DAR WILLIAMS – In The Times Of Gods

Dar WilliamsThat most mercurial and consistently impressive of singer songwriters DAR WILLIAMS returns to the UK to play ten shows in March 2014. Her latest album, In The Times Of Gods (Floating World Records) is a concise affair that takes themes from Classical Greek and Roman mythology and re-casts them into contemporary song settings – a typically unusual and creative approach from the likeable DW, whose melodic and appealing music has won her a loyal, dedicated fanbase here and abroad in her twenty-year plus career.

Artist’s website: http://www.darwilliams.com/


Lucy Wainwright Roche is the angel-voiced daughter of singer-songwriters Loudon Wainwright III, a 2010 Grammy Award winner, and Suzzy Roche of singing sister act The Roches. She returns to the UK in June with her refreshingly unpretentious charm, her deadpan sense of humor, and her arsenal of gorgeous melodies.  Her songs have been compared to those of Richard Thompson, Joni Mitchell and Patty Griffin.

Lucy is also the half-sister of singer-songwriters Rufus Wainwright and Martha Wainwright and has toured with Rufus throughout the years.  Perhaps considered the most understated Wainwright, Lucy initially chose to bypass the family career choice of music in order to teach elementary school in New York City for several years but in 2007, she made the decision to pursue a career in music full-time, and has been on the road ever since.  This decision is chronicled in her Spring Song which appears on her EP 8 MORE, released in 2008. Also featured on this record is a duet of Bruce Springsteen’s Hungry Heart with actress Martha Plimpton.

Prior to 8 MORE, Roche released her first EP in 2007 titled 8 SONGS which featured Saddest Sound, a song that appeared on the television show Lipstick Jungle.

In early 2009, Lucy’s song Snare Drum won the 8th Annual Independent Music Awards for Best Folk/Singer-Songwriter Song. In 2008, Lucy was one of the winners of the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival’s “Emerging Artist” competition. Again in 2009, she was one of six winners of the Grassy Hill Kerrville Folk Festival’s “New Folk Singer/Songwriter Competition”.

In addition to headlining her own shows, she has opened for such acts as Eddi Reader Indigo Girls, Dar Williams, Girlyman, Amos Lee, her father Loudon Wainwright III, and brother Rufus Wainwright, Lucy also has sung backup for Grammy-nominated artist Neko Case, including an appearance with Case on The Late Show with David Letterman.

LUCY, her debut album, was produced by herself and Grammy winning producer Stewart Lerman (Antony and the Johnsons, Crash Test Dummies, Dar Williams) and the album is a collection of songs inspired by the themes of travel and landscape, heartbreak and humour. Special guest singers on the album include the Indigo Girls and Girlyman as well as The Roches, Loudon Wainwright and Kelly Hogan. Musicians appearing on LUCY include Steuart Smith (The Eagles) and David Mansfield. The album contains ten original songs plus a cover of the classic Paul Simon song America followed by a surprising bonus track featuring This American Life’s Ira Glass. (its released in the UK on Strike Back Records and can be ordered via the amazon link below)

In the fall of 2012 Lucy will be a regular featured actress on the upcoming TV show “Stuff You Should Know” based on the popular American podcast.

“…her clear, steady voice feels like a beacon of light, slicing straight through the room.” New York Times

Award-Winning Songsmith Susan Greenbaum Announces This Life

Susan Greenbaum committed the first sin of musicians: She quit her day job. After working as a corporate executive in Fortune 500 companies, she traded her power suits for performing and songwriting. Since then, the Harvard graduate is poised for success, having won several national songwriting awards, including the Smithsonian Songwriters Award, The Philadelphia Songwriters Project and released four albums independently. Now, Greenbaum is releasing This Life, her most insightful and engaging songs to date, distributed by Compass Records Group this January 31st.

Not only were the songwriting trophies a boost to Greenbaum’s career change, she won a national competition to be the opening act for Jewel and enjoyed overwhelming success on the tour, welcoming thousands of new fans. Prior to This Life, her most recent album of all-original songs, Hey, Hey, Hey! was lauded by Billboard for having songs with “hooks that drill into your brain; smart, organic production; and lyrical substance to make the music an interactive experience.”

Her success has not come without sacrifice, as the tragedy of personal loss lends itself to the depth to Greenbaum’s songwriting. The album-opening “This Life” is a reflective letter to her brother who passed away from brain cancer; she wrote the song a week before her wedding. “I was thinking about how he wasn’t going to be at my wedding but maybe he was, maybe he is somewhere safe and healthy and not in pain and able to at least look down on all of us. That’s the whole idea of the song­—a conversation with him.” Greenbaum instills a glimpse of hope and recovery in her music, even in songs inspired by tragedy.

The album is far from somber and includes high-energy singles such as “Big,” a lively recipe for fame and fortune. “It’s very me, it’s funny and cynical and it’s unafraid to really look at things and be blunt and honest and there’s positivity in it and there’s reflection in… It’s like, ‘Chop chop! Let’s get to it, let’s get famous!’” The album includes lighthearted love songs like “Penny on the Sidewalk” and even a novelty bonus track lamenting the consequences of the indecision of squirrels.

Recorded in Nashville at Compass Sound Studios and produced by Garry West and Alison BrownThis Life includes such esteemed musicians as multi-instrumentalist Stuart Duncan on fiddle, Todd Phillips on upright bass, and the banjo of Alison Brown on the tracks “Virginia, the Home of My Heart” and “The Squirrel Song.” Says Greenbaum of the recording process, “Garry and Alison are very right-brained as well as very left-brained, and I am too, so we worked very well together. I had no idea what was going to happen, but it was one of the smartest risks I’ve ever taken!”

Greenbaum draws big, enthusiastic audiences who delight in her lively, diverse and powerful performances. Greenbaum has toured as a solo artist, playing such storied venues as The Bitter End in NYC, The Birchmere, Bethlehem Musikfest, Floyd Fest and Rams Head Tavern. In addition to touring with Jewel, she performed an acoustic set with Dave Matthews Band violinist Boyd Tinsley; sharing bills with Jill Sobule; and opening for Kenny Loggins, Patty Griffin, Dar Williams, Janis Ian, Jim Messina, Todd Snider, Tuck and Patti, Iris DeMent, Lucy Kaplansky, Lloyd Cole and Catie Curtis. Susan also endorses W.L Gore’s Elixir Strings.

Unafraid, brazen and under five feet tall, the dynamic Greenbaum shares an empowering message: “If you have something you know you love to do and you want to do it, you can do it! Follow your dreams!”