Megan Burtt / Aaron Nathans & Michael Ronstadt
Music at 8:00 pm (Doors at 7:30 pm)
Megan Burtt was born and bred in Denver, CO. Ive always written songs, she says. I took piano lessons when I was young, but when I picked up my dads old classical guitar, things took off. Inspired by Joni Mitchells Blue, Burtt taught herself to play, dreaming of a musical career. I didnt know any girls who played music, but Blue, Bonnie Raitts Nick of Time and the women on the MTV videos I saw, let me know it was possible.
After high school, she moved to Boston to attend the Berklee School of Music. There she made two EPs she calls her practice records. As soon as I met other musicians, I put together a band and started playing. We took every gig we could get. I loved being on stage with such talented players. It developed my ear, made my guitar playing more solid and made me a confident bandleader and performer.
When she graduated from Berklee, Burtt moved to Mississippi to investigate the roots of American blues music. While there, she contracted a potentially fatal disease, but she never stopped singing or performing, and eventually found her way to full recovery. She played music in Vietnam for a couple of months, then returned to the States to record It Aint Love, a 12 song collection she made with the friends that still make up the backbone of her recording band Louis Cato, guitarist Adam Tressler and James Williams. One of the songs on the album, Waiting for June, won Best Song at the 2010 Rocky Mountain Folk Festival and the 2011 Kerrville New Folk Competition.
In 2013, Burtt began writing and preproduction on the songs that would become The Bargain and continued annual holiday tours of the Pennsylvania prison system with her band. The maximum security inmates we play for are some of my favorite audiences. Its incredible to perform for people who are truly grateful youre there.
After two years of careful production, The Bargain arrives to show off Catos creative production and Burtt's bold vocals. Its more honest and evolved than my first album, Burtt says. Im beyond excited to start sharing these songs with my fans. Im tying a bow around this album, knowing that I put everything I had to give into it.
Aaron Nathans & Michael Rondstadt
With their much-anticipated second album, Hang On for the Ride, the dynamic cello- guitar duo of Aaron Nathans & Michael G. Ronstadt push the boundaries of folk music with a creative, adventurous, and wildly enjoyable new work.
Their previous album, Crooked Fiddle, was a surprise favorite among folk music fans. The album fused nostalgia, emotion and musical virtuosity, alongside songs that got stuck in your head in the best way. Most importantly, the music was authentic -- sparse, brilliant and honest.
But for two artists who believe in challenging themselves, making the same album twice was out of the question. For a follow-up project, they would channel the immediacy of their live shows, which are always exciting events. They would push themselves musically, with complex orchestral arrangements that sound deceptively simple.
And in keeping with their commitment to honesty, the music would reflect the challenging times during which it was made. The recording of this project paused last summer when Michaels father and namesake, the great Michael J. Ronstadt, died.
The resulting album is a portrait of contrasts, darkness and light: young love, ghostly photographs of old friends long gone, and the urge to run away to find peace and safety. Nathans & Ronstadt venture into lyrical corners other songwriters would never dare: peanut allergies, or climate change rendered as a hallucinogenic carousel ride. The Queen classic Another One Bites the Dust is recast as a jazzy murder ballad.
The title track talks of hanging on through tough times. And the leadoff song, by the elder Ronstadt, is a vision of making ones way through the snowy North, as seen through sun-kissed Southwestern eyes.
Michael, who hails from his famous Arizona family, now lives in Cincinnati, where he is a sought-after cello teacher and mentor. He is also a member of the Ronstadt Brothers (formerly Ronstadt Generations) and Serenity Fisher & The Cardboard Hearts, and also works with Craig Bickhardt and David Trotta. Aaron lives with his family in greater Philly. He also performs solo and, along with Avi Wisnia, founded and leads the Philly Songwriters Circle, a song critique group. He has been a Kerrville New Folk finalist.
Nathans & Ronstadt were named Best of Philly Folk Fest by Philly CityPaper in 2015. Michael Tearson of SingOut! Magazine wrote of Crooked Fiddle: This is an engaging, warm and intimate collaboration between songwriter Aaron Nathans and songwriter/ multi-instrumentalist Michael G. Ronstadt... Throughout the songs are stirring and they leave you thinking. A thoroughly satisfying and stimulating effort.
And Matt Casarino of the Delaware comedy duo HotBreakfast! wrote: Aaron and Michael are amazing musicians and songwriters. Their first album Crooked Fiddle is a masterpiece of modern folk - beautiful, introspective, funny, earthy, and wonderful... I want another album from these guys, and soon.
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