Christopher Paul Stelling, Jane Ellen Bryant

Christopher Paul Stelling

Jane Ellen Bryant

Wed, June 21, 2017

8:00 pm

$10 in Advance // $12 at the Door

This event is 21 and over

Christopher Paul Stelling
Christopher Paul Stelling
“A man and his beat-up, nylon stringed guitar brought tears to the eyes. He’s stellar.” – Bob Boilen, NPR All Songs Considered

“A one-man musical outfit that recalls the intensity of The Tallest Man on Earth and labelmate Glen Hansard.” – Village Voice

“The way this man delivers his songs, it’s not hard to imagine him actually ‘tap-dancing down the edge of this here knife,’ as he sings at one point from within a small tornado of acoustic guitar…” – SPIN

There is a fearless quality to the music of Christopher Paul Stelling. A voice that sounds both old and young, an effortless yet intricate finger-picking guitar style and lyrics that are both dramatic, and intensely confessional. It’s a sound that channels the restless spirit of a young man who left home to travel the country, haunting and impassioned songs formed by endless nights alone on stage with a guitar, playing to packed houses, other times to nearly empty rooms. Stelling estimates that he’s played over four hundred shows in just the past three years. It places him within a longstanding tradition that serves to nurture ones character and art.

“It takes a lot of work to stay on the road,” he says. “You learn to rely on your songs as a sort of resting place amidst all of the unfamiliarity. You fill your head full of places, and sounds, and ideas — and it all comes spilling out. When the things around you change constantly, you change too. And the things that stay the same become who you are. It’s nurtured my songwriting, knowing that the inspiration is all around you. If you aren’t seeing it, then look harder, and if you still don’t see it, then turn the corner, and if you still don’t see it then look at things differently, because it’s right there in front of you.”

After self-releasing his debut album Songs of Praise and Scorn in February 2012 and his second, False Cities, in May 2013, CPS has toured the US and Europe relentlessly, averaging over 150 live performances per year. Singing his songs with a pure uninhibited delivery, Stelling has become known for the intensity and passion put into his live performances. Owing as much to the bards and troubadours of times long since past as to his contemporaries, Stelling’s ever developing commitment to his craft is obvious.

His most recent album Labor Against Waste was released in June 2015 on ANTI Records to near unanimous praise and excellent reviews. Upon release of the record, he played nearly 40 European dates and then embarked on a mammoth 200+ date North American tour (which kicked off with a performance [and marriage proposal on stage!] at Newport Folk Fest) that took him to nearly every state in the lower 48, lasted close to 18 months, and included an extended tour opening for Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals.

2017 finds him hard at work finalizing a new album (with a potential May release date) and gearing up to hit the road again with multiple festival dates, short US tours, and a large European fall tour already planned. Catch him when he’s in your area. You’ll be glad you did.
Jane Ellen Bryant
Jane Ellen Bryant
Twenty-five year old songstress, Jane Ellen Bryant, is “right in the thick” of that “big decade of your life,” as she calls it in the title track of her three song EP, Twenties. It’s that decade full of the best of times, the worst of times, the first real jobs, and the first bona fide heartbreaks that lead us to the cardinal steps of self discovery. Her music is saturated with the raw, authentic emotions that we all experience during this roller coaster ride as a twenty something. Yet these lessons, trials, and rowdy good times speak to people of all ages and stages of life. Twenties, released in July of 2016, was just a taste of the depth that’s to come from this prolific, young artist.

People have always been drawn to Jane’s spirituous voice and haunting melodies, but her fresh, bold, commanding sound and innovative lyrics have given us all something to talk about. Local audiences are buzzing about this “new rock-n-roll girl in town,” but really, Jane is not new at all. Bryant was born and raised in the Live Music Capital of the World, and she’s soaked with the mystical, rare sound that comes from the heart of Austin. It’s this new, fearless sound that attracted the attention of producer Chris “Frenchie” Smith, who has worked with Jet, Santana, and The Toadies just to name a few. “I’ve experienced many inspirational moments in record production over the last 20 years,” says Frenchie, “but she raised the bar. I had never produced a singer this strong.” He goes on to say that Jane’s music is “capturing the madness of youth, the manic perils of opening up about heartbreak, all while bringing the listener in more and more by telling the truth. What I look for in an artist is believability, and whatever Jane is performing, I believe it.”
Venue Information:
Hotel Utah
500 4th Street
San Francisco, CA, 94107
http://www.hotelutah.com/