Emily Elbert, Seth Glier
52 Church St
Cambridge, MA, 02138
Doors 7:30 PM / Show 8:30 PM
This event is 18 and over
ITim Harrington and Paul Wright got their start playing for spare change in Boston’s Faneuil Hall Marketplace. In a few short years since, Tall Heights has headlined venues across the country, toured down to Austin, TX to showcase at South By Southwest Music Festival, and performed alongside national acts like Laura Marling, Ryan Montbleau, Andrew Belle and Wild Child.
For the duo’s debut full-length effort, Man of Stone (May, 2013), Tall Heights hits the home studio, sinking deeper into the vast world they’ve meticulously built for two. The title track and first single, Man of Stone, recalls a time when cavemen documented day-to-day existence on the walls of their stone-sheltered dwellings. “Emblems of cavemen they taught me / the importance of typing in bold,” contextualizes the rest of the record and challenges a careful listener to view each song as a vital documentation of what is both banal and extraordinary. The record exists in a fire-lit, shadowy space for their growing army of fans to inhabit. After two powerful EPs, there has been a growing cry for more from these young artists, and Tall Heights delivers with an LP of grand vision and scale.
Tall Heights released their first EP, Rafters, in September 2011. In a time when artists of their genre oft retreated to the wilderness to record, Tall Heights stayed in the city. These five tracks were recorded over a few sweltering months in a small bedroom of their Boston apartment with an SM58 microphone, an iMac, a guitar, a cello and their voices. And, although there was neither cabin nor lake, Rafters spread across their Thoreauvian folk scene like brushfire, with over 6,000 copies sold to date.
With their sophomore release, The Running of the Bulls EP (October, 2012), Tall Heights responded to their fans’ growing hunger to download and relive the enchanting, bottomless ambiance of their live performance. Over four days at Q Division Studios in Somerville, MA, Tim and Paul shut their eyes, breathed and performed, recording some of their most haunting material. Thematically, the EP’s narrative voice, quiet and bold, continually locates the artist as a vigilant figure on a fast-paced and ever changing landscape. Fittingly so, The Running of the Bulls EP, humble and live, further established Tall Heights as an ever stronger force on this robust folk scene amongst the nation’s most esteemed new artists.
Emily Elbert is going places. Full of love, soul, and wanderlust, the 24-year-old has performed all over the U.S. and in 15 countries around the world, from Peru to Palestine, from Turkey to Thailand. Raised in Texas on a musical diet of Antonio Carlos Jobim, James Taylor, and ’60s radio, Emily first fell in love with guitar as a teenager. Electrified, she dove into writing, singing, performing, and recording, and set her sights on attending the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. She soon landed a coveted spot in the Gibson/Baldwin Grammy Foundation’s jazz ensemble, and was awarded a four-year, full-tuition scholarship. Now the recent Berklee graduate has played over 600 shows internationally, released three independent albums of original material, and won awards on both sides of the Atlantic.
Known for her strong melodies, straight-to-the-heart vocals, and intricate guitar work, Emily has performed at some of the best listening rooms and clubs in the country. These include Brooklyn Bowl, Hotel Café, Club Passim, The Cactus Café, The Tin Angel, City Winery, The Living Room, Rockwood Music Hall, and The Kessler Theater. She has also opened for artists including G. Love & Special Sauce, Tuck & Patti, Richie Havens, Leon Russell, Kaki King, Jorge Drexler, Kate Voegele, Joan Osbourne, Ryan Montbleau, Livingston Taylor, and Patty Larkin. Recent awards include being selected as the First Place Winner of the 2012 B.W. Stevenson Memorial Songwriting Contest, as well as a 2012 Timberland Community Eco-Friendly Artist. She was also named to the top five of the Mountain Stage/NewSong contest in 2010 and Glamour Magazine selected Emily as one of their Top Ten College Women, 2010. She’s a winner of Scotland’s 2009 BurnSong International Song Contest and was named the Best New Artist of 2008 by WUMB-FM Radio in Boston. The Dallas Morning News selected her as Local Rookie of the Year, 2007.
Music lovers have watched Emily’s YouTube videos in droves, including over 400,000 views of her version of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and over a million views of her YouTube channel. She’s played festivals ranging from Indonesia’s Java Jazz Fest to Massachusetts’ Boston Folk Fest. Emily co-produced and self-released her debut album, Bright Side, in 2006 and her second album, Proof, in 2010. Her third CD, a live, full-band recording, entitled Alive, In Love was released in May, 2012. The Boston Folk Festival says, “Emily is among the most glowing of the upcoming generation of American singer-songwriters, if ‘upcoming’ even applies to this phenom any longer.”
Singer-songwriter and Grammy® nominee Seth Glier knows the challenges of emerging into adulthood all too well. Over the course of just a few short years, Glier has gone from opening act to headlining his own shows as well as major folk festivals, all culminating in a nod from the Grammys® this year for the work he did on his sophomore record, THE NEXT RIGHT THING. Having spent the majority of his teens and early twenties on the road, the now 24-year-old Massachusetts native describes his new album THINGS I SHOULD LET YOU KNOW as "a reckoning with adulthood.”
THINGS I SHOULD LET YOU KNOW offers one young man’s perspective through expertly crafted stories entwined with exceptional musicianship and rife with incredible lyrical detail. Glier’s songs aim straight for the gut and cast light on the challenges of adult life, through the lens of the everyday person.
For his third album on MPress Records, Glier opened himself for the first time to the opportunity of working with co-writers. As he explains: “I co-wrote a tune with Livingston Taylor, and a few with Ellis Paul and Marshall Altman. I’m very protective of my words, so co-writing seemed scary, but in the end I trusted these writers and we found a common vision.” Glier, who has received two Independent Music Awards for his previous works, self-produced this LP, THINGS I SHOULD LET YOU KNOW with longtime collaborator Ryan Hommel and brought on Grammy® Nominee John Shyloski (Johnny Winter, Stephen Kellogg) to mix and master.
Since the release of 2011’s THE NEXT RIGHT THING, Glier has shared the stage with artists as diverse as James Taylor, Ani DiFranco, Martin Sexton, Toad The Wet Sprocket and Edwin McCain. A troubadour in every sense of the word, he plays over 250+ shows a year, and when it came time to pen this record he decided to do it from the road. Bits and pieces of songs were strewn across state lines, sung into mattresses, recorded in one fan’s kitchen in Cleveland and on another’s rooftop in San Francisco. As Glier asserts, “I wanted ‘Things I Should Let You Know’ to be a transformative experience for the listeners and I knew it couldn’t be if I wasn’t being transformed along the way.”
The title THINGS I SHOULD LET YOU KNOW might suggest something secretive, or that the young songsmith has something to hide. However, as Glier is quick to clarify, in fact the opposite is true. "This record is about confession, it’s about baring all your skeletons in the light of day, making some much needed room in your closet, and living wide open."
The album’s opener and title track is a stark confession accompanied by layered vocals and a hushed and haunting musical arrangement. One of the last songs composed for the album, it marks a brash departure from formula and sets the listener up for an expansive ride full of cinematic twists and turns. From the driving, story-telling pop of “Man I Used To Be” to the uplifting, New Orleans-influenced “New World I See”, Glier’s impressive range as a vocalist, pianist and guitarist stirs the listener to reflection, the same way writing it did for Seth.
As a national spokesperson for the Autism Speaks, an advocate for Musicians On Call, and with a ROCK THE VOTE Road Trip 2012 stop under his belt, Glier has become increasingly comfortable expressing his social beliefs, both onstage and off. Not surprisingly, when pressed for what song he is most proud of on the album, Glier chooses the Woody Guthrie-inspired “Plastic Soldiers” “because it’s definitely the most political song on the record.” In his signature narrative style, Glier sings from the point of view of a father and soldier, coming to terms with his choices in life and refusing to lead his son down the same path.
On the chilling and intimate “Too Hard To Hold The Moon”, Glier gets incredibly personal, dropping the character shield and revealing that the track ”is about my Mom and Dad…about my Mom standing by my father as he learns to live in sobriety.”
Everything comes full circle with the album’s powerful closer, “I Am Only As Loved As I Am Open”. Amidst a swirling drone of harmonium, pump organ and bowing strings, Seth Glier ascends into adulthood by delivering his most mature collection of songs yet - revering acceptance and reveling in self-discovery.
THINGS I SHOULD LET YOU KNOW is available nationwide. For an updated tour schedule and Seth’s complete discography, visit www.sethglier.com.
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