Colin Gilmore CD Release Show
Julia Klee, Two Dollar Ransom
209 E. Washington St.
Bloomington, IL, 61701
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 7:30 PM
This event is 18 and over
Watch & Listen
Colin Gilmore grew up in Lubbock, Texas, spending many nights as a child in nightclubs like Stubbs, where he witnessed songwriters like Joe Ely, Terry Allen, and his own father, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, bring the stage to life. He developed a taste for Buddy Holly, Townes Van Zandt, and bands like The Clash and The Pogues. For 13 years, Colin has been informed by these observations, writing songs and playing under his own name.
His last album Goodnight Lane won fans across the world and critical acclaim, including 4-star reviews in Mojo and Uncut. The songwriting style he is creating has developed at its own pace and has emphasized uniqueness and truth above immediate public response. His star quality, both in live performances and songwriting, is understated but real. And he's just getting started.
Colin's upcoming album marks a departure from Goodnight Lane, sonically and stylistically. The recordings are happening in Austin and Chicago, under the direction of Rob Seidenberg and Tim Bennett, respectively. The album features two songs by Colin's lifelong friend Johnny Walker, of Archive War and Ignorance Park. It will feature a string section by Will Taylor and Strings Attached, guest vocals by Amanda Shires, Sally Allen and a host of other talents. Colin has also collaborated with his Chicago-based band on one song, which points to the way in which his travels are shaping his overall act. His tours in the US, Japan and Italy, and the crowd responses in all of them, prove that Colin has a rare gift that cuts across styles and cultures.
A packed house at Schuba’s (Chicago) for the release of her release, "Big Charade"
was a great start to a great year and a glimpse into the future of Julia Klee.
…"Every once in awhile, we see a live show that's so transcendental in its scope, that takes the live venue and transforms it into a singular experience, where the voices of the crowd drops away, and the artist becomes a singular focus.”…
-The Real Big Rock Candy Mountain-
Being featured on Chicago’s key radio stations, WLUW& WXRT and highlighted in The Chicago Tribune & Time Out Chicago, the word was out.
…"She's got pipes that rival Neko Case and Kelly Hogan."…
Prior to her full length debut- "Big Charade", Julia made waves in the Chicago music scene as the female counterpart of critically acclaimed songwriter, Joe Pug. In 2009 she was invited to sing with Pug and his band at Lollapalooza and several sold out shows at Schuba’s, The Hideout and also the album "Messenger". Then, after being invited to sing on the record, "The Best of Times," with Austin native Colin Gilmore, amongst country greats Willie Nelson, Rhett Miller, Shawn Colvin and The Flatlanders put her on the map and into the studio to make her own record.
"Big Charade", is a brilliantly crafted collection of piano driven songs with a cast of alt-country musicians that have a tour history ranging from The Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash, Head of Femur, Merle Haggard and ZZ Top.
Her song, "Overpass," a haunting duet recorded with Jim Becker of Iron & Wine, was a bizarre twist of fate, being that it was a live performance by Iron and Wine that inspired Julia to drop out of school years earlier to make music.
"We've never heard it's like before. As much as we love the rockers,
Klee truly shines on the slower tunes on “Big Charade”.
A rarity for us to love the slow songs, it's true, but that's the power of this record"
- The Real Big Rock Candy Mountain-
" By this time I thought I’d just be globbing on to a Julia Klee frenzy. But no. Seems like everyone else is still missing out on this great record. A great record, if you like songs about lost love, being used, left, hurt, or heartbroken. Or, if you’re a fan of singers like Dolly Parton, Kelly Hogan, Emmylou Harris, Neko Case… and yes, the album stands up to those comparisons.”
-No, Your Product
Two Dollar Ransom
Two Dollar Ransom (2$R) was created in early 2010 by Marcos Mendez and David Turrentine. Both are Texas native Texans that relocated to the Midwest. They played small venues and quickly gained some momentum locally. They added Tim Burns (California) on bass and Jack Kahle (Illinois) on drums a short time later. David, also a songwriter, made the decision to step down from his role as lead/acoustic guitar player and focus on his songwriting. At that time, John Morris, a seasoned musician born in Texas and raised in Louisiana, was added to the band. David continues to be the principal songwriter for the group, with Marcos and John also contributing to the song repertoire.