Daphne Lee Martin, RØY
250 State Street
New Haven, CT, 06510
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
“HOW TO BE OKAY ALONE.” That’s what Brent Cowles scribbled in a notebook one afternoon as he grappled with the complexities of his newfound independence. It was meant to be the start of a list, a survival guide for navigating the solitude and loneliness of our increasingly isolated world, but instead, it turned out to be a dead end recipe for writer’s block.
“I realized then that I actually didn’t know how to be okay alone,” reflects the Denver native. “But I also realized that it was okay not to know.”
A deeply honest, intensely personal portrait, the record channels loss and anxiety into acceptance and triumph as Cowles learns to make peace with his demons and redirect his search for satisfaction inwards. Blurring the lines between boisterous indie rock, groovy R&B, and contemplative folk, the music showcases both Cowles’ infectious sense of melody and his stunning vocals, which seem to swing effortlessly from quavering intimacy to a soulful roar as they soar atop his exuberant, explosive arrangements.
Growing up, Cowles first discovered the power of his voice singing hymns at his father’s church in Colorado Springs. Having a pastor for a parent meant heavy involvement in religious life, but Cowles never quite seemed to fit in. At 16 he fell in love with secular music; at 17 he recorded his first proper demos in a friend’s basement; at 18 he was married; at 19 he was divorced. Meanwhile, what began as a solo musical project blossomed into the critically acclaimed band You Me & Apollo, which quickly took over his life. The Denver Post raved that the group created “some of the most exciting original music in Colorado,” while Westword proclaimed that their live show was a “clinic in roots rock mixed with old-school swing and blues,” and Seattle NPR station KEXP hailed “Cowles’ Otis Redding and Sam Cooke inspired vocals.” The band released two albums and toured nationally before they called it quits and amicably went their separate ways.
The parting was a necessary but difficult one for Cowles. In the ensuing months and years, he would find himself alone more than ever before, at one point living out of his Chevy Tahoe just to make ends meet. But rather than break him, the experience only strengthened his resolve, and ‘How To Be Okay Alone’ finds him thriving in the driver’s seat as a solo artist, making the most of solitude while still appreciating that it’s only human to need love and friendship.
“Hell if I know how to be okay alone,” Cowles reflects on it all with a laugh. “All I know is that I’m grateful for the people that I have, because I don’t think that anyone can get through this life by themselves.”
Daphne Lee Martin
Daphne Lee Martin started making music when she was just a kid. It was oldies radio, playing “Chapel of Love” and Daphne was singing along harmonies when her folk-singer mother overheard her and began teaching her. Growing up in southern Ohio, the family had always been around a great wealth of white gospel, mountain ballads, classic country and Old Time fiddle and banjo tunes. She was never one for the raucous numbers, but stuck mostly with the torch songs and does to this day.
New London, CT was the home base for the group of musicians who’d helped Daphne get started with the first album, she and long-time friend Craig Edwards joined up with a group doing Hot Club style covers and they all formed a string band supporting Daphne’s original songs, giving them their signature swing. Over time, it became Raise the Rent, focused on a harder, darker edge incorporating drums and electric guitars into the set and leaning ever harder on timeless melodies and arrangements inspired by the tin pan alley writers of the 20s and 30s and of course, Tom Waits. She developed a vocal style based on the chanteuse sticky-sweetness of Blossom Dearie, the twang of Patsy Cline and the indie wistfulness of Neko Case.
‘Dig & Be Dig’ was released in November 2011 and Daphne has been recording and touring full-time as a solo artist (with some wonderful session players at times) ever since. She is currently recording her 5th studio album, Scared Fearless, due out in 2018.
Daphne also owned an independent old-school vinyl record shop, The Telegraph until 2017, and is now building a publishing company. Stay tuned for more!
Contradictions have always been a part of Indie singer-songwriter Roy Halim’s journey. A first-generation American son of Muslim Albanian immigrants, Roy should feel like the quintessential outsider. Instead, he focuses on creating a sense of community, providing inspiration and connectedness for his listeners. With a bold and raw, yet soft and polished sound, mixing bravado with subtle restraint, his head actually sings with his heart. Think of Chester Bennington and Morrissey, and add a contradictory hint of Ed Sheeran - Roy’s that unique.
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