RAMSAY MIDWOOD

RAMSAY MIDWOOD

ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND PESOS, SHAWN SKINNER & THE MEN OF REASON

Mon, July 27, 2015

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

$7.00 - $10.00

This event is 21 and over

RAMSAY MIDWOOD
RAMSAY MIDWOOD
Texas singer-songwriter Ramsay Midwood's music is at once highly idiosyncratic but also as familiar as a bad habit. His bluesy, rootsy romps instantly start your head bobbing as his bizarre lyrics full of rich, Southern Gothic visuals set your imagination flowing. His style and lyric-making ability will excite and confuse you in the way that good poetry can. His music is bright with surprise, sultry beat, and innovative comparative operators. One can liken his sound and style to a potpourri of incense and smoky vapors complicated by the thick heat of a swamp and spiced with healthy dashes of salt, sandpaper, and beer foam. A strong sense of plain-stated, Southern Gothic surrealism helps buoy the themes of loss and redemption infused throughout his work. You've not heard another musician like him. Two albums are out now: Shootout at the OK Chinese Restaurant and Popular Delusions & the Madness of Cows. A third album is due soon. The best intro to Ramsay Midwood is one he wrote himself though: "I was always an admirer of Woody Guthrie's seemingly heroic undertakings. I vowed to fight his same righteous fight. I immediately broke this vow by chasing an actress to Hollywood and many songs later I chased a stripper from Wisconsin to LA, realizing that I was a simply a make-believe cowboy unconsciously herding women of questionable virtue into a corral in my head, where I could engage in long periods of self-loathing. This was when I decided to start my own space program. The initial fund-raising has been difficult, but I'm certain once I get my driver's license things will pick up."
ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND PESOS
ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND PESOS
With a mellow, easy voice and unrefined, yet wise songwriting that hints of a life of honest living - Jim Bachmann has been entertaining the phoenix scene and gaining momentum over the past few years. ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND PESOS is Bachmann's newest and heaviest musical venture, focusing on the Crazy Horse / JJ Cale side of the blues-rock coin.
SHAWN SKINNER & THE MEN OF REASON
SHAWN SKINNER & THE MEN OF REASON
Born and raised in the desert, rooted in the landscape of the west. Sunbaked Americana.

Shawn Skinner has been playing guitar since the age of 12. After learning a few chords from his brother Scott, Shawn settled in for hours upon hours playing till his fingers rubbed raw. He mostly taught himself, but always soaked in advice from anyone who knew their way around the fret board.

At the same time, Scott, Shawn and their little sister Amber would learn to sing many of the country-western songs they heard on their father’s radio. Led by Scott, the Skinner kids (along with a few close friends) started a band. Eventually named “Wildfire”, the band’s first gig was entertaining a church pancake breakfast social. They quickly moved into local bars and nightclubs, playing anything from Merle Haggard to Alabama to Lynyrd Skynyrd. The band would make a great run, bringing the house down for the better part of nine years.

These days you can find Shawn (often joined by "The Men of Reason" - Chris Priebe on bass and Mike Soucy on drums) singing his own brand of heartache and love, struggle and faith. From telling it like it is in the song “You Better Not Miss” (a true story), to searching for solid ground in the song “Mainstay”, Shawn has come into his own as a singer/songwriter.
Venue Information:
The Rhythm Room
1019 E. Indian School Road
Phoenix, AZ, 85014
http://www.rhythmroom.com/