22 Rock City Road
Woodstock, NY, 12498
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
Ryan Martin’s sophomore record, Gimme Some Light, is the sound of catharsis and renewal, loss and reinvention. It is a living jukebox, full of vivid, deeply personal songs that span considerable emotional and sonic terrain. Drawing from the same well of timeless American music that informs artists like Neil Young, Ryan Adams, Gillian Welch and Bruce Springsteen, Martin’s themes can get dark - self-doubt, longing, heartbreak, addiction - but the music is full of bold melodies, energy, humor and hope.
Recorded at The Art Farm (Felice Brothers, Nels Cline) in Upstate New York, Gimme Some Light goes deep and wide into Martin’s songbook. From the dark and twangy Americana of ‘Death of Love’ to the driving R.E.M.-ish jangle of ’Say You Love Me’, the modern rock exaltation of ‘Lepers In Armor,’ to the timeless fragility of ‘Real Human Being’; these are classic songs luminous with imagery and feeling.
Originally from Los Gatos, California, Martin started writing songs when he was 14 and was soon playing in bands and doing solo gigs up and down the West Coast. After a traumatic car accident in 2005, life took a dark turn and Martin found himself bouncing between jail and treatment. Realizing he needed a fresh start in order to turn his focus back to his music, he made his way to New York City. He soon found a band, and an audience, and recorded his excellent debut album, For All the Beautiful Losers. After gigging around NYC, touring all over the United States, engaging new fans, and becoming a father, Martin felt he was ready to make a record that reflected a new sense of hope and purpose.
Gimme Some Light will come out on June 29, 2018 on High Moon Records. The label will release the first single, ‘Death of Love’, on April 19th, with a beautifully-shot video that blends French New Wave cinema with a classic Americana vibe.
Two more videos will follow, leading up to the album’s release. Martin will tour the U.S. throughout 2018, with additional European dates to be announced.
Acclaimed Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Leslie Mendelson is touring in support of a handful of recent single releases, including her latest, "The Hardest Part," as well as, a forthcoming studio album, ‘If You Can’t Say Anything Nice…’ due Fall 2019. The collection is largely inspired by John Lennon's 'Plastic Ono Band.' “I listened to nothing but this album for an entire month and it made me fall in love with music again,” says Leslie.
Where her previous work more closely dealt with matters of the heart, this time Leslie and her longtime writing partner Steve McEwan examine anxiety stemming from the current social climate with songs like "Medication," "I Need Something To Care About" and "Would You Give
Up Your Gun." 'If You Can't Say Anything Nice...' follows Leslie's 2017 release ‘Love & Murder.' The recording features a duet with The Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir on Roy Orbison's standard, “Blue Bayou,”
as well as, haunting originals like “Jericho” and “Chasing The Thrill.” 'Love & Murder' led to two US tours opening for Roger Daltrey and a support set with The Who at Madison Square Garden. Glide Magazine declared it, “one of the best records of the year.” All Music called it a "poignant return." During this same period, Leslie was asked to write and record a duet with Jackson Browne for a documentary due later this year. It had been eight years prior when Leslie's Grammy Award-nominated debut album, 'Swan Feathers' was released.
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