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

Ivy Room Presents

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

Nat Keefe, Steve Adams, Steve Pile

Sun · November 18, 2018

Doors: 4:00 pm / Show: 5:00 pm

$8.00 - $10.00

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.
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.
Steve Adams
Steve Adams
Steve Adams ties together many worlds, finding a meeting ground for feel-good jam and pop, dust-raising country and bluegrass, all with a close eye on the deep groove of Motown's James Jamerson. As the bassist for ALO and Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers, Adams is a national touring veteran and festival regular. When songwriting from home, Adams tinkers with drums, keys, as well as his trusty ukulele, which one can often find him roaming with at festivals looking for a good jam. In fall of 2016, Adams started Los Gardeners, a project to explore band-leading through original material and deep-cut classics with a rotating crew of Bay Area pros. When not traveling around in a tour bus, Adams can often be found digging through the bins at local record stores, drawing inspiration from the great vinyl past to filter into his creative endeavors.
Steve Pile
Steve Pile
It may be hard to put Steve Pile in a box, but if you did it would be something like this: at the bottom are Steve’s songs, the sides of the box are blues, country, rock, and Afropop, and the top is...well, there is no top.

After stints in Portland, OR, Austin, TX, Alaska, and Africa, California native Steve Pile landed back in the San Francisco Bay Area. Morphing from the Americana he nurtured in Austin to a more eclectic, cross-cultural musical stew, Steve Pile “represents the full drop of roots music.”

Fronting his band, Lazyman, (featuring Brian Rashap, Craig MacArthur and James Stafford), Steve has shared the stage with some of the finest Bay Area talent, from local up-and-comers to Phil Lesh. His writing spans from poignant fingerpicked love songs to boot-stomping country rock. Rhythms and melodies acquired from his travels in West Africa mingle with a sensibility in the vein of Townes Van Zandt and George Harrison.

A long steep in the waters of Delta blues round out the singular sound of Steve Pile.
Venue Information:
Ivy Room
860 San Pablo Ave
Albany, CA, 94706
http://www.ivyroom.com/