Maxwell's Country Series Presents
October Rose, SPINN, Carolyn Miller
1039 Washington St.
Hoboken, NJ, 07030
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 8:30 PM
This event is 21 and over
Derek Allan and Leanne Weiss formed the country music duo October Rose in 2016 after years of performing separately as solo artists. The two separately have played across the Eastern half of the United States and opened for a who's who list of top 40 country artists including Dierks Bently, Kenny Rogers, and the Stickers. Derek is originally from Pittsburgh, PA and relocated to New Jersey in early 2016. Leanne has been a Jersey native her whole life and established a strong local following with the support of NYC's only country radio station, NashFM. Since October Rose was launched, the two together have performed all over NYC in storied establishments such as The Bitter End (11/3) and Webster Hall among others. The duo was honored to perform on America's Morning Show in September of 2016. Their first EP "All In" is expected to be released in the spring of 2017 and will be recorded with gold-record producer Chris Badami of Portrait Recording Studios.
The very moment you meet Stephanie and Cheryl Lynn Spinner you will feel an instant sense of familiarity. People tell them this all the time. Whether you meet them in passing, or you see them live, you may just feel like you have known them for your whole life.
Spinn features the kind of instinctive vocal harmonies that seem to only come from kin, and they create country-rock songs that are deeply personal, and totally danceable. Add in an autoharp (that’s right, I said autoharp..) and feel your soul come to life to the soundtrack of their music. The proud history in country music of family bands singing close harmonies accompanied by autoharp runs deep. From the Carter Family, to Dolly Parton, to Spinn. While the Carters helped define the very notion of country music, Spinn is branching out.
Cheryl Lynn took up autoharp to give their live duo performances a unique twist. Though the autoharp is a big part of country tradition, nobody in Top-40 country plays one these days. Tradition is important to the Spinn sisters — Cheryl sometimes wears one of their dad’s favorite belts onstage, while Stephanie rocks a well-loved, broken-in pair of cowboy boots — and autoharp was a way to connect with country music’s past. It also adds a unique twist to their live shows, and not just because of the way an autoharp sounds.
"Cher has been known to "Rock out" pretty hard know the autoharp!" Says Stephanie. Laughing, Cheryl Lynn adds "I get pretty aggressive, I have to tape the banjo picks to my fingers or they fly across the room and have even popped a few strings on stage!" If autoharp suggests prim old-timey folk, the Spinn sisters give it a modern update, dancing and laughing their way through upbeat, super-energetic shows where it’s impossible to sit still.
The sisters describe their music as “city country,” which makes sense: they’re city girls playing songs with a country edge. The twins grew up in northern New Jersey, in a house where music was always on. “On Saturdays, our mom would be cleaning the house listening to Bruce Springsteen, and you’d go out to the garage and our dad would be working on the car, listening to Kenny Rogers,” Cheryl Lynn says.
They took to music at an early age, creating what they call “our first cohesive song” when they were 5. As kids they sang in a church choir, where they arranged harmonies for their elders and played in bands with friends in elementary and middle school. By high school, it was just the two of them, honing the rock and country influences they soaked up at home — along with acts like Patty Griffin, Sheryl Crow and Foo Fighters — and blended them into their own distinctive “city country” sound. “You have two girls, so in most instances, you would think folk,” Stephanie says. “But we have this pop-country side to us.”
Thankfully, They’ve focused more and more on that pop-country side, releasing two LPs and an EP since 2009. Fittingly, they got an inadvertent boost in 2013 with the arrival of Nash FM 94.7, the first country radio station in 17 years to serve greater New York City. “People were afraid to say they liked country,” Stephanie says. “But when we got a country radio station, everybody was like, ‘Oh my God, I love country!’ That gave us permission to lean a little more toward the country side of our sound than we had before.”
Spinn’s next EP, due in 2017, reflects their new sense of freedom. “This one is just putting everything out on the line for you,” Cheryl Lynn says. “It’s a total representation of us. Listen and you’ll know who we are.”
Carolyn Miller is an up-and-coming recording artist, currently residing in NYC with frequent travels to Nashville. After releasing several YouTube videos that gained international exposure and nearly 500,000 views combined, her fan base quickly expanded. Influenced by country singers like Carrie Underwood and Faith Hill, pop icons like Kelly Clarkson and Adele, and even 80s rock singers like Heart and Pat Benatar, Carolyn has taken her big, powerful vocals and created an undeniable style that captures the true essence of country-pop with a hint of rock. Carolyn is currently in the studio putting the finishing touches on her debut EP, UNBREAKABLE, under the direction of veteran producer, Russ DeSalvo.