It's in the inspirational and revealing songwriting. It's in their acoustic instrumentation, presenting mandolin, fiddle, acoustic guitar and bass in fresh roles. It's in the pleasant tension between rousing energy and nuanced arrangements. And it's in the voices, with two complimentary stylists up front and backed by the full band's rapturous harmonies.

Revelries, due out March 24, 2014 on Nashville label Rock Ridge Music, is the third recording bearing the Humming House name, yet it's something of a debut. Version one of the band came together in 2011 when songwriter Justin Wade Tam called on some friends from a local Celtic music jam to flesh out recordings of songs he'd written. The sessions, assisted by Tam's star producer colleagues Mitch Dane and Vance Powell, mixed strains of bluegrass and Irish braided with vintage swing and open-throated early 60s hootenanny folk music. Humming House earned some quick attention for videos of its infectious songs "Cold Chicago" and "Gypsy Django." They landed performance slots with tastemakers such as Lightning 100, Daytrotter and the Americana Music Association festival. They had chops, respect, and trajectory.

After that, two personnel additions galvanized the band. Leslie Rodriguez brought a lustrous female vocal to mesh with Tam's hearty singing. And fiddler Bobby Chase brought classical training and down-home fire. That rounded out a band of highly skilled instrumentalists, including Josh Wolak on mandolin and Ben Jones on acoustic bass. Between the five of them, there's scarcely a genre or period that somebody in the band hasn't spent time learning or embracing, from Leslie's early love of show tunes to Josh's time playing bluegrass to Bobby's occasional beat boxing. They're the picture of East Nashville's melting pot musical culture, and Revelries is the first album these musicians have written, arranged and recorded together.

As complete as they are in the studio and on record, Humming House is fundamentally and emphatically a live band. With scarcely a tube's worth of amplification or electricity and a drum kit's worth of percussion distributed among the band members, they emit force on stage and demand attention. They've rocked rooms of all sizes and played Forecastle Festival, Bristol's Rhythm & Roots Festival, and the Cayamo Cruise with the elite of Americana. They opened the new Music City Roots hall in The Factory in 2014, sharing the bill with Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell.

Vocals are the emotional core and lure of Humming House. They are five voices deep, with a galvanizing male/female twin attack over the top. Tam and Rodriguez sing as soloists or a duet, depending on the song. Humming House works out careful hand-offs and big harmonies, including frequent passages that are just vocalizing, chanting beautiful music on top of their robust instrumental attack.

The title of Revelries comes from a lyric in the tenth track on the album, "Carry On," a feisty and ambitious song in which delicate charango plays counterpoint to a muted guitar. The rhythm is jagged and intoxicating. By the time we get there we've heard the striding opener "Run With Me," the quick-stepping waltz "Fly On" and Leslie's showcase song, the smoldering and bluesy "Nuts, Bolts and Screws." The album's first single, "Great Divide," is a fervent ode to travel, motion, and new frontiers—a recurring theme that's also touched on in the fiddle and accordion-driven "Hitch Hike" and the rapturously rocking "Freight Train." A classic jazz ribbon of smoke drifts through the magic "I'm A Bird." And then, after "Carry On," Revelries concludes on the drifting "Atlantic"—a throwback folk song that evokes old sea shanties.

If the new Nashville means anything, it's about musicianship and authenticity. Quite often that results in sounds that are fascinating and appealing to critics and fellow musicians. Occasionally, artistry emerges that's both profound and widely appealing. And when it does, as with Humming House, it's cause for revelry.
Venue Information:
The Rhythm Room
1019 E. Indian School Road
Phoenix, AZ, 85014
http://www.rhythmroom.com/