Songs About Something: Old, New, Borrowed and Blue Tunes in the Round Host Paige Clem with Nat Keefe (Hot Buttered Rum) and Achilles Wheel's Jonny Mojo and Paul Kamm

Ivy Room Presents

Songs About Something: Old, New, Borrowed and Blue Tunes in the Round Host Paige Clem with Nat Keefe (Hot Buttered Rum) and Achilles Wheel's Jonny Mojo and Paul Kamm

Thu · April 6, 2017

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

$12.00 - $14.00

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Songs About Something: Old, New, Borrowed and Blue - Tunes in the Round - Host: Paige Clem
Songs About Something: Old, New, Borrowed and Blue - Tunes in the Round - Host: Paige Clem
Americana singer-songwriter, Paige Clem’s arrestingly direct lyrics and velvety, unaffected vocals exude that most elusive of musical qualities — Soul. With a natural gift for connecting with an audience, her roots-infused music is melodic and warm, yet packs a punch with tales of loss and love. In addition to her original music, Paige frequently lends supporting vocals to various Bay Area acts and showcases and sings with the popular Grateful Dead tribute, The Eleven, Bob Dylan/Neil Young tribute, Shakey Zimmerman, the retro/soul tribute, Paige & The Rage. She has shared the stage with members of Dead and Co., Further, Railroad Earth, Leftover Salmon, ALO, Fruition, Anders Osborne, RatDog, Tea Leaf Green, New Monsoon, Moon Alice, Tracorum, Front Country, Midnight North, and Dead Winter Carpenters, and has performed with Melissa Ethridge, moe., Joe Craven, Steve Poltz, Eric McFadden, Scott Pemberton, The Brother's Comatose, Shook Twins, and many more. She has served multiple stints as songwriter-in-residence at The Bazaar Café, hosts the monthly series "Songs About Something" at The Ivy Room in Albany, and has appeared at High Sierra Music Festival, DelFest, Hangtown Halloween Ball, Cuko Rakko Music Festival, and ULUV Music Day. She will be featured in the upcoming documentary, The Creative High, and is currently recording her debut solo album slated to be released in the fall of 2016.
Jonny Mojo and Paul Kamm
Jonny Mojo and Paul Kamm
This is perhaps an unlikely creative partnership, with a multitude of musical influences leaking into their sound, but it’s clear right away that these two songwriters are meant to be working together. Defying what at first seems to be just a loose bag of this and that… Jonny’s love of the blues, blue grass and his connection to the soulful tradition of gospel music, and Paul’s lifelong interest in World music, folk and rock and roll, these two singers pay tribute to so many musical cultures while singing their own songs that it’s easy to see why so many people love the experience of hearing Achilles Wheel. An experience that is made all the more memorable by the weight and poetry of their lyrics. Kamm’s songwriting has been recognized in contests at some of the biggest music festivals in the country, including Kerrville, Telluride and Rocky Mtn. Folk, and his partnership with singer Eleanore MacDonald and the 9 recordings they have released have all received much critical acclaim.

Before helping to form Achilles Wheel, Jonny Mojo was known in Northern California as a ‘must see’ force of nature on the electric guitar, but his musical voice flows as freely out of an acoustic six-string, dobro, mandolin and harmonica as well. Working every night in road houses and nightclubs where people can treat a singer like they’re just a jukebox, it was for a long time a well kept secret that Jonny was also a songwriter. Achilles Wheel has changed all that and some of the band’s best loved songs have been penned by him. This balance of creative input is the engine that drives Achilles Wheel in it’s full band format, and is part of what makes the Kamm/ Mojo duo so engaging, as they trade songs and musical styles back and forth with complete ease and synchronicity.

In the wake of their breakout performance with Achilles Wheel at the 2012 Kate Wolf Festival, the band plans to record the follow up to it’s first CD, ‘Thirteen Hours’. This will feature many new songs already in heavy use since ‘13 Hours’ was released, but also some material that hasn’t yet seen the light day, including some contributions from bassist Shelby Snow.

Paul and Jonny will be touring in support of this project, bringing these songs to new audiences in a more intimate setting. An acoustic format is the heart of any bands true sound and reflects the real essence of their songs and storytelling, where the singers voice and the words conveyed are an immediate and personal experience. Paul Kamm and Jonny Mojo invite you to their campfire for a sit-down with the music of Achilles Wheel.
Nat Keefe
Nat Keefe
Nat’s panoramic songwriting and baritone vocals play a defining role in Hot Buttered Rum’s sound. In the course of a decade of playing professionally, Nat has written hundreds of songs, including collaborations with Zach Gill & Dave Brogan (ALO), Brett Dennen, Tim Bluhm (Mother Hips), Fred Torphy (Big Light), and his bandmates. He’s produced nine albums of his own and others’ music. He’s produced almost a dozen Concert Carnival variety shows, bringing together artists to create new work. Most importantly, he’s performed over a thousand times, singing and playing guitar to the best fanbase in the world.

When not touring, rehearsing, and recording with HBR, Nat lives in the Hayes Valley district of San Francisco. Outside of music, Nat enjoys the same things he’s liked since he was a boy: flyfishing, backpacking, backcountry skiing, urban-adventure bikeriding, and SF Giants baseball.

Recently, Nat lead a group of American musicians to Ghana, West Africa and produced a ten-day program of workshops, jam sessions, and recording with Ghanaian music and dance masters. The resulting recording is Girl Thursday. It features Bonnie Paine (Elephant Revival), Kate Gaffney, Erik Yates & Lucas Carlton (HBR), Jeff Coleman (Big Light), Simon Kurth & Murph Murphy (Huckle), in collaboration with the Local Dimension Highlife Band and Ocherema Praa. This was Nat’s third trip to Ghana, and second recording project there.

Another of Nat’s ongoing extra-curricular endeavors is the Nat Keefe Concert Carnival. The NKCC is an annual multi-media variety show, and has become a Bay Area holiday tradition. The goal is to bring together artists from different bands and different mediums to create new work in new ways. Past shows have featured all kinds of acoustic and electronic music, burlesque dance, film, circus arts, trick dogs, hula hoop, body percussion, tap dancing. The NKCC recordings feature musicians from the Mother Hips, ALO, the Peter Rowan/Tony Rice Quartet, New Monsoon, Everyone Orchestra, HBR, and much more. Music and video samples are available on YouTube, and CDs are available here.

Nat was inspired at an early age by musical parents and began playing guitar at age 11 and electric and upright bass at 16. The next year, guitar teacher Tony Khalife pushed Nat to study tabla – the north Indian drums. The rhythm section of the high school jazz band formed a rock band called STEW, in which Nat played bass. When Nat turned 18, his uncle Rodney Bolloni took him to Las Vegas for a crash course in the art of songcraft; Nat still cites his uncle as one of his biggest influences.

Instead of returning to sophomore year of college, Nat traveled to Nepal and India. Hiking and climbing in the Himalayas, Nat found that his passion is writing songs and singing for people. Nat returned to Lewis & Clark College, met Erik Yates, and formed the Foggy Notion Boyz, a stringband dedicated to the almighty Yeehaw Factor. Wild weekends with the Foggy Notion complemented long hours of study as Nat earned a degree in Composition and Ethnomusicology under teachers such as Joe Waters, Nora Beck, Vincent McDermott, Gil Seeley, Obo Addy, and Dan Balmer.

In three trips to Ghana, West Africa, Nat has studied polyrhythmic drumming, 14-key xylophone, and palmwine guitar. In 1999 a grant allowed him to travel there and produce a CD of field recordings (GHANA Boko Paa), a CD of original compositions (Music for Ordinary Motion), and a paper about the development of highlife music. He returned in 2001 to make a short film (Dances and Music of the Awudome Villages), and again in 2011 with twelve American friends to produce another CD (Girl Thursday).

Influences: David Lindley, Jimmy Cliff, Beatles, Rush, Ralph Stanley, Hot Rize, Gillian Welch, Rodney Bolloni, D’Gary, Oliver Mtukudzi, John McLaughlin, Zakir Hussain, Django Reinhardt, Igor Stravinsky, Charles Ives, Grateful Dead, Phish, Mother Hips, John Zorn, Bela Fleck, Mike Marshall, The Sweet Snacks.
Venue Information:
Ivy Room
860 San Pablo Ave
Albany, CA, 94706
http://www.ivyroom.com/