B. Hamilton

Ivy Room Presents

B. Hamilton

Adam Faucett, Levi Thomas, Jason McCue

Wed · September 5, 2018

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

$8.00 - $10.00

Tickets at the Door.

This event is 21 and over

B. Hamilton
B. Hamilton
Ryan Christopher Parks. Andrew Kenneth Macy. Raj Kumar Ojha. Rock and Roll from Oakland.
Adam Faucett
Adam Faucett
Hailing from Little Rock, Arkansas, and possessing a voice the Onion A.V. Club warns “knocks your brain into the back of your skull,” Adam Faucett has drawn comparisons from Tim Buckley to Cat Power to Otis Redding.

Called “one of the greatest, most thoughtful lyricists the state has to offer,” (Arkansas Times) Faucett has again pushed the borders of his “part folk, part blues, part elemental rock stomp, part unidentifiable cosmic holler” (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette) with the release of It Took the Shape of a Bird, a record of his most personal, unbodied, and darkly beautiful songs to date.

Faucett began performing solo in 2006 when the demise of Russellville, Arkansas-based band, Taught the Rabbits, pushed him toward Chicago. He returned to Arkansas in 2007 to record his first solo album, The Great Basking Shark, and began touring nationally. 2008’s Show Me Magic, Show Me Out followed, featuring Faucett’s band, The Tall Grass, and a relentless tour schedule soon led to shows with Jason Isbell, Damien Jurado and Lucero.

2011 saw the release of More Like A Temple, which received praise from outlets including American Songwriter, Paste Magazine, No Depression and Uprooted Music Review. Temple also gained overseas support, landing at #14 on the EuroAmericana chart and received 5 stars from Altcountry.NL, bringing Adam to Europe for the first time.

2014’s Blind Water Finds Blind Water—Faucett’s first release with Last Chance Records—was named to American Songwriter’s “Top 50 Albums of 2014,” and found him back in Europe. In addition, he spent time as international and national tour support for Chuck Ragan, Austin Lucas, King Buzzo, and most recently, Pallbearer.

Faucett’s latest record, It Took the Shape of a Bird (Last Chance Records), is set to release June 29, 2018. His fifth solo album, it’s also his most personal and heaviest. From opening track “King Snake,” it wastes no time immersing the listener into a world of murky storytelling fueled by true, though often skewed, accounts, wherein Faucett’s moving, heartrending melodies breathe life into a cast of tragic, historic characters and locales: a World War II-era orphan, Louisiana gris gris girls, a biker’s funeral procession, a friend struggling with faith and addiction, and even the Mackay Bennett—the ship which recovered most of the bodies from the Titanic disaster.

Bird delves deep into the spiritual and examines the creation of art, and the artist. Its backdrops are disparate, ranging from rural Arkansas to the dust clouds of deep space. And its moments of lilt are bolder due to its darker turns.
Levi Thomas
Levi Thomas
Levi Thomas is a twentysomething Missouri-born songwriter, currently residing in the Bay Area, where he ended up after chasing the same West Coast American dreams as his forebears. The former singer/guitarist of sludge-psych outfit Ghost Dance, Thomas released one album on Rough Beast Records—also home of bands Ranch Ghost and Del Sur—before leaving behind his old band’s heavier garage-psych/space-punk sound to pursue a cosmic-country solo career.

"The Fear" is the first single from Thomas’ debut album, Billie, which was recorded throughout the winter and spring of 2016 with Winston Goertz-Giffen (Grass Widow, Two Gallants) at Oakland’s Santo Studio and features contributions from violinist Anton Patzner (Bright Eyes, Margot and the Nuclear So and So's, The Faint), pedal steel player Nate Hahn (Ohtis), and drummer Brian Azevedo.

“The Fear” is defined by Urban Dictionary as the sense that you have done yourself some lasting damage after a night of drinking. “As with most of my songs,” Thomas explains, “it’s about 50/50 autobiographical/poetic embellishment. I had experienced a pretty strange and lonely year, including the harshest winter of my life, in which I was stricken with the fear so frequently the only way to shake it was through the power of song.”

Levi Thomas’ Billie is scheduled for a late 2017 release.
Jason McCue
Jason McCue
Jason McCue is an alternative folk artist based out of Seattle. Raised on the ethics of a DIY basement scene, his performance consists only of an acoustic guitar, a wispy tenor voice-box, and a few starkly provocative lyrics. Jason’s set won him first place in the Museum of Popular Culture’s 2017 Sound Off! competition for Pacific Northwest artists 21 and under, as well as slots at Bumbershoot, Timber! Outdoor music festival, and NW Folklife Festival. In March 2018, Jason released his album PANGAEA off Portland’s Fluff and Gravy Records, earning him praise from many reputable sources, including both the Seattle Times and KEXP. This summer, Jason is graduating from Seattle University’s environmental studies program, and will celebrate by touring up and down the West Coast, and finally getting around to reading The Deathly Hollows.
Venue Information:
Ivy Room
860 San Pablo Ave
Albany, CA, 94706