Baby's First Rodeo w/Karl Blau
Birdie Busch, Nick Gusman
1250 N Front Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19122
Doors 8:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Baby's First Rodeo
Baby’s First Rodeo is a monthly cosmic country showcase, presenting local & traveling country + western musicians, country vinyl, whiskey & good times.
Karl Blau, hailing from beautiful Anacortes, Washington State, is a singer and multi-instrumentalist with a passion for recording music. He has performed solo and in bands (EARTH, Your Heart Breaks, Laura Veirs, Bright Black Morning Light, Maher Shalal Hash Baz, D+, The Gift Machine, The Solvents, The Microphones/Mount Eerie, Little Wings, Lori Goldston to name some), touring across the globe since the mid 90s.
Birdie Busch has been making and recording independent music from her home base of Philadelphia for a solid decade. A combination of loyal radio support across the U.S with every recording, live touring, and solid albums put out both herself and on adventurous independents like Bar None Records has created a constellation of connect the dots that has people listening to her music and making the claim that it’s some of the best they’ve known.
Five full lengths and a Philadelphia themed EP has had her creating sonic song soundscapes with some of Philly’s finest musicians, producers, and engineers. Critics from American Songwriter to Village Voice have found her of kindred spirit from everyone from Syd Barrett to Eudora Welty, and seem to just keep referring to what she does as her own thing and appreciating that strange place where it resides. City Paper says, “She’s noisy when she might’ve hushed up, nervy when most are relaxed, funny when others stay forlorn and dressy when she could be buttoned-up.” It’s this comfort to contain multitudes that has had her and her band sharing stages with everyone from Richard Thompson and Richie Havens to Dr.Dog and Junip.
"Hello to the hard times, goodbye good times...
I'll see you 'round" is an excerpt from the title track on Nick Gusman's debut Folk/Americana record, "Dear Hard Times". Though desperation is heard on top of the songs blunt and honest lyrics, underneath there is a wave of confidence. Taking note of inspirational artists like Dylan and Prine, Nick's songs are chock-full of imagery, and storytelling. Dear Hard Times will be released late-2018. Nick Gusman is an STL native, playing mostly in South Saint Louis. A July 2018 tour brings Nick to the Northwest, taking him to Seattle and back.