The Chapin Sisters, Marty O'Reilly & The Old Soul Orchestra, The Honey Dewdrops

New Roots at the Freight & Salvage

The Chapin Sisters

Marty O'Reilly & The Old Soul Orchestra

The Honey Dewdrops

Friday, October 9th

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

$16 adv / $18 door

Tickets are available online until 6:45pm.
After 6:45pm tickets will still be available at the Freight box office.

The Chapin Sisters
The Chapin Sisters
Recorded in the dreamy hills of Echo Park, California, Today’s Not Yesterday, is the Chapin Sisters’ first album of original material in 5 years, and the follow-up to their 2013 collection of Everly Brothers covers, A Date with the Everly Brothers, which debuted at #2 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter chart, #2 on Amazon’s Folk Best Seller chart, #14 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart and was featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition with Scott Simon.
Produced by the Chapin Sisters along with producer/engineer/bass player Dan Horne (Conor Oberst, Allah Las, Jonathan Wilson) and drummer Jesse Lee (Cass McCombs, Gang, Gang Dance) the self-released Today’s Not Yesterday, which was recorded at Jonathan Wilson’s Five Star studio, has a classic 70s rock feel, that at times recalls a Rumours-era Fleetwood Mac. The Chapin Sisters lush harmonies are backed here by Horne and Lee’s first-rate rhythm section and standout performances by Luke Paquin (Hot Hot Heat) and Omar Velasco (A Fine Frenzy, Conor Oberst) on guitars and Lee Pardini (Jonathan Wilson) and Bobby Rodriquez (the Tyde) on piano, Rhodes and keys
“I can’t imagine making it anywhere else besides L.A. We were with our tribe. Jonathan’s studio is in a beautiful house. We recorded to tape, using Jackson Browne’s old tape machine. We did some overdubs, but mostly everything was recorded live. There was fruit on the trees; you could hangout on the rope swing outside. Everybody came by the studio. It was an idyllic time,” says Abigail, who also happens to be married to Lee.
Raised in New York’s Hudson Valley, the Chapin Sisters moved to Los Angeles straight out of college. During an impromptu recording session with their brother’s friend, they, along with their third sister Jessica, decided to start a band. Another friend passed their demo (produced by Michael Fitzpatrick of Fitz and the Tantrums) onto KCRW DJ Anne Litt and almost instantly their dark, moody cover of Britney Spears’s Toxic became one of the most requested songs at the station.
L.A. provided them with the opportunity to explore their musical identity independent of their family’s folk legacy. As third generation musicians: their grandfather was the late jazz drummer Jim Chapin, their uncle the late folk icon/humanitarian Harry Chapin, and their father is 3 time Grammy Award winning Tom Chapin, the two started singing professionally on their father’s children’s albums, at ages 6 and 8, and at annual benefits for their uncle’s organization, WHY Hunger.
“It was a completely separate musical community than the one we had grown up with. No one else we knew in L.A. was in a folk band it felt subversive,” recalls Abigail of the early Chapin Sister shows.
“We were playing rock clubs, often between a punk band and a noise band.
We would go on stage wearing these vintage wedding gowns and sometimes start our shows just us, no instruments. You would think these guys would laugh us off the stage, but it worked,” adds Lily.
Their haunted, sometimes ironic, vocals combined with their ethereal looks made them a favorite for media outlets such as Rolling Stone, Nylon, Spin, Paper, The New York Times T Magazine, The Hollywood Reporter and The Washington Post. They recorded 3 albums, as back-up singers they’ve appeared on such TV shows at Jimmy Kimmel Live, Ellen, The Late Show With David Letterman, Conan, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and they toured the country multiple times on their own and twice with the band She & Him.
Three years ago the Chapin Sisters decided to move back to New York. Romantic relationships were ending, new ones were beginning (they have both since gotten married) and it felt like it was time.
Quickly embraced by folk music community there, they found themselves newly inspired by activism. In Sept 2014, along with Cass McCombs, they ran the music block for the 400,000 person-strong People’s Climate March in New York, and that same year they performed every day at the five day long Seeger Fest, including the Central Park Summer Stage show and the much publicized Lincoln Center event.
These 12 new songs, written mostly in New York, are as much about their past, and the eight years they spent living in Los Angeles as they are about their present lives on the East Coast, they explore break-ups, leaving California, accepting change, reinventing oneself and returning home to the things that matter most.
Perhaps these themes are best heard on such tracks as The World is All, where Lily’s powerful lead vocals, accompanied by Pardini’s soulful piano and Rhodes performances, seem to be singing goodbye to a lover and exploring the idea of self-acceptance. Or Child, where Abigail’s sultry lead vocals, accompanied by a bluesy guitar rift from Velasco, explore the idea of being ready for unconditional love.
Getaway, co-written with Lily’s husband Seth Thomas, is an escapist’s vacation with the one you love. Thanks to Pardini’s psychedelic Rhodes, Horne’s tambourine and Lee’s foot-tapping drums, it is as sunny as a summer’s drive along the PCH.
Angeleno, a bittersweet country infused postcard to LA, features a pedal steel performance from Horne that would feel comfortable alongside anything Sneaky Pete Kleinow did with the Flying Burrito Brothers.
We Will Not Stop Singing, a contemporary protest song, closes the album. First performed at the People’s Climate March, the song, with its sing-a-long verses, has since become a staple at the Chapins’ live shows and reflects their folk roots possibly more than anything they have recorded to date.
Today’s Not Yesterday delivers what we have come to expect from the Chapin Sisters, enchanting harmonies and lyrics that are infused with as much hope as they are longing. They might have moved back east and surrounded themselves with impassioned activists and thoughtful folk icons, but this album captures an infectious Southern California vibe that leaves us wanting more.
Marty O'Reilly & The Old Soul Orchestra
O'Reilly began his musical journey as a blues guitar player, exploring the works of Blind Willie Johnson, Mississippi John Hurt, John Lee Hooker, Charlie Patton, and Leadbelly. Through extensive listening and studying of the early delta greats, O'Reilly developed a unique foundation onto which he would incorporate themes from influences in other musical veins such as John Fahey, Nick Drake, John Vandiver, and Tom Waits. Whether it be his original pieces, or his renditions of old American classics O'Reilly tells his story through an old and soulful voice, propelled by a sense of authentic emotional adrenaline.

When performing with his trio, The Old Soul Orchestra, O'Reilly is backed by Jeff Kissell on the Double Bass and Chris Lynch on the fiddle. Their versatile musicianship, and soulful chemistry help to expand O'Reilly's songs into pieces that drive like a ten pound hammer, or float like feather and flow seamlessly in-between. The trio was formed in late 2012, and has rapidly made a name for itself along the west coast, being featured at many notable venues and festivals, including Outside Lands Festival (2013), Rivertown Revival Festival (2013), Do It Ourselves Festival (2013), Cafe Du Nord (SF), Hotel Cafe (LA), and Empty Sea Studios (Seattle). The Band released a self titled live album in 2013 and their debut studio album "Pray For Rain" in Spring of 2014.
The Honey Dewdrops
"They sound more authentic than 99.99% of the artists who make up this thing called popular music… Like. Like. Like."
-Ed Maxin, Blogger for No Depression

"…songwriting that strives to honor the simplicity of its forebears."
-Utne Monthly Reader

Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish share more than most couples. As the Honey Dewdrops, they share stages from venues to festivals across North America, stretches of rolling, infinite roadway, and a lot of songs; they share one mic and a hunger to pay attention to what endures. This hunger to explore and document is evident in their 2012 release Silver Lining, a Top Ten record on national Folk and Americana stations. With tight harmonies and an musical ensemble that includes clawhammer banjo, mandolin and guitars, the effect is to leave listeners with only what matters: the heart of the song and clarity over ornamentation. Laura and Kagey make their home in Baltimore, MD where they wrote and recorded their fourth full-length album, expected for release Spring 2015. The set of songs is raw and engaging, with characters and images from kindred people and places. And like their stage performance, these new songs rock and reel, and then they console you when you come back down.