Justin Trawick, Dan Fisk, Nathaniel Davis, Taylor Carson, Dave Farah, Crys Matthews, Heather Mae, Matthew Bryce, Andy Hawk
36441 Blueridge View Lane
Purcellville, VA, 20132
Doors 7:00PM / Show 8:00PM (event ends at 11:00 pm)
This event is all ages
Watch & Listen
Founded in 2008 by singer/songwriter Justin Trawick, "The 9 Songwriter Series" is a touring live music event based in Washington, DC. The show was created with the idea of nine artists getting together and combining their talents in order to play in nicer clubs and to larger amounts of people. Each installment features nine solo singer/songwriters performing in rotation and often sitting in with each other, providing audiences with a rich, intimate, varied listening experience. Where else can you hear almost 30 songs from nine different artists for only $12? To date, over 60 different artists have participated in "The 9", at events in DC, Arlington, Bethesda, Baltimore, Annapolis, New York City, Richmond, Charlottesville, Charlotte, and Philadelphia.
Justin Trawick is a Virginia native born in Leesburg, VA and now residing in Arlington, VA close to Washington DC. His music ranges in styles from folk/bluegrass all the way to funk/hip hop. Justin's lineup varies for each show and with instrumentation that includes: upright bass, electric and acoustic guitars, mandolin, banjo, saxophone, trumpet, cello, piano, harmonica, drums, and hand percussion.
Justin has opened for Brett Dennen, Bob Schneider, Pat Green, Ingram Hill, Edwin McCain, Pat McGee, Cowboy Mouth, Sara Bareilles, Jimmies Chicken Shack, The Gourds, K.C. and The Sunshine Band, Robinella, and Jenny Owen Youngs, and Basia Bulat.
Versatile, award-winning singer-songwriter, Dan Fisk, brings a dynamic brand of acoustic rock to venues up-and-down the east coast. Voted as one of Washington, DC’s “Hottest 5” musicians in 2010 and featured in the DC Metromix primetime special on CBS (WUSA*9), he is quickly garnering regional acclaim. Drawing comparisons to fellow Virginia natives Dave Matthews, Jason Mraz, and Pat McGee, Fisk’s ability to write memorable melodies coupled with his trademark percussive guitar-style is inspiring a loyal fan following. He has performed at events as diverse as New York’s Park Avenue Festival and has become a regular at leading local venues such as IOTA and Jammin Java.
Described as having a rhythmic, often chunky playing style, Fisk has spent more than a decade perfecting his sound. During solo performances he is able to showcase his guitar playing and vocal talents, letting the intricacies of his songwriting shine while infusing cover songs with his distinctive sound. The power of his performances can be heard with his full band on the 2008 album, Sight Lines, as well as his solo debut EP "Bruises From The Backseat".
As a full time musician, Fisk has worked hard at every aspect of being a “DIY” independent artist. He’s found it to be an inspiring challenge wearing many hats. Yes, he is the singer and the songwriter but finds the time, energy and talent to manage tasks from being the admin to acting as CEO of his own brand. Playing as many as 15 shows a month, his around the clock dedication to music shines through in every song.
Dan created Frame Your CD (www.frameyourcd.com), a company that caters to the independent musician, and is active with several DC area music networking groups, including Metro Music Source and DMV Musicians. His successful blog posts geared toward independent musicians have been featured on Grassrootsy and CD Baby. He also owns and operates a small studio where he records local bands, as well as his own music.
In June 2011, Fisk released "Bruises From The Backseat", his first solo EP, featuring the award winning song, “A Thousand Love Songs”. The album evocatively explores the timeless topic of love, lost and found, and includes creative collaborations with some of DC’s finest musicians; such as cellist Katie Chambers and local legend, Ted Garber.
Nathaniel Davis is an independent musician, a singer/songwriter, and a multi-instrumentalist, playing for many other projects as a drummer, percussionist, guitarist, and bassist.
"Hold On" is the debut release of all original material written by Nathaniel Davis, featuring the multi-instrumentalism. This 9 song release showcases Nathaniel on vocals, drums, percussion, acoustic and electric guitars, bass, keyboards/piano. The styles are eclectic....an array of americana with a strong indie folk vibe that shows an undercurrent of blues and rock influences.
Also featured on the album are: Chip Lutyk (multi-instrumentalist) - electric guitar, slide guitar, keyboards/piano, and saxophone. Jennene Estes - cello. Amir Bayati - violin. Angela Davis - vocals.
The title track, "Hold On" is the mantra of the project. "Can you hold on to your dreams like a child? Can you reach for the sun; feel it burn like a fire?" And so we step forth.........with this home spun production of heartfelt, emotionally charged music. It's a grass roots effort to bring out local art and music to come alive.
Taylor Carson hails from the land of the Dave Matthews Band, Virginia Coalition and O.A.R. While he built his musical chops on the shoulders of the acoustic rock superstars, his lyrical inspiration comes from the timeless wordsmiths like Paul Simon, Cat Stevens and Martin Sexton. His new record "Defending The Name," is a 16-song folk-pop epic that is introducing Taylor to a national audience.
Taylor writes the following in the artwork for his new record, Defending The Name: "These 16 songs are my story. This is the celebration of the triumphs that led to my confidence and the illumination of the tragedies that created my demons. My triumphs and tragedies brought me to music, music taught me to love and love is the resolution of Defending The Name."
Dave Farah is a 22-year-old singer/songwriter from McLean, Virginia. In early high school, he picked up a guitar and before long was writing and performing original music. He graduated in 2012 from the University of Miami, Florida, after double-majoring in Video Production and Creative Writing. Dave's currently in the process of recording his first EP, which aims for release later this fall. His influences vary greatly but some of his favorite musicians are Jason Mraz, Dave Matthews, Mat Kearney, Chris Ayer, Maroon 5, and many others. For now, Dave is keeping busy up and down the east coast between Boston and DC, but eventually, he's looking to move out to Nashville to keep writing, playing, growing in his music.
In the September 2012 issue of Curve magazine, Rachel Shatto wrote: "A Lesson Learned sounds like how a glass of iced tea tastes: familiar, comfortable and refreshing...Fans of Tracy Chapman and Ani DiFranco will find plenty to love with this album, as Matthews shares their gifts of telling simultaneously intimate and relatable stories, all while continuing to refine her own unique brand of R&B folk."
Since relocating from her home state of North Carolina to the DC area, Crys Matthews has performed at The Hamilton, Busboys and Poets, Sully's U St. Tavern, The Folk Club of Herndon-Reston, Jammin' Java, and Ebenezer's Coffeehouse. She is currently also on rotation with the Tasting Room Wine Bar (National Harbor and Reston). Her festival and showcase roster includes Folk Alliance International, Northeast Regional Folk Alliance, FolkFest St. Pete, Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance, Out/Loud (Eugene, OR) and many more.
A prolific lyricist and composer, Crys Matthews has penned three full-length albums and has already began working on a fourth. In 2012 Matthews released her sophomore album, A Lesson Learned, as well as an EP called The Izzle Ballads. Backroads and Driveways is her debut album and first studio release. Having found her voice in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and her inspiration for most of the album in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, Backroads and Driveways is about a journey. From “Traveling”—which was literally written on an airplane—to the title track, these songs play like journal entries along the road to love and happiness.
While most attendees at an industry conference in New York were wistfully sighing over their coffees and gazing at the room’s blank white walls, Heather Mae was staring them down with the colors of fierce creativity. And she hasn’t stopped.
Hidden beyond the maze of dull chairs and heavy bricks of PowerPoint text was the speaker’s pipedream suggestion. While most of the uninspired audience dismissed the idea of writing a song every day for a year, Heather Mae became relentlessly committed to the challenge. Sparking a 365 day journey, she trekked through over 30 states, making footprints of over 7,000 lyrics and 100+ artist collaborations. Her music is supported by an ever-changing cast of complimentary musicians, known as “The Make Believe,” some of whom she met during this project. Taking step one on October 1, 2010, Heather Mae is reaching another landmark 2 years later, releasing her LP “One Year of Songs.”
The Pop-Folk LP is her first full length project, a follow-up to her debut EP “Gonna Be Alright.” The growth is undeniable, as the album swirls with inspiration from her year-long project, showcasing 10 songs from her 365 piece collection.
At the heart of each arrangement are stirring ukulele melodies, which are either complemented by equally as optimistic lyrics or balanced by contemplative ones. Be assured that both sides of this story-telling coin are inspired and cathartic. Though Heather Mae channels the influence of traditional singer/songwriters like Ingrid Michelson, Anna Nalick, and Nora Jones, she (unsurprisingly) is willing to step out of this comfort zone, layering haunting but comfortable harmonies a la the Fleet Foxes or Barenaked Ladies. Rounded out by strategic guitar turns, her sound emits the same clarity that’s reflected in her lyrics.
Heather Mae’s music could show up on your local radio station or the next Garden State-esque soundtrack. It’s the seasoning of her year-long commitment that gives birth to this rare flexibility, having opened her musical identity to each experience of the project.
"Something happens to your art when you challenge yourself with a massive amount of work and a set deadline” said Heather Mae. “I used to wait for creativity to hit me, but after ‘One Year of Songs,’ I can brew creativity on the spot."
Andy Hawk is a songwriter living in Hamilton, Virginia, but he really misses the North. He's released seven CDs of original material (3 with the Train Wreck Endings) to critical acclaim...
He plays some solo acoustic shows, but also appears with the Train Wreck Endings, an Americana/Blues/Folk-Rock group that brings his songs to the stage.
Andy was born in Pittsburgh and has lived in Boston, Baltimore, and Columbus (Ohio) before settling below the Mason-Dixon Line.