Peter Mulvey, Ross Bellenoit

Peter Mulvey

THE GOOD STUFF, Peter Mulvey's fifteenth record, is a collection of standards which promptly rejects the accepted definition of “Standard” in favor of a more vivid, open approach. The music of Tom Waits is right there with Duke Ellington; Willie Nelson next to Thelonious Monk; Jolie Holland juxtaposed with Bill Frisell. Mulvey (along with his band, the Crumbling Beauties) address each tune with a true artist's touch. His mirthful, gravelly baritone is front and center from moment one, and every track is a master class in restraint, phrasing, and commitment.

Twenty-odd years on the road, performing songs from his own catalog and from a vast, varied, and deep well of classic and obscure covers, has prepared Mulvey to deliver this collection. Night after night, the process of divining the heart of a song, being alert to where the moment can lead, has shaped him as an artist. To each rendition, he brings the soul of a singer, a light touch in a heavy world.

Ross Bellenoit's Home Songs EP series offers a set of literate, folk-pop compositions that straddle the line between the junkyard blues of Tom Waits’ disjunctive grooves and 80s new-wave nerd-pop. Prior to Home Songs, music fans already knew Bellenoit from his 2010 solo vinyl LP Eight Track Mind, and also as the stunning Telecaster slinger for the critically acclaimed Sweetback Sisters (Signature Sounds). He’s also lent his guitar skills to internationally renowned songwriters like Amos Lee (Blue Note), Joseph Parsons (Blue Rose), and Birdie Busch (Bar/None). More recently, Bellenoit has been enjoying a blossoming career as a record producer for other artists, having helmed successful debuts for songwriters Suzie Brown, Ginger Coyle and Aaron & The Spell. He’s also collaborating with Emily Zeitlyn (The Weeds) in the new indie outfit Divers. His band has been wowing Philadelphia audiences with their muscular yet sweeping sound. His songs are laced with lyrical wizardry, yet packed in a one-two punch of rock and roll dynamism that features a lot of groove and a lot of tasteful guitar pyrotechnics, leaving jaws on floors, ears vibrating and faces melted.

Ross Bellenoit

Ross Bellenoit announces the digital and CD release of "Home Songs Volume 2" — the second in a series of three EPs being released this year — a set of literate, folk-pop compositions that straddle the line between the junkyard blues of Tom Waits' disjunctive grooves and 80s new-wave nerd-pop. Each of the "Home Songs" EPs comprises six songs — self-produced and recorded at Bellenoit's home in South Philadelphia — with postproduction handled by Bellenoit's partners at Turtle Studios, Rob Shaffer and Jeff Hiatt. The second installment proves as whimsical and world-weary as the first, but the arrangements feature a more intensely spartan quality, a greater directness in his intentions. Songs like "Lust" leave a deep, haunting imprint on the listener, while "Your Face" disguises a degree of snark in the lyrics with an uplifting lilt in the music. Music fans already know Bellenoit from his 2010 solo vinyl LP "Eight Track Mind", and also as the stunning Telecaster slinger for the critically acclaimed Sweetback Sisters (Signature Sounds). He's also lent his guitar skills to internationally renowned songwriters like Amos Lee (Blue Note), Joesph Parsons (Blue Rose), and Birdie Busch (Bar/None).

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Peter Mulvey, Ross Bellenoit

Wednesday, May 1 · Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM at World Cafe Live Philadelphia - Upstairs