BREWER & SHIPLEY with Vicky Emerson

Brewer & Shipley

Recognized as one of the most successful folk rock duos of the 70's, Brewer & Shipley have remained true to their original form for an astonishing 5 decades.

Although best known for their Top 10 signature song, "One Toke Over The Line" which permanently etched their names in rock history by becoming an anthem of the 70's counter culture, Michael Brewer and Tom Shipley were by no means a one trick pony. In all, the duo landed 3 singles on the Billboard charts and had the pleasure of working with such notables as Mike Bloomfield, Leon Russell, Jimmy Messina, and the late Jerry Garcia.

Constantly touring Brewer & Shipley could be found performing in such notable venues as: Carnegie Hall, The Bottom Line, The Troubadour, The Roxy, Keil Opera House, and Arrowhead Stadium. Because of their broad appeal, they became a favored support act for major tours, sharing the stage with a diverse list of artists, including: Elton John, The Eagles, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Bonnie Raitt, Electric Light Orchestra, Jethro Tull, Humble Pie, Ted Nugent and Black Sabbath among others.

In 1979 after more than a decade of writing, traveling, and performing, Brewer and Shipley parted company to pursue personal interests. Michael Brewer continued to make music, recording a solo album for Full Moon Records entitled Beauty Lies. This release featured guest artists such as Linda Ronstadt and J.D. Souther, and was produced by longtime friend Dan Fogelberg. Tom Shipley began working as a television producer/director, eventually forming his own production company (Tarkio Communications). He later founded the Oral History of The Ozarks Project, a non-profit organization producing documentaries about life in the Missouri Ozarks.

In 1986, at the request of KCFX (Kansas City) the duo reunited for a concert to celebrate the stations first birthday. Unsure of what to expect having been out of the public eye for so long, the duo was overwhelmed as they walked on stage to over 10,000 cheering fans welcoming their return. Having come full circle from their days as staff songwriters living in Los Angeles, Brewer & Shipley began writing together again. Their first project? The soundtrack for one of Shipley's documentaries...the award winning, Treehouse - An Ozark Story.

In recent years, the duo has witnessed rejuvenated interest in their music, beginning with BMG's purchase of their catalog and subsequent re-issue of the critically acclaimed Tarkio release. This was soon followed by the inclusion of "One Toke Over The Line" on the Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas Limited Edition 25th Anniversary CD (Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville Rcds). The same song was later featured on the Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas motion picture soundtrack (Geffen Rcds.). In addition, the duo was invited to contribute guest vocals to their trademark song on Hempilation II (Capricorn Rcds.).

Brewer & Shipley continue to tour and record regularly, having released 2 albums of original material since reuniting - Shanghai and Heartland. Regarding Brewer & Shipley, Ron Sylvester (The Branson Note) wrote, "An actual group from the 70's still capable of making vital music...For a duo best remembered as 70's folkies, this is a solid blast into the present...undeniable proof these guys can still make evocative music".

Singer/songwriter Vicky Emerson has been heralded by the Minneapolis Star Tribune and No Depression for her gorgeous, dusky voice and songwriting chops on previous releases but her new album, Steady Heart, which she self-produced, has firmly established her as an essential, strong female voice in Americana music.

With the onset of the #metoo and #timesup movements, Emerson began evaluating her career and her own #metoo moments. It became apparent that in her own Minneapolis music scene, many women were not in control of their own sound.

Emerson explains, “The lack of female leadership and representation really started to bother me. I believe in being part of the change I’d like to see within the fabric of our music community. The vision I had for this album was crystal clear in my mind. I decided it was time to trust myself and my musicianship.”

After releasing three critically acclaimed albums, Emerson believed it was time for her to step into the role as the producer. Also, this group of deeply personal songs seemed an ideal fit for Emerson to shepherd from pre-production to duplication. “The title track,“Steady Heart,” is a love song which I wrote for my husband. Love is beautiful, crazy, messy and complicated. It can be the greatest high and also the most heart wrenching low. I started writing from a place of love and the rest of the songs that followed came from this sincere, honest and vulnerable place.” She launched a wildly successful Kickstarter for Steady Heart and the album was recorded, mixed and mastered in the summer of 2018.

Emerson was raised in rural Wisconsin, has lived in New York City and San Francisco before relocating back to her roots in Minneapolis with her husband to raise her children. She continues to tour the nation as a solo artist as well as with her Americana duo, The Home Fires, with good friend Sarah Morris. Emerson and Morris have also launched Front Porch Music Group, a Minneapolis-based consulting firm for singer/songwriters.

Emerson has opened for Gregory Alan Isakov, Malcomb Holcombe as a solo artist and Emmylou Harris and Ben Rector as The Home Fires. Steady Heart reached #52 on the Americana Music Association Album Chart and #4 on the European Chart while the single, "The Reckoning" continues to rise on the Americana Singles Chart at #34.

$20 Advance / $25 Day of Show


This is a seated show.

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