Joe Goodkin, John Adam Smith
3131 Walnut St.
Denver, CO, 80205
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Florida-based artist, Matthew Fowler, is the perfect storm of all the essential singer-songwriter elements: a flawlessly raw yet organic voice, intricate melodies, compelling musicianship, and an overwhelmingly rich and rootsy sound. He released his homegrown debut album, “Beginning”, comprising of songs written between the ages 14 and 19 years old. The record, which was recorded live in his kitchen back home in Orlando, was first singled out by American Songwriter Magazine who hailed: “Fowler shows the same mastery of earnest, strummy, songcraft as established artists like Damien Rice and Ben Howard.”
Since the album’s release, Fowler’s musicianship has been lauded by notable publications such as The Bluegrass Situation, CMT Edge, Acoustic Guitar Magazine, and Huffington Post.
Having started performing shortly after picking up a guitar for the first time, Fowler's stage dynamic has formed into a capturing experience - Opening for acts like Richard Thompson, Damien Jurado, Sea Wolf and Angel Olsen, along with live performances on various NPR affiliates, led Fowler to be hand picked by Sean Rowe (ANTI-records) as his opening act for a spring tour across the Midwest and Northeast.
PBS’ nationally syndicated "Music City Roots” applauded Fowler’s songwriting stating, “He shows poise and command way beyond his years. He delivered his lines over muted, minimal acoustic guitar and then answered those words with explosive chordal bursts, like punctuation”.
Matthew’s fervor for performing live will see him back out on the road with Tana and Adeline Prado, sisters who recorded on his first record, and provide lulling vocal harmonies, tasteful woodwind sections, and piano accompaniment. Fowler continues honing the tunes for his second album, and testing out new material on audiences across the country.
Joe Goodkin is a Chicago-based singer/songwriter. He tours the country performing his one-man folk-opera interpretation of Homer's Odyssey (over 200 performances in over 30 states) and for years released music under the name Paper Arrows. In 2015, he released his first solo record, Record of Life, to wide college radio play and positive press, and on February 10, 2017, he released a sequel to Record of Life, entitled Record of Loss. On September 29, 2017, he will release a third entry into the series entitled Record of Love, as well as a limited edition double vinyl issue of all three "Record of" releases.
John Adam Smith
John Adam Smith first picked up the guitar when he was ten years old. By 15, he was performing original songs in front of live audiences in his hometown of Missoula, MT. John went on to study Traditional West African Music, which heavily influenced his guitar style and songwriting in his early 20s.
John has thrilled crowds throughout the US, Canada and Australia with his ability to create huge sound as a one-man band. He’s been known to silence packed rooms with his seductive music, only to have everyone up on their feet and dancing for the very next song. From intimate venues to rowdy bars, John plays to the vibe of any audience, making each of his shows a truly unique experience.
John’s roots-driven music blends elements of blues, funk, rock, folk and reggae. He is currently touring solo as The John Adam Smith Experience, where he showcases his years of songwriting experience and refined skills as a multi-instrumentalist. He weaves intricate acoustic arrangements, punctuated by open tunings and the captivating sound of his Weissenborn Acoustic Lap Steel Guitar. The music of The John Adam Smith Experience is extremely versatile, ranging from upbeat and rowdy to sweet and soulful.
He finds great inspiration from legends such as Duane Allman, JJ Cale, Derek Trucks and Eric Clapton. John Adam Smith has opened for bands including Brett Dennen, Railroad Earth, Elephant Revival, Dark Star Orchestra, Galactic, Trampled by Turtles, Devil Makes Three, The Oh Hellos and many more.
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