Alyssa Graham, Ross Christopher
4191 Manchester Avenue
St. Louis, MO, 63110
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is 18 and over
Following a year that introduced him to international success, James McCartney is already headed towards an exciting and unprecedented 2013.
McCartney is fresh off the release of his two digital-only EPs, Available Light and Close At Hand, as well as his first physical release, The Complete EP Collection, a special two-disc set produced by David Kahne and Paul McCartney that includes the debut EPs in their entirety along with five bonus tracks. Now in the studio once again, James McCartney is preparing to release what will be his first full-length album in 2013, accompanied by major US and European tours.
The US tour will bring McCartney to over 50 cities coast-to-coast as he performs a unique solo-acoustic show of never-before-heard material mixed with fan favorites. Accompanying himself on guitar and piano, McCartney's soaring vocals, songwriting, and musicianship are highlighted in this intimate and powerful setting.
The success of The Complete EP Collection catapulted McCartney to national awareness in America with his U.S. television debut on The Late Show with David Letterman. McCartney followed with his first tour of North America. Of McCartney's performances The NY Daily News writes: "An infectious set . . . [he] has clearly forged a winning sound of his own." The Boston Globe adds: ". . . the younger McCartney's promising pop-rock tunes make clear he's learned a few lessons about melody, phrasing, and charm."
Looking forward to the thrilling year ahead, the next phase of his career is beginning to take shape and McCartney's goals are clear. "Some artists are happy doing the same thing again and again, but my favorite artists are the ones who evolve and grow, and I want to be one of them." With a new album and multiple tours on the way in 2013, James McCartney continues raise the stakes, and in doing so he succeeds in filling some very big shoes . . . his own.
"The right voice…a sumptuous and flexible croon"—NY Times
"Dynamite!"—The Philadelphia Inquirer
With iTunes lauding her as one of their "New and Noteworthy" singer-songwriters, Sunnyside Records is set to release the new full-length album from Alyssa Graham, Lock, Stock & Soul, January 31. Produced by Grammy winner Craig Street, Lock, Stock, & Soul exhibits Graham's return to her pop and folk roots. The album succeeds The Lock, Stock, & Soul EP that garnered praise from AOL Spinner, Paste, MSN and Direct Current Music who called the recording a "remarkable, gear-changing project." Graham's 2008 debut on Sunnyside Records, Echo, was chosen as one of Elle Magazine's "Music Picks" and acclaimed by the Washington Post, who said, "…it smokes!"
Graham's self-released debut, What Love Is was heralded by All About Jazz as one of the "Best New Recordings of 2005." In 2008, Graham signed to Sunnyside Records and released her second album, Echo, which charted at number 24 on the "Billboard Top Contemporary Jazz Chart." The New York Times also named Echo a "Critics Choice CD" and iTunes named it one of the "Top 10 Vocal Jazz Albums of the Year."
Graham attended the New England Conservatory of Music where she studied voice and contemporary improvisation. With Lock, Stock & Soul, Graham turned to her musical roots for inspiration—the classic 60's era folk rock of Neil Young, Nick Drake, Bob Dylan among others. Producer Craig Street helped assemble a renowned group of musicians including Me'Shell Ndegeocello playing the understated roll of bassist, guitarist Chris Bruce (Sheryl Crow and John Legend) and keyboardist Keefus Ciancia (Elton John and Iggy Pop) to collaborate on the album. Lock, Stock & Soul includes contributions from longtime musical partner and songwriter Doug Graham; friend Jesse Harris, who is known for his work with Norah Jones, Madeleine Peyroux, Melody Gardot; and Austin Music Hall of Fame member Davíd Garza.
Not since the emergence of John Popper and Blues Traveler in the early 1990's has an artist successfully brought a non-traditional instrument to the forefront. Following in the same trail-blazing footsteps is ROSS CHRISTOPHER, an artist that plucks the electric violin from complete obscurity and places it front and center, holding down main melodic duties in a forward-thinking alternative rock sound.
ROSS CHRISTOPHER is "intensely original," creating gritty acoustic textures and delivering them with confidence and zeal. Clearly influenced by groups such as Dave Mathews Band, Radiohead, Led Zeppelin, and U2, ROSS CHRISTOPHER weaves intricate sonic textures while telling stories accumulated along life's long, winding road. Resonating with questions, intimacy, faith, love, and tales of growth and transition, the lyrics are ubiquitous and speak to the human experience. With songs arranged to pop-perfection, it's only a matter of time before ROSS CHRISTOPHER rises to the top of the charts.
Response to ROSS CHRISTOPHER has been immediate, and the most recent album entitled "Act Alive" has been received with rave reviews from both critics and fans. It has landed RC on bills with nationally touring groups such as Guster, James Taylor, Tom Petty, Gavin DeGraw, Kenny Chesney, The Wallflowers, The Black Crowes, and Carlos Santana, which has also helped him perfect the live show for which he has become notorious. Live ROSS CHRISTOPHER concerts are known for gripping electric-violin solos, seamless guitar work, tight percussive grooves, and intense melodies, all of which are performed with passion and sincerity.
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