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Robyn Hitchcock, Pat Sansone (of Wilco & Autumn Defense), Tristen, Joe Pisapia, Lauren Strange, New Man & more
1 Cannery Row
Nashville, TN, 37203
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is 18 and over
Robyn Hitchcock is one of England's most enduring contemporary singer/songwriters and live performers. A surrealist poet, talented guitarist, cult artist and musician's musician, Hitchcock is among alternative rock's father figures and is the closest thing the genre has to a Bob Dylan (not coincidentally his biggest musical inspiration).
Since founding the art-rock band The Soft Boys in 1976, Robyn has recorded more than 20 albums as well as starred in ‘Storefront Hitchcock’ an in concert film recorded in New York and directed by Jonathan Demme.
Blending folk and psychedelia with a wry British nihilism, Robyn describes his songs as ‘paintings you can listen to’. His most recent album is self-titled and marks his 21st release as a solo artist. Out on April 21 2017, the album is produced by Brendan Benson (The Raconteurs). Hitchcock describes it as a "ecstatic work of negativity with nary a dreary groove."
It has received rave reviews from UNCUT, Rolling Stone, Paste, Tidal and more.
"A gifted melodist, Hitchcock nests engaging lyrics in some of the most bracing, rainbow-hued pop this side of Revolver. He wrests inspiration not from ordinary life but from extraordinary imaginings..." - Rolling Stone
"These 10 gems slither, rock, roll, glide and shapeshift, coalescing around Hitchcock’s typically anxious, strained but striking and immediately identifiable vocals." - American Songwriter
"Beloved of everyone from Led Zeppelin to REM, Hitchcock has only enhanced his status with this wonderful outing." - Hot Press
"Witty, moving and seriously catchy, Robyn Hitchcock is a glorious return for a man who wasn’t really gone in the first place." - Paste Magazine
Pat Sansone of Wilco & Autumn Defense
American multi-instrumentalist in the rock bands Wilco and The Autumn Defense.
The mononymous singer hailing from Nashville, Tenn., released 2011’s Charlatans at the Garden Gate and 2013’s CAVES to critical acclaim. The folk-oriented Charlatans earned her praise as “Nashville’s best-kept secret” (The Boston Globe), and the more synth-pop-oriented CAVES featured “tales of greed, alienation and heartache, made poignant but never saccharine by their electronically enhanced surroundings” (Nashville Scene).
Tristen’s third record, Sneaker Waves "abounds in toothsome melodies and glistening layers of guitar and synth" (NPR) and was released on July 7, 2017 via Modern Outsider.
Joe Pisapia is a singer, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist best known for his work as a member of Guster and k.d. lang and the Siss Boom Bang. He co-produced and co-wrote Guster’s 2006 release, Ganging Up On the Sun, an album that cracked Billboard’s Top 25 and was one of the best selling internet albums of the year. He did the same on the band’s 2010 Easy Wonderful. He produced and penned the title track for lang’s 2011 album, Sing It Loud, and acted as music director for the accompanying tour.
As a producer and mixer, he’s worked on some of the finest indie rock and pop and Americana records to come out of Nashville in the last few years. Among his credits are Ben Folds Five’s The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind, Drew Holcolmb And The Neighbors’ Medicine, Chuck Mead’s Free State Serenade, Josh Rouse’s Country Mouse City House, Courtney Jaye’s The Exotic Sounds Of Courtney Jaye, Matt Wertz’s While We’re Becoming, William Tyler’s Lost Colony E.P. and Paper Hats, The Silver Seas’ Alaska and The Pierces’ self-titled album. When the Grammy Award-winning band Fun. needed orchestral recording for its Grammy performance, they called on Pisapia.
Born and raised in Rahway, New Jersey, Pisapia migrated to Nashville in the mid-1990s with his brother, the drummer Marc Pisapia, as the namesake members of Joe, Marc’s Brother. Following its Rick Clark-produced self-titled debut, the band quickly became progenitors of a burgeoning indie pop and rock scene that included artists such as Josh Rouse, David Mead and Lambchop. In 2000, the release of the Robin Eaton, Roger Moutenot and Brad Jones-produced Around the Year with Joe, Marc’s Brother cemented the band’s reputation as masters of the pop-rock genre. While Joe, Marc’s Brother as a unit now performs infrequently, Pisapia continues to record and perform as a solo artist. His 2002 release Daydreams was given four stars and called “stellar” by AllMusic.com. Ron Sexsmith called 2015’s Nightvision, “amazing” and the “best thing” he’s “heard in a long time.” He’s currently working on a collaborative EP with singer and songwriter Kate York.
He lives in East Nashville with his wife Jennie and cat Ernie.
A Memphis-born singer/songwriter with a penchant for catchy hooks, harmonies and edgy pop rhythms, Nashville-based Lauren Strange cites influences from PJ Harvey and Liz Phair to the Pixies while simultaneously utilizing her skills she cultivated as a longtime student of classical music.
After being named the Grand-Prize Winner of the John Lennon International Songwriting Contest, Strange relocated from her hometown of Memphis to Nashville, TN in 2011. Once in Music City, Strange cut her teeth as a background singer, making a name for herself as one of the most sought-after young vocalists in Nashville, where she has collaborated with a wide range of artists, including Paul McCartney, Passion Pit, and Little Anthony & The Imperials. Strange’s previous EP “Say Yes” was released in 2014; in 2015 she toured internationally with Jennie Vee (Courtney Love, Eagles of Death Metal) and in 2016 she issued her cover of The Cranberries’ “Zombie.”
Strange’s adeptness at songwriting and unparalleled ear for harmonies caught the ear of producer and experienced songwriter Tony Smith (SLEEPER/AGENT), who took Strange under his wing to record the entirety of her 2017 EP “Salt” at his home studio in East Nashville. The duo enlisted the help of friends including Lincoln Parish (formerly of Cage the Elephant) on guitar, to put finishing touches on the project. “Salt” perfectly illustrates not only Strange’s versatility but also her truly unique ability to genre-meld while maintaining a cohesive and relatable artistic vision.
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