Bryan McPherson

Ivy Room Presents

Bryan McPherson

Tom Rhodes, Field Marshall Sound (Chris Taggart from Action Patrol)

Sun · April 28, 2019

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

This event is 21 and over

Bryan McPherson
Bryan McPherson
Singer Bryan McPherson has a tattoo of the unmistakable silhouette of the United States of America on his right arm - the contiguous 48 states, at least. This may seem a strange idiosyncrasy for an artist who is largely considered a protest singer. Truly, McPherson pulls no punches when pointing out the darker side of his homeland, and given the dynamic, folk-punk delivery of his songs about the labor movement, race relations, income inequality, women’s rights, gay rights and other causes of the oppressed and marginalized, it is nearly impossible to not be moved by his message. His agile and shouted tenor, uptempo guitar playing and frenetic harmonica accompaniment are reminiscent of an amped up Woody Guthrie - or maybe Dylan on speed - and McPherson is fearless about taking his message to the people, logging thousands of miles playing solo shows from coast to coast. If there is a salient criticism of modern activism it is that it lacks heart and focus, but Bryan McPherson has both of these things in spades - because it’s when he slows down his tempos, dials down his rage and delivers stark, first-person songs about love and the loss of loved ones that his strong, vulnerable and indelible heart shines through. McPherson’s new album, Wedgewood, was recorded in a rustic studio near an abandoned gold mine in California’s Sierra Nevada mountains - a long way from his hometown of Boston. The collection of songs was named for the brand of wood burning stove that he tended to stay warm, and the theme of fire imparts the music with a palpable feeling of searing change. Bryan McPherson may be a slightly anachronistic protest singer in the Internet Age, but he is offering no vague indictments of those in power, he’s as real as they come. A keen eye will reveal that there are no state lines or red or blue ink to divide the country on McPherson’s tattoo, and that’s an apt reminder for all of those singing and fighting for a better world.
- Joe Armstrong, Independent's Day

Having toured relentlessly since 2012, Bryan has countless full North American Tours under his belt, as well as a 2 European Tours in 2015. He has toured with, opened up for, and shared the stage with many great artists - including Steve Earle, Chuck Berry, the Dropkick Murphys, Tim Barry, Cory Branan and Hamel on Trial to name a few.
Tom Rhodes
Tom Rhodes
For the last five years, Tom Rhodes has been making quite a name for himself in the Americana scene. His award winning music is as real and honest as it gets. His distinctive voice, road-worn and raspy from years of honing his craft, and inviting guitar work that cleverly masks its complexity, form a warm and welcoming home for his heartfelt and inspiring lyrics.

His recent appearance on season 9 of NBC’s The Voice, marks but a single moment in an incredibly busy 2015. Tom has signed an exclusive licensing deal with Platform Music Group, and his song “Fist Full of Dollars” place 2nd in the Songwriter Hall of Fame 2015 songwriting competition. Tom’s most recent album, With or Without (2014), has also been received with unanimously rave reviews in the United States and abroad.

Having played shows across the US and Europe throughout his career, Tom has steadily built a diehard fan base that has seen him through the release of four independent albums: Tom Rhodes (2004), No Apologies (2006), Better Son (2010), and With or Without (2014). Fans have followed him from small bars in the DC area to venues such as the Walnut Creek Amphitheater in North Carolina, the Paramount Theater in Oakland, CA, and Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. As of 2015, his music has been licensed and used on network and cable TV shows, feature length movies, and commercials across all platforms. Tom’s music can be heard on Pandora, Spotify, Rdio, Grooveshark, curated Americana and Alt-country radio shows, as well as terrestrial radio and internet streaming stations around the world.

Geographical influences are unavoidable, when you've spent as much time in and around some of America’s greatest musical heartlands. Born in Houston, Texas, he moved to the Washington, DC area before heading off to places like Memphis, New Orleans, New York City, and even the Caribbean - each place leaving indelible marks on his eclectic songwriting and performing style. In 2011 he moved to Oakland, CA (where he currently resides), while working on new material and following some of his other passions, including illustration and videography.

When in the Bay Area, Tom plays with his all-star band: Oscar Westesson (Bhi Bhiman, Quiles & Cloud), Andrew Laubacher (Con Brio, Kelly McFarling), and Tim Marcus (Lia Rose, Jessie Bridges), and is often accompanied by The Lady Crooners on background vocals.
Field Marshall Sound (Chris Taggart from Action Patrol)
Field Marshall Sound is the acoustic project of Chris Taggart, mastermind behind Richmond Virginia hardcore legends Action Patrol
Venue Information:
Ivy Room
860 San Pablo Ave
Albany, CA, 94706
http://www.ivyroom.com/