Trent Dabbs, Ryan Tennis
1100 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19107
Doors 8:30 PM / Show 9:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Andrew Belle is a Chicago-based singer-songwriter. He released his debut album, The Ladder, in 2010 and will release its follow up in 2013. Andrew was presented a John Lennon Songwriting award in 2009 and is currently part of the critically acclaimed national touring group Ten Out Of Tenn.
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."
The charming authenticity of Ryan Tennis' soft on the soul sound leaves the listener with the comfortable feeling of time spent with an old friend. His singable melodies and disarming lyrics have drawn comparisons with Paul Simon, James Taylor and Amos Lee.
Tennis took a big stride to end a big year this fall, releasing a new collection of upbeat, emotionally nuanced songs — Goodbye To The Ground. The release also served as a fundraiser in conjunction with non-profit group The Philadelphia Sessions, which sent him on a Latin American tour to start 2011.
Tennis' eventful 2010 started with the emergence of his single "To The Moon" as a local crossover hit. With a video by Emmy-winner Brook Silva-Braga, the song's sweet strains and optimistic message earned it repeat airplay on multiple formats, including WMMR and WXPN. He has since appeared on NBC's "The 10! Show" and 6abc's "Tuned In." In April, Tennis emerged atop more than 600 entrants in the Philadelphia Songwriters Project 2010 Contest, winning over a seasoned industry panel to take the prize. He opened for Shawn Colvin in July, debuted with his band at the Philadelphia Folk Fest in August, and shared the stage with folk legend Ellis Paul.
Says Grammy-winning producer/songwriter Scot Sax: "Ryan's voice and songs are confident, natural and true. He has what you can't buy and you can't learn: Appeal." Tennis has performed in Australia, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Costa Rica, Laos and Thailand — a journey of personal redefinition that followed the end of his career as an All-American college football player.
Tennis credits Philadelphia's music scene with inspiring his sense of groove. He's organized a monthly series of "Clubhouse Concerts" in his home featuring standout musicians and reaching beyond the traditional folk scene. "What I learned from a couple years of listening to and playing with other Philly artists," Tennis says, "is that if it feels good and it sounds good — and if it's true — then it's good music."
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