Martha Scanlan w/ Jon Neufeld, Sam Amidon

Martha Scanlan w/ Jon Neufeld, Sam Amidon

Wednesday, February 24th

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$20 adv / $22 door

Martha Scanlan
Martha Scanlan
Martha Scanlan has been touring and headlining festivals across the U.S. and Europe since the release of her critically acclaimed Sugar Hill debut, The West Was Burning. Her newest project, Tongue River Stories, is a collection of songs about belonging and place. It comes out of her recent relative hiatus from the road, where she has been immersed in living and working on a hundred year-old ranch in the southeast corner of Montana, one of the last and truest strongholds of a uniquely American cowboy culture.

Martha first gained national recognition for her songwriting at the prestigious Chris Austin songwriting contest at Merlefest in 2004, where she won awards in two categories. With the Reeltime Travelers, she was featured on the soundtrack for the film Cold Mountain, produced by Grammy Award winner T-Bone Burnett. Since then she has collaborated and shared the stage with a variety of roots musicians including Alison Krauss, Emmylou Harris, Levon Helm, Ollabelle, Black Prairie, Ralph Stanley and Norman and Nancy Blake.

Her song "Little Bird Of Heaven", was recently featured in celebrated American novelist Joyce Carol Oates' latest book by the same name.

Martha Scanlan's first solo album, The West Was Burning , featuring production by gifted multi-instrumentalist Dirk Powell and spirited performances by Levon Helm (of The Band) and Amy Helm, was met with critical acclaim:

"A revelation, an instant classic and one of those rare albums that defies genre and generation. Scanlan evokes western landscapes as effectively as Georgia O'Keefe did on canvass." - Dirty Linen

Generally when an artist receives the kind of critical acclaim that Martha Scanlan did for her solo debut, the normal course of action is a quick follow up to build on the success of the first.

Martha Scanlan's Tongue River Stories is well worth the wait, a stunning and stark portrait of one of the last truest vestiges of the west, and somehow a natural progression from The West Was Burning. Where The West Was Burning may have evoked western landscapes, Tongue River Stories takes the listener deep into the heart of the landscape itself; the meadows and cottonwood groves and decades-old cabin where the songs were written and recorded, a world so vast and quiet that such on-site recording is possible.

Songs for this project were born out of a landscape where arrowheads lie next to fossils next to hundred-year-old cedar fence posts alongside tracks of horses set rock solid in the mud from the last good rain. Stories inside of stories inside of stories.

The gift of a great storyteller is the bringing of the listener into the story, and the story into the listener. It's not just the words of the songs in this collection that provide that rare lasting transformative alchemy that has become so characteristic of Martha Scanlan's work, and earned her the small loyal cult following that seems to be steadily growing. It's the space between the words, the sound of the place itself.
Sam Amidon
Sam Amidon
Omnivore Recordings is pleased to announce the reissue of singer and multi-instrumentalist Sam Amidon's debut recording But This Chicken Proved Falsehearted. Originally released in 2007, the long out-of-print debut body of work will now be available on CD and digital, and for the first time, on vinyl, on Dec. 4. The CD and digital format include 10 bonus tracks recorded during the original session. The initial vinyl pressing is available in imited quantities on translucent blue vinyl, with black vinyl to follow. All LPs include a download of the complete offering of original and bonus tracks.

Recorded in 2005 at Amidon's then-home in Harlem, NY, with friend and collaborator Thomas Bartlett (aka Doveman), But This Chicken Proved Falseheartedintroduced the world to Amidon's unique talents as a composer/arranger, singer and musician; talents which have, in recent years, garnered praise from The New York Times, The Guardian, NPR and more. But This Chicken... features Amidon's reimaginings of traditional American folksongs as well as a diverse array of covers, including Tears for Fears "Head Over Heels" and Mississippi John Hurt's "Louis Collins."

"At night I would drink whiskey and record solo versions of the songs onto a Pro Tools setup (Thomas and I) were borrowing from a friend, and which neither of us really knew how to use," Amidon said. "The final vocal and guitar take was generally the one where I got through the whole song without messing up the guitar part. Then Thomas would come home late, wake up the next day and tell me to go take a long walk. I would walk out into the park for an hour or two and come back to find what he had added."

"This is an album of total discovery," Amidon added. "Every sound is being played for the first time. It reflects both the solitude of that particular time and our musical collaboration in a moment of great change."

Amidon plays a series of US tour dates, first with the influential American guitarist Nels Cline and then with the chamber pop ensemble San Fermin. A complete list of tour dates follows.