SBL Entertainment Presents
Seth Glier, Bossa Zuzu
1000 K Street
Sacramento, CA, 95814
Doors 6:00 PM / Show 7:00 PM (event ends at 10:00 PM)
This event is all ages
Born Crystal Lynn Bowersox on August 4, 1985, in Elliston, Ohio, to parents Bill and Kelly Bowersox. Crystal shares her birthday with her brother, Karl, who is her fraternal twin. Crystal's life started with several difficulties, including her parents' divorce when she and her brother were barely 2 years old. By the age of 6, she was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.
The family struggled with all the adjustments, including tighter finances and new family members. The result was constant fighting. Crystal had a particularly rough time with the changes; she witnessed physical fights between her mother and stepmother, and her father was sent to jail on domestic violence charges after an altercation with Crystal's 15-year-old stepbrother. Bowersox channeled her frustrations into her music, teaching herself how to sing, as well as how to play guitar and harmonica. She began performing professionally at the age of 10, which provided the family extra money. Other gigs followed, including a performance for a skydiver's funeral, for which she was paid half in cash and half in skydiving lessons. The additional income also helped Crystal, who was often teased about her threadbare appearance, to buy her own clothes.
By the time she was a freshman in high school, Crystal had devoted herself completely to her music. She left Oak Harbor High School to attend the Toledo School for the Arts in Toledo, Ohio, where she started writing her own songs - including one she composed as a tribute to her father. By the age of 17, however, Bowersox's home life had deteriorated to the point that she considered dropping out of school and moving out. She stayed home long enough to graduate, then moved to Chicago, Illinois, to perform in local clubs with various bands.
She returned to Elliston in 2009, where she began regularly performing with childhood friend and fellow musician Frank May. Her talent helped her snag a win in the Blade Battle of the Bands competition, and her success convinced friends and family that she should audition for the reality competition American Idol. She toyed with the idea for several months, but it wasn't until she became pregnant with her son, Tony, that she decided to compete. "I needed to turn bar gigs into a bigger career," Bowersox later told her local paper. "Kids aren't cheap, and [my son] needs everything I never had growing up."
After giving birth in 2009, Bowersox headed to Chicago to compete. She eventually landed a spot on the ninth season of the show. In March 2010, shortly after landing in the top 10 women finalists, Bowersox developed complications from her diabetes, and had to take a leave of absence from the show to recover. She finished in 2nd place to Lee DeWyze in the show's finale. Not unhappy with the outcome, Bowersox stated, "We both win. Both of us are going to have very successful careers and we're going to be friends for a long time."
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.