Reed Turchi, Michigan Rattlers (closing set), Keyan Keihani, Doug Tiemann

Reed Turchi

Michigan Rattlers (closing set)

Keyan Keihani

Doug Tiemann

Sun, April 9, 2017

8:00 pm

$10.00

This event is 21 and over

Reed Turchi
Reed Turchi
As low-down and lonesome as the Blues may be, listening to the song—or playing it—is nevertheless cathartic, hard-won resilience washes away despair. The despair isn’t entirely removed, however; rather, like a long-handled broom, it is left leaning in the corner. And, of course, the work of composing new Blues music, is also an act of research and preservation. As with any folk tradition, one must reach back to the deepest roots. There one finds not singularity, but rich variety, styles and tunings and riffs that have blended together to be, ultimately, inseparable. And, yet, when the right player and the right voice perform the right songs, the result is wholly singular. That is how one working within a tradition makes an original contribution. And that is how I hear this fine record. Reed Turchi has delivered an original, unvarnished interpretation of a long musical tradition. Tallahatchie taps the sacred and profane roots behind it to make those mysterious, conflicted energies vital all over again. Such renewal keeps the art alive, and this record is as alive as a whippoorwill singing from a midnight hillside.
- MAURICE MANNING
Michigan Rattlers (closing set)
Michigan Rattlers (closing set)
Upholding a time-honored songwriting tradition, Michigan Rattlers recount human stories through a soundtrack of Americana punctuated by countrified rock'n'roll and folk. The subjects of their 2016 self-titled debut EP practically live and breathe between Graham Young's rustling guitar and Adam Reed's percussive upright bass. Born in Petoskey, MI and based in Los Angeles, the duo's music plays out like a film.

"All of my favorite songs tell stories," says Graham. "It's the most important part. They're about people trying to overcome life's obstacles. That's what it always comes back to."

Lifelong friends Graham and Adam began writing music and performing together in their Northern Michigan high school. Residing in a quiet tourist town of 6,000 located on the banks of Lake Michigan, the pair regularly played every bar, cafe, and stage in town, developing an inimitable musical chemistry informed by the likes of AC/DC, Chet Atkins, Eric Clapton, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and more. Adam headed to Ohio for college as Graham went to Illinois, but upon graduation, Graham beckoned Adam to move to Los Angeles so they could start a band. A four-day cross-country road trip gave birth to Michigan Rattlers.
Keyan Keihani
Keyan Keihani
Keyan Keihani is an alt-country singer-songwriter from San Francisco, CA. His debut, full-length album, "Eastbound," was produced by Michael Hurwitz (Stevie Nicks, Eddie Money) and reached #6 on the Americana charts on Amazon.com. "Eastbound" draws on the long-lost true country twang and emotion that is absent from the modern genre. The album was written with the intent of being an "album" in its true sense -- a common theme that flows seamlessly from one track to the next, telling a story. His lyrics, especially "Good Country Night", seems to draw influence from Dwight Yoakam's "Two Doors Down", but has a sound that can have parallels drawn to Ryan Adams and the Cardinals.
Doug Tiemann
Doug Tiemann
Oakland singer-songwriter Doug Tiemann says that his project Blood & Dust’s songs are "inspired by the hard and beautiful parts of life." It's easy to find this uneasy but poignant juxtaposition on Tiemann's debut full-length under that moniker, entitled The Crooked Road, an album that melds a familiar brand of stripped down folk with blues and Americana influences across eight heart-wrenching but beautiful tracks.

Engineered, mixed, and mastered by Robert Raymond at Faultline Studios, The Crooked Road finds Tiemann manning the guitar, harmonica, and piano, as well as vocal duties, along with Brandon Venable on bass and Jason Slota on drums. Standout songs include the title track (a slow-burning borderline rocker) and "It's A Shame" (an elegant meditation on a tenuous relationship).

Blood & Dust will will be making the rounds on the local live circuit as a full three-piece, playing shows in several corners of the Bay this month.
Venue Information:
Hotel Utah
500 4th Street
San Francisco, CA, 94107
http://www.hotelutah.com/