January 13, 2018 · 8:00pm

8:00 PM, TIGH MHARY
$5 COVER
21+
Lineup:
Bailey Run – Americana, Folk, Country
Native Harrow – Folk Rock / Indie Pop
Bryce Allan Flurie – Americana

Bryce Alan Flurie

There is an intersection where the dirt roads of the blues, folk, and old school country meet. It is right in the middle of Fallowtown.

Fallowtown is the soil where Bryce Alan Flurie’s songs get planted. Bryce ain’t no folk singer and contrary to the “all hat and no cattle” country music of today Bryce’s songs are influenced heavily by Gillian Welch, Dave Rawlings, Steve Earle, Townes Van Zandt, and Guy Clark. They turn tales, true or not, of red dirt soil, cornfields, moonshine, contrary milk cows and contrarier old men and the women that may or may not have done them wrong.

Fallowtown ain’t your Daddy’s music. Might have been your Grandaddy’s, though. These are all original new tunes whittled with a rusty old blade that’s sharp as all hell. This is music for the pool hall, the butcher shop, the factory floor, or the farmhouse, which incidentally is where this album was recorded.

Native Harrow

 

 

Devin Tuel has stopped veiling her life in poetic secrets.

Sorores, the songwriter’s second album as Native Harrow, is a 17 song confessional full of longing, sadness, joy, experience, loneliness, and storytelling gold which details the emotional journey of a lifetime. The album grows beyond where 2015’s Ghost left us and continues a journey inward and emerges as the artist’s most expansive and intimate work thus far. From the percolating bowed cellos and double basses and waves of chiming, shimmery electric guitars that open the album (“Gone”) a haunted longing is introduced. This is not a nostalgia for childhood but for a human connection that may only ever have existed in our expectation rather than in our experience. Tuel begins the story in mid conversation “I am expected to run things around this place, take it all in, make it better, never show your face.”

Native Harrow is Devin Tuel. However it would be remiss to say Sorores is the work of her alone. Stephen Harms, Tuel’s musical partner and bandmate, is her equal in building and fueling the machine that is Native Harrow. From concept, to production, and live performance, together the two created a world in which Sorores could come to life floating in on a drone. To make Sorores the pair decamped to various friends’ houses up and down the East Coast and in Nashville where they would record, produce, and engineer Sorores alone.

Imbued with her dual personality of indie queen and laurel canyon lady, Sorores finds Tuel flirting and floating between genres. The acoustic sounds that once defined Native Harrow have dissolved to the background and made way for a more upbeat, electric palette. At various points throughout the album, the drone of string glissandi, howls of slide guitars, and thunder of low pitched drums rumble in the distance and circle the doors of a great hall where songs of longing, of hurt, of love, and of growth are told around the roar of a fire. Fingerpicked ballads like “Chelsea” and “Your Love”, underpinned with the soft hum of overdriven Rhodes, give way to sruti drones and sitar solos on the Indian inspired “India Dark Thirty” and the dumbek and santur-style dulcimer of the Persian-by-way-of-the-Hudson-River track “Hudson”. Jazz guitar and Hammond B3 populate tracks like “For Nothing” and “Chelsea” while “How Long” brings a wall of slide guitars and an army of cellos to flesh out the open tuned acoustic, double bass, and drums that drive much of the album. The bowed double bass that underpins “Too Many Troubles” lights up the fiery “Suzanne From The City” while “Book Of Tongues” and “An Ending, A Part” drop the acoustic guitars and bass entirely in favor of rattling overdriven electric guitars and funky, palm muted electric bass. Following the atmospheric sounds of chirping birds and summer breeze, “Like The Muse” is propelled by high flying melodic electric bass while the 8 minute “Let Be” drops in and out of a psychedelic haze of sinewy snake-like guitar and desert hand drums.

“The songs of Sorores reflect changes of heart, growth of soul, struggles in my hunt to find life’s magic, and my exploration of the vast world of sounds. This Latin word for ‘sisters’ has resounded in and from me throughout the writing and recording process and, I feel, captures the essence of this album.”

Following the June 2 release of “Sorores”, Native Harrow embarked on a three month/68 show North American Tour – their most extensive to date with several performances opening for The Cactus Blossoms and Ian Fitzgerald. They sharpened their live show from a studio concept to a seasoned touring act with electric sounds of swirling hums, upright bass, open tuned acoustic guitars, keyboards, drums, and of course, Devin’s soaring vocals. They have created the essence of a full band while remaining a duo and will close out 2017 with another North American tour.

Bailey Run

Bailey Run is the music of singer/songwriter, David Wilson. David has opened for national artists such as Kansas, Tim Reynolds’ TR3, Bess Rogers, Doug Paisley, Sister Hazel, and Sonia Leigh among others. His music has been featured on Pittsburgh, PA’s 91.3FM WYEP and Philadelphia, PA’s 88.5FM WXPN. His song “Railroad Man” from his first solo album called “Songs From Wood Street” and his song “Simple Mind (The Student Loan Song)” from his second solo album “Black Top Road” were both featured as the Philly Local Pick of the Day on Philadelphia’s 88.5FM WXPN. His song “Philadelphia,” also found on “Black Top Road” has also received airplay on WXPN. In the fall of 2016 he was chosen by WXPN Midday Host Helen Leicht to be featured as the “Fig Voices” artist in Lancaster, PA’s Fig Magazine. His latest EP called “After the Rain” is his first work under the name “Bailey Run,” taken from the location of his family’s Christmas Tree farm in rural south/central Pennsylvania. 

“David’s Song “Simple Mind (The Student Loan Song)” caught my attention. His voice is warm and he shares the message of the stress that college graduates are dealing with today. Listening to his music, I hear influences of James Taylor and Jason Isbell! ”
— Helen Leicht, Midday Host, XPN Local Host, Assistant Program Director – 88.5WXPN – Philadelphia, PA

“David Wilson’s voice is awesome. It drives me nuts because I can’t figure out which timeless songwriter he sounds like. Gram Parsons? Jim Croce? Harry Nilsson? A very compelling performer”
— Cindy Howes, Morning Mix Host – WYEP 91.3 FM – Pittsburgh, PA

“David Wilson’s beautiful and haunting songs make me feel like I’m on a long country road at sunset or the dusty coal mines of Appalachia. His guitar playing is artful and intricate and his voice is smooth and sincere. He is an artist that is clearly headed for great things.”
— Bess Rogers, Recording Artist, guitarist for Ingrid Michaelson

“David is a bright star rising! His songs have strong visual images backed up with solid guitar rhythms and heartfelt vocals. He is an up and coming talent in the world of singer-songwriters.”
— Greg Joseph, Bassist, Songwriter for The Clarks