Sima Cunningham, Rock Falls
1354 W. Wabansia Ave
Chicago, IL, 60642
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
Singer-songwriter Angela James' music is clearly influenced by the strong voices of country/folk music in the 60s & 70s - Patsy Cline, Tammy Wynette, Sammi Smith, Linda Rondstadt, etc., but spacious and often experimental arrangements lend a modern, edgy & brooding feel to her songs. James' debut EP, Down and Out, was released in November of 2012 and received a 4-star review from Time Out Chicago: "In her hands, Americana is something best delivered with care, slowed to a crawl and unspooled gently, yielding dusty, delicate passages that put you in a sleepy honky-tonk... Far from down and out, these songs suggest an artist on the up and up."
She is currently putting the finishing touches on her first full-length record, Way Down Deep, which features collaborators across several different Chicago musical communities and was recorded in three different locations.
For this show she'll be joined by co-producers of the record: Jordan Martins (bass, steel guitar, and lead guitar) & Charles Rumback (drums) with a couple of special guest stars.
Sima Cunningham has been on the Chicago music scene since her first album, Squeeze, which she recorded at age 15 with one of Chicago’s leading independent rock producers, Brian Deck. In 2008, the Chicago Sun-Times recognized her as one of the “Women to Watch Under 30″ and music critic Jim Derogatis heralded her as “an incredibly powerful and self-assured performer, with a smoky, sexy voice.” Her music has strong roots in blues and Americana folk-rock, weaved in with an eclectic mix of jazz and Bowie-esque vocal melodies. A year ago she returned to Chicago from New York and started a new project with a host of talented fellows: Dorian Gehring (Exit Ghost), Charles Rumbach (Colorlist, Whirlpool), and Liam Cunningham and Lane Beckstrom (Marrow, Kids These Days). The group recently completed a new EP with Deck, due out at the beginning of 2014.
Rock Falls is a small farming community in the northwest corner of Illinois. Situated on the Rock River, it is a quiet, little town with only five stoplights, acres upon acres of farmland and green leaves and grass that stretch as far as the eye can see. It is where Annie Reese was born and raised, and as it has been the strongest influence on her life, it was only fitting that it should be the moniker for her gentle, lo-fi, folk music. She now lives and performs in the city of Chicago, but is still very much a small-town girl.
Her songs are honest, succinct, oftentimes dark, and always powered by an emotional vulnerability that is palpable. Through her music, Reese captures the private, intimate moments that are frequently missed or ignored in today’s synthetic world—the chilling wind whipping outside of old apartment windows, the stillness that comforts us during times of heartbreak. Stepping away from the blue light of a computer screen and moving toward the blue light of dawn, rock falls is the soundtrack to this movement.
Annie Reese will be performing at The Hideout with Andrew Trim (guitar), Kurt Schweitz (bass), and Matt Carroll (drums).
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