On Your Radar: Hosted by John Platt from WFUV
Kristin Andreassen, Zak Smith, The Hello Strangers
185 Orchard St.
New York, NY, 10002
Doors 6:30 PM / Show 7:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Kristin Andreassen's career has had a curious Centaur-like quality of being more than one thing at a time. Her band Uncle Earl (with Abigail Washburn, Rayna Gellert & KC Groves) recorded straight-ahead old time fiddle tunes under the rock-n-roll production guidance of John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin. Her "folk noir" trio Sometymes Why (with Ruth Merenda & Aoife O'Donovan) lays down some of the most delicate harmonies ever to have received an iTunes Explicit Lyrics warning. Her best-known song "Crayola Doesn't Make a Color For Your Eyes" has been embraced equally by kindergarteners and newlyweds. And as a one-time professional clogger and traditional dance enthusiast, her gigs these days are just as likely to involve square dance calling as singing songs.
But while Kristin's tunes may defy genre categorization, they're held together by the clear and direct nature of her delivery. She'll pull you in every time.
Zak Smith, Montclair, NJ - "He's got an amazing ability to incorporate the sounds of alternative rock with Americana to form his own signature sound... remember his name" (Gary Wien, "Are You Listening? The Top 100 Albums of 2001-2010 from New Jersey Artists).
Zak, 2012 Jersey Acoustic Music Award Winner forBest Vocalist, has a traditional and gospel influenced alternative/americana sound that has come from years of listening to artists like Neil Young, The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, and The Temptations.
Zak has been on several successful east coast and international tours, filmed many music videos, and received coast to coast buzz and sales from his releases including the latest album, THE PRECAMBRIAN AGE. Stay updated by joining Zak's e-mail list from his website, liking his facebook page, or downloading his free smartphone app.
The Hello Strangers
What does Austin-influenced, rural-Pennsylvanian, indie sister-folk sound like? Verbosity aside, it sounds uniquely like The Hello Strangers, a sister duo whose haunting harmonies and original, wittingly noir songwriting style are the backbone of their sound.
The Hello Strangers were born out of the Austin, Texas music scene in 2006 when sisters Larissa Chace Smith and Brechyn Chace wrote their first song together, entitled "Pregnant in Jail." Based on true events, it was a preamble to a string of original tunes the pair crafted in a little cottage off South Congress Avenue. Soon, however, the mountains of Pennsylvania beckoned the girls back north, and so they packed up their lives, dogs, and Larissa's husband and returned to their two-stoplight hometown.
The move has since proven to be a boon for the duo. The sisters have created a catalogue of original music with nods to American folk traditions, modern indie rock, Texas country-folk, and roots rock, all tied together with lilting harmonies that only sisters can create. Timeless imagery and fables are at the core of each song, from tales of a boggy creek bottom where a murdered man sleeps, to a Texas roadhouse with bawdy dancers and clinking beer bottles, to more poignant reflections on the loss of winter or a man gone wrong.
The sisters are backed by Spencer Pheil on guitar, Trent Renshaw on drums, and Tom Hoy on bass.
The Hello Strangers recently won the AirPlay Direct "Win An Americana Record Deal Contest" and will have the honor of working with IMI Music in Nashville, Tennessee on their forthcoming album.
No Surf Music calls them "perhaps the most exciting prospects on the Americana scene today, with dark, perfectly crafted lyrics expressed through a pair of harmonious voices literally born to sing together and coated in folk-inspired music bolstered by a fresh, modern attitude."