WolfCryer, Mark Utley, Josh Eagle
111 East 6th Street
Newport, KY, 41071
Doors 4:00 PM / Show 10:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Watch & Listen
WolfCryer is here to tell the truth, even if nobody will believe it.
Matt Baumann began his music journey as a classical, jazz, and ambient saxophonist. Even while studying the likes of Albert Ayler and John Coltrane in high school in St. Louis, MO, and then in college at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, Matt was just as intrigued with the music of singer-songwriters. He was drawn to the truth, sincerity, emotion, and power evoked by the likes of Warren Zevon, Tom Waits, and Woody Guthrie. After having a dream in which he was playing banjo and singing his own songs, Matt quit playing saxophone (his instrument of the previous 20 years), bought a banjo, and embarked on a journey anew as WolfCryer.
Eschewing the "flailing" or "claw-hammering" of the more common five-string banjo, WolfCryer opted for the plectrum banjo, a four-stringed instrument that is played with a guitar pick. Adding harmonica and eventually guitar to his repertoire, Matt has crafted a vast catalog of autobiographical songs:
"Baumann plays folk tunes, pure and simple: they’re the sort of songs that could be played a century ago or a century in the future and be pretty recognizable. Those barebones arrangements leave nowhere to hide, but Baumann doesn’t need to cover anything up. His evocative baritone deftly conveys nuanced emotion, and he varies his strum patterns enough to make these . . . songs quite distinct from each other." (Stephen Carradini, IndependentClauses.com)
In 2013 and 2014, WolfCryer released a series of homespun EPs, showing off his songwriting prowess in its most raw and unfiltered form. These EPs (Prospect of Wind, Wild Spaces, Hell's Coming Down, and The Long Ride Home), are available on his BandCamp page.
Currently, Matt is working on his first full-length album, which will combine the raw power of the homemade EPs with the cleanliness and warmth of the recording studio. The songs will be a combination of new material and reworkings of older songs. Keep your ear to the ground, this album is sure to be a tour de force.
Cincinnati-based singer/songwriter Mark Utley is the driving force behind the acclaimed roots-rock/Americana band Magnolia Mountain, the honky-tonk Country outfit Bulletville, and the two "Music for the Mountains" fundraising concerts and compilation albums.
ACT 1 SCENE 1
During the finishing of Josh Eagle and The Harvest City’s first record Show Your Teeth, frustrated with overindulgence, sins against himself, and a slight writer’s block, Josh booked a flight to Hawaii. It was 3000 miles off the mainland where Eagle begun to stick his hands in the dirt, gaining knowledge of farming and working on what would become 2011’s A Good One is Hard to Find. Eagle’s distance away from his hometown allowed the head and the heart grow stronger. The remainder of time away finished up along the HWY 1…Monteray, Los Olivos, Big Sur, San Francisco, Muir Woods. It was here where ideas became to be concrete. The outcome of Eagle’s hiatus were songs gifting homage: memories of hometown Cincinnati, romantic Hawaiian escapes, and a young man’s desire to become one with himself and the vast American landscape. Welcome home.
ACT 2 SCENE 1
ENTER HARVEST CITY
Josh Eagle and The Harvest City came together in the spring of 2009. Setting out to consistently create and perform heartfelt tunes inspired by the grit and storytelling of Tom Waits, the simplicity of Neil Young and abundant warmth of early 1970’s recordings. Consisting of Jeremy Smart (guitars/pedal steel,vox), Mark Becknell (drums,vox), Tommy Cappel (bass), and Josh (vox, rhythm guitar, harmonica). In the spring of 2010 the foursome spent a month in Cappel’s rural setting All Nighter Studio (Monroe, OH) recording what came to be the foursome’s debut record -Show Your Teeth. Receiving large national air-play and rave reviews: NPR’s Brian O’ Donnell raved “A fine record. Show Your Teeth is a dandy.”
There is NO Intermission for Tonight's BIO
With comparisons to Whiskeytown, Wilco, Big Star, and Ray Lamontagne, JEHC released their 2nd album, ‘A Good One is Hard to Find’ in the summer of 2011. Since it’s release, JEHC has been invited to share shows with Robert Earl Keen, Hayes Carll, Todd Snyder, and members of Zach Brown Band. They have toured the Midwest/Eastern United States, has had songs played in commercials/TV shows and winner of 2011's CEA Award for Singer/Songwriter
JEHC Released "Josh Eagle and The Harvest City" their 3rd record in Aug. of 2013. They all reside happily ever after in Southern Ohio/Northern KY.