Songs About Something: Old, New, Borrowed and Blue - Tunes in the Round - Host: Paige Clem, Erika Tietjen (of the T Sisters), Reed Mathis, Michael Shaw

Ivy Room Presents

Songs About Something: Old, New, Borrowed and Blue - Tunes in the Round - Host: Paige Clem

Erika Tietjen (of the T Sisters)

Reed Mathis

Michael Shaw

Sun · October 21, 2018

Doors: 4:00 pm / Show: 5:00 pm (event ends at 7:00 pm)

$8.00 - $10.00

Tickets at the Door.

This event is 21 and over

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.
Erika Tietjen (of the T Sisters)
Erika Tietjen (of the T Sisters)
Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay area to parents with professional backgrounds in performing arts, Erika began exploring music and movement from an early age. She co-founded and now plays and tours full-time with her sisters and band in soulful folk group the T Sisters.

In 2011, the T Sisters co-produced their first EP with renowned mandolin player Mike Marshall. Grammy award winner Todd Phillips accompanied on bass and their father, Ramsey Tietjen, on guitar.

In the last few years, they’ve been honored to support such acts as Amos Lee, The Wood Brothers, Todd Rundgren, Elephant Revival, The California Honeydrops, and more. Notable performances include Merlefest, Kate Wolf Music Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Sisters Folk Festival, Strawberry Music Festival, Americana Music Association Festival, Music City Roots, and Garrison Keillor’s ‘A Prairie Home Companion.’

Following their 2014 debut album Kindred Lines (produced by folk/bluegrass legend Laurie Lewis), the T Sisters released their self-titled full-length album in October of 2016, followed by Live at Telephone, an EP recorded live to tape at Tiny Telephone Studios in San Francisco, CA. They are currently working on the next album, the first part of which has been recorded in Nashville at Alex the Great Studio under the production of Oliver Wood (The Wood Brothers).
Reed Mathis
Reed Mathis
Reed Mathis is an American composer, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist from Tulsa, Oklahoma. He is highly regarded for his innovative use of effected bass as well as his stylistic versatility. He records and tours with Tea Leaf Green, the Marco Benevento Trio, amongst other artists, and was a founding member of the Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, a group he co-led for fifteen years.

With his new Electric Beethoven project, Mathis did the unthinkable and fused all of his worlds together, bringing old world masterpieces by Beethoven to today's premiere musical improvisers — an elite class of live performers who have individually made names for themselves in every genre except classical: jazz, funk, folk, blues, and jam rock.
Michael Shaw
Michael Shaw
Michael Shaw wants to spend some time with you. In fact, he’s set the date and picked out a lovely spot. An Intimate Evening With Michael Shaw’s debut album, This Is It., set for a May 2015 release, is a lush sonic pasture set amongst rolling hills of electric piano lit by soaring guitar and bright, layered vocals. As a reflection of Shaw’s faith in tried-and-true pop formulas imbued with a personal touch, it’s been a long time coming. After penning and performing songs with his younger brother in bands like Petrol and the Aktion, Shaw is now stepping out on his own.

“Being in bands is great for camaraderie, but it meant compromising some of my beliefs about pop music,” he says. “This album allowed me to create an undiluted expression of my musical ideas.” Though a showman with the guitar for much of his musical career, Shaw cuts a much more pensive figure behind the piano, showing great care for a stable of personal songs that reflect his life divided between his youth in Northern Ireland, a stint in London and his adult years in Northern California.

To honor that, the album was written during a weeklong pilgrimage to the Antrim Coast, just over an hour from Belfast, where he was born. “I rented a cottage, just a short walk across some farmers’ fields to the Giants Causeway,” Shaw says. “Then I basically holed up for a week and split time between driving the countryside, feeding the wood stove, and writing songs.”

The full story around the album’s conception has an air of the mystical to it. That week on the Antrim Coast just happened to coincide with Van Morrison returning to his native Northern Ireland to play a show on the cliff’s edge at nearby Dunluce Castle.

After that, the album came of age, like the artist, in Marin County, California – in a studio overlooking the soft crescent of Stinson Beach. The recording session brought Shaw together with two longtime collaborators, bassist Colin Schlitt and drummer Kenneth Hard, and a dynamic new guitar player, Eli Nelson.

This Is It. was built off the vintage pop of the Beatles, The Beach Boys and ELO, and the completion of the album was made both bittersweet and poignant by another sad coincidence. “I consider this band a gift from the universe,” Shaw says. “The whole thing started right after my mother was diagnosed with cancer and it culminated with the album being recorded a week after she passed away.”

For all these reasons and more, This Is It. is an undoubtedly intimate and deeply personal debut album to which you are all invited.

Jeff Palfini, 2015
Venue Information:
Ivy Room
860 San Pablo Ave
Albany, CA, 94706
http://www.ivyroom.com/