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

Laura Benitez, Deborah Crooks, Josephine Johnson

Sun · June 23, 2019

4:00 pm (event ends at 6:00 pm)

$8.00 - $10.00

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.
Laura Benitez
Laura Benitez
Laura Benitez uses the three chord tools of country music to tell the simple, unvarnished truth about love, too much whiskey, and the call of the road. Her songs range from honky-tonk shuffles to rock 'n' roll numbers to sweet old time waltzes, and cover everything from unwed motherhood to mean drunks, with a whole lot of heartbreak in between.
Deborah Crooks
Deborah Crooks
California songwriter Deborah Crooks' lyric-driven and soul-wise music draws on folk, rock and Americana, and is often compared to Lucinda Williams and The Cowboy Junkies. Her music ventures into everything from funk and reggae to the blues, reflecting her expansive and eclectic tastes, a sound which has evolved over her years studying writing and poetics at The Naropa Institute, voice with Chloe Goodchild and Mysore V. Amba Prasad (India), and cowriting and collaborating with her Bay Area peers. She’s released several CDs and EPs of critically noted original music, including 2016's Beauty Everywhere, the acclaimed 2013 release, Little Bird, and had her music featured on the PBS Series Road Trip Nation and Songwriters From the Fog Compilation V1. In 2014, she cofounded the band Bay Station with Kwame Copeland, which released its third CD, Other Desert Cities, in April 2018.
Josephine Johnson
Josephine Johnson
Growing up in rural Greentown, Indiana, Josephine Johnson dreamed of being a musician like the people she listened to on the radio. From Melissa Etheridge to U2 to Joni Mitchell, Josephine studied the music of her idols as she sang in church and performed in school musicals. In college, she became a ukulele and guitar player and started writing her own music as a student at the Savannah College of Art and Design and while at Humboldt State University in Northern California.

Eventually, Josephine would become the first of her blue-collar family not only to go to college but also to obtain Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees.

​Now a radio DJ and musician in Savannah, Georgia, Josephine has put the finishing touches on her breakthrough album The Spark. Inspired in part by Maxine Waters, the film Wonder Woman and the occasionally hostile male backlash to it, and her own experiences over the nearly two decades in which she has played guitar and uke, The Spark is a rare artifact: a deeply personal piece of songwriting with universal appeal.

​Teeming with gorgeous arrangements by famed San Francisco producer John Vanderslice and keys player/arranger Rob Shelton, the album fills its eight tracks with country and soul textures which work as perfect frames for the voice and words of Miss Johnson.

​Armed with her Mainland tenor ukulele and a throat of gold, Josephine weaves hooks and plangent decrees through a landscape of warm horns, analog keys and country textures. Her music exhales and moves the listener across a sweet landscape like a twilight breeze in God’s own country.

She has many songs in her books and many more to come.

Sit down. Have a listen.
Venue Information:
Ivy Room
860 San Pablo Ave
Albany, CA, 94706
http://www.ivyroom.com/