Trent Dabbs, Ryan Tennis & The Clubhouse Band
1100 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19107
Doors 8:30 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Chicago-based Andrew Belle has made a name for himself as one of our more compelling songwriters since releasing his debut album The Ladder in 2010. Though that album held strong at number one for several weeks on iTunes's singer-songwriter chart and earned dozens of television and film licenses, Belle boldly followed a new muse on the album's electronic, alternative follow-up, Black Bear. His third and latest album Dive Deep doubles down on the ethereal electronic sound of Black Bear, and sees Belle pushing himself to new depths as a songwriter, a vocalist, and a composer. Soaring choruses and moody arrangements abound on Dive Deep, a thoughtfully crafted and deeply felt album that deserves consideration among peers like James Blake and Bon Iver.
Growing up in the rich literary and religious environment of Mississippi, and then moving straight into the country-soaked musical world of Nashville, Trent Dabbs has many stories to tell. Like Flannery O'Connor with her short story collection, A Good Man Is Hard To Find, Dabbs pieces his own spiritual and relational questions into well crafted folk-pop albums. The ghosts of Johnny Cash, old gospel-choirs, Neil Young, and Nick Drake are heard roaming the halls of Trent's songs.
This is especially true with Southerner, Dabbs' sixth full-length record to date. This album is both a return and a departure. The album is a return to Trent's heritage, and recalls how the South has shaped his art, but the tone is also a slight departure from his previous pop and rock-driven songwriting. The track titled, "Leave To See", the first song written for the album, fittingly describes the paradox of more clearly seeing your home from a different place, a different perspective. Trent says that on Southerner he, "wanted to peel back the layers . . . and portray ten separate stories that have been woven into my southern life".
An artist with a unique business sense, Trent Dabbs has forged his way through an ever-changing music industry by uniting some of Nashville's best up-and-coming musicians in a touring and recording collective called, Ten Out of Tenn. Many of these artists such as Erin McCarley, Andrew Belle, Katie Herzig and Joy Williams (The Civil Wars), among others, have gone on to have critically and commercially successful careers as performers and songwriters. Trent's own songs have been featured on television shows such as Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice, Hawaii Five-0, One Tree Hill, Pretty Little Liars, Vampire Diaries and many others as well as in feature films. Despite these successes, Trent remains a humble and avid supporter of his fellow musicians, and anyone who is looking to create authentic art. As noted inAthens Blur, "as beautiful as the talent Trent Dabbs helps introduce to the masses, it's his own music that merits the most attention."
Ryan Tennis & The Clubhouse Band
Listening to Ryan Tennis is like taking a road trip to a new place with an old
friend. Songs range from soul-touching acoustic ballads to roots funk and soul to rollicking reggae covers, but under it all is a foundation of groove and warmth that keeps you moving forward.
Tennis has toured the east coast of the US as well as Germany, Switzerland, Ireland, Colombia, Argentina, and Australia, and his music has a wide appeal to international audiences. He was a recent winner of the Philadelphia Songwriters Contest and has received airplay on nationally syndicated radio in the US.