The Bittersweets, Ryan Auffenberg

The Bittersweets

Ryan Auffenberg

Wed, July 11, 2018

8:00 pm


This event is 21 and over

The Bittersweets
The Bittersweets
The music industry is not known for sure bets, but a decade ago The Bittersweets looked like that elusive band, “destined for stardom,” as the East Bay Express wrote at the time. They were on a major radio station in San Francisco before playing their first show. By their third show, there was serious label interest, and their fifth show involved opening for Train at the Fillmore West. There was the meeting with the major booking agency where they got a unanimous thumbs-up from every agent (a first for the agency). As Peter Cooper wrote on the cover of the lifestyle section of the Tennessean, “Dumb luck is meeting a high-powered music attorney at a party and sliding into a record deal that way. This band’s fortunes have more to do with Meyers’ songs, (and) Prater’s dusky, evocative voice…”

Their two records were nearly universally praised by critics, and they spent the next several years on the road, playing upwards of 200 shows a year and opening for acts such as Cowboy Junkies, CAKE, Roseanne Cash, Buddy Miller, and Emmylou Harris. Numerous songs were placed in network and cable TV shows. Despite these successes, they decided to take a break and get off the road to start a family.

But they kept writing, and after a significant hiatus, friend and producer Greg Bieck (Hall & Oates, Christina Aguilera) convinced them to get into his studio to put the new songs to tape. Joined by John Jackson (Bob Dylan, Lucinda Williams) on guitar, Chris Donohue (Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin) on bass, Ken Lewis (The Civil Wars, Lorde) on drums, and longtime collaborator Jason Goforth (Over the Rhine, John Paul White), they spent a week in the studio, creating what would turn out to be their finest record to date.

In Spring, 2018, they began touring again, both as a duo and with an incredible band. The new music will trickle out to streaming services such as Spotify, Pandora, Apple Music, and YouTube over 2018 and 2019 via Compass Records. Despite immediate rumblings across the Nashville music world with talk of The Bittersweets being back, this time, they are taking everything in stride.

“We’re so excited and a bit nervous to get back out there again,” says Hannah. “But I feel like we need to plunge into this new chapter and see what unfolds. It feels like a rebirth.”
Ryan Auffenberg
Ryan Auffenberg
"Auffenberg's music haunts a world filled with slow, dark songs that carefully unwind with luminous's clear that this 26-year old possesses a seasoned veteran's presence."

-iTunes Review

"With roots wondrously exposed on his debut, "Marigolds"... Ryan Auffenberg breathes shiver-inducing intimacy into his gentle country-rock confessions."

-SF Bay Guardian

"Even if you think you're tired of all things singer-songwriter, prepare to have your perspective significantly altered by this young California chap."

-The Onion: AV Club

"Auffenberg has a honey-sweetness to his voice that makes his particular brand of folk-pop go down extra smooth. There are similarities to the hushed fingerpicked folk of Iron and Wine's Sam Beam, but Auffenberg allows his songs to soar rather than revel in their own austerity."

Venue Information:
Hotel Utah
500 4th Street
San Francisco, CA, 94107