Harmonica Dunn Presents!!
Chicago Songwriter Alliance #3
Donnie Biggins (Of The Shams Band), Michele McGuire, Diana Lawrence, Danny Shuma, Laura Sherman (of Tree), Paul Gulyas (of The Shams Band), Sam Wahl, Laurelin Kruse, Dann Morr, Maggie Kubley (of The Embraceables), Sarah Jane Goldstein
2447 N. Halsted
Chicago, IL, 60614
This event is 21 and over
Donnie Biggins (Of The Shams Band)
Music is supposed to be fun, exciting, thought provoking and daring. On every live performance, The Shams Band makes sure that their audience leaves each concert with a personal feeling of satisfaction. Drawing heavily from their Kinks, Rolling Stones, and Wilco influences, singer/songwriters Biggins/Gulyas create distinct, personal songs. Once completed with unique four-part harmonies, the songs
come to life, tell stories, and send audiences singing all the way home.
The Shams Band features music trapezing the line between blues, country, and pop music. They have opened for national acts Drive-By Truckers, Dawes, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes and Grace Potter & The Nocturnals.
The Shams Band is the epitome of a "do-it-yourself" group. They get every audience excited and dancing from their catchy hooks and rock 'n roll atmosphere. It's whiskey-driven. It's a party. It's rock 'n roll with a banjo.
Michele McGuire is an indie folk singer-songwriter from Chicago. The debut album, Mid-Western, is the 23-year-old's view of growing up on Chicago's South Side as well as traveling the rest of the country. "I think being from the Midwest is a really funny place to be from, because you don't really have a 'thing.' You could be anything" McGuire says.
The album's title, Mid-Western, is a re-appropri
ation of the Country-Western tradition, giving it a new home in the Midwest. McGuire also traces her musical roots to the Irish songs she's heard her uncles sing in pubs on trips back to Ireland, as well as the American folk music of Chicago's native son, John Prine.
McGuire's 2011 EP, Stories from the Blue, established her as one of the
Chicago music scene's new talents. Featuring the standout track, "Darling Girl," the album was an honest and intelligent coming of age tale.
Mid-Western follows in those auspicious footprints. Recorded at Horsedrawn Studios in Berwyn with McGuire's longtime drummer Steve McNamee and guitarist Brendan Linane (two childhood friends from the South Side), one of the album's themes is accepting the transient life of being a musician, as on the heartbreaking ballad, "Mama Can't Save Me Now."
It's not all sad songs here, though, and McGuire says she looks up to songwriters who can be serious and funny—often at the same time.
Mid-Western's centerpiece, "One Too Many," might fall into that category.
It's the story of two young lovers who escape the Midwest for California, until something goes wrong, and the narrator returns to Chicago wondering what happened. "I believe I've listened to one too many American love songs," she laments.
Mid-Western proves there's still room for one or two more love songs in the American songbook.
Laura Sherman (of Tree)
Paul Gulyas (of The Shams Band)
Laurelin E. Cruz is an indie singer and a quirky songwriter from the Colorado Desert. She is influenced by literally everyone from Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins to Two Gallants and literally everyone in between. Her favorite band is The Elected. She got serious about music on the day she thought to herself, "hey why not write some original sawngs?" Speaking of which, her songs deal with everything from getting turned down at America's Got Talent auditions to the weed apocalypse and literally everything in between. So far she has 4 songs but is working on a 5th and 6th now. Why does Laurelin E. Krause like music so much? To answer this we must first ask ourselves, "who's asking?" Then we will find that the reason she loves music is because of the way it makes her feel. Toward the end of paying to audit classes at Yale School, Laurelin E. Krooss met one Jack Goldman. "Who's Jack?" I bet you're wondering. Jack is an ESPY (ask Mirko what this is) winning producer known for his work with the found sex sound group Sidewalk Date. When Jack and Laurie first met he had her sign a contract agreeing that, with Jack as her producer, she had to do whatever he said and could never cry. After that they started whipping together her first sophomore album, "Winter in Stiles (or, Winter in Mindy's Eyes)." The more Jorg' pushed Larn toward "the Reliant K sound," the harder it became for Lar to stop herself from crying even though she knew he was right. Get excited because this album has everything from drum set to vocals to percussion and literally everything in between. As Lol Lin Ku says in her never before heard single, Jupiter, "keep your hat on."
Dann Morr is a Chicago-based songwriter and musician. Since the 1990s he has been a singer and multi-instrumentalist for his own bands High Energy Physics, Wells-next-the-Sea, The Carlisles, and Analog Radio as well as bassist and backing vocalist for a number of other Windy City singer/songwriters, indie-rockers, and alt-country groups including Mooner, Kerosene Stars, Kevin Lee, Jimmy Byron, The Gear, Phil Angotti, and Tom Daily.
After more than twenty years of recording and performing with several different groups, Dann is currently preparing to record his first full-length solo album, to be released in 2014.
Maggie Kubley (of The Embraceables)
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