Joe Johnson, Rowboat, Dustin Reid
3131 Walnut St.
Denver, CO, 80205
This event is 21 and over
Maxwell Hughes began playing at age 16 in his hometown of Fort Collins, CO. He began writing terrible songs and slowly improved over time. This self-taught instrumentalist received his first recognition in 2004 by winning a local Battle of the Bands as a solo artist. Today, he is a multi-award winning guitarist of a rare breed.
In 2010, Hughes joined world sensation, The Lumineers, focusing his skills as a singer/songwriter. From 2010-2011 he toured with The Lumineers and co-wrote 2 songs on their chart topping, self titled, debut album. From there, Hughes released his second album, Express, and spent 6 months traveling and playing music throughout S.E Asia and Central America. In September 2012, Hughes won 3rd place in the prestigious International Fingerstyle Guitar Championship in Windfield, KA.
Hughes’ live show is one that must be seen. His unique style and intricate two handed technique produces a tremendous sound-smoothie of melody, harmony and percussion. Drink it up! His music, engaging presence and humor are undeniably entertaining and his cross genre writing style will win over any music lover.
Hughes has two full-length instrumental albums with a third and fourth in the works. Available on itunes.
Joe Johnson has the most common of names but demonstrates the most uncommon talent. He combines an unforgettable voice with an uncanny capacity for writing beautiful and moving songs. His south Mississippi drawl masking a keen intelligence and an encyclopedic knowledge of music. For a man on a mission to bring roots music back to consciousness, he is uniquely equipped to accomplish his goal.
Raised an hour drive from New Orleans, in a state that has produced the very core of American music, Johnson grew up watching his grandfather spinning records and creating innovative engineering techniques in the recording studio at WRJW in Picayune, Mississippi. BJ Johnson was a noted country singer who enjoyed a 40-year recording career and founded WRJW. His son Byron – Joe's father – was a well known gospel musician. Joe's mother is a piano player and as far back as he can remember Joe sang with his family and learned to play guitar sitting around the front porch with family and friends.
Rowboat is a band from Denver, CO. With several years and three albums of solo work, the band has found stable waters. Daniel White plays the guitar. John Lundock plays the drums.
Matthew Till plays the bass. Sam McNitt sings the songs and worries about things. In February of 2013, Rowboat released their first full-band album, Of Disappearing. The music is simple and spacious and haunting.
To learn more about the band, visit their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/rowboatband
For all four albums and to download music: www.rowboatrow.bandcamp.com
Or watch their videos on YouTube by searching "rowboat denver".
Seeing release in November of 2012, Throwing The Bride To The Wolves is Dustin Reid’s first official album. It was recorded and co-produced by Joe Burkins of The Legendary River Drifters at Joe’s home studio from July 2010 through May 2012. Featuring instrumental contributions from Joe and various other members of the River Drifters, the album has an expansive, dynamic sound, with no two songs sounding alike. From the mandolin freak-out on Blacker Feathers, to the raga drone on Stolen Ribs, to the bluegrass-y Mulberry Wine, the record has an eclectic, modern feel, while still nodding to the sounds of the past. Evident are some avant-garde cues taken from modern day artists like Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Josephine Foster, and Bill Callahan, while the bluesy experimentalism of 60’s/70’s icons like Fred Neil, Pearls Before Swine, and Tim Buckley can also be heard.
Though this is his first release, Dustin has been playing around Denver and beyond for the past several years, usually performing solo, accompanied by his guitar, banjo, and mtn. dulcimer. As a testament to the diversity of his music, he has been extremely grateful to have shared the stage at festivals, bars, theaters, and living rooms with artists like Ian Cooke, Alasdair Roberts, Nathaniel Rateliff, Tiny Vipers, Charlie Parr, Josephine Foster, Joe Sampson, Jack Rose, Rev. Deadeye, Ben Sollee, Chimney Choir, A.A. Bondy, Tin Horn Prayer, Sean Hayes, Paper Bird, William Elliott Whitmore, and The Lumineers.