For the Sake of the Song Roadshow feat. Patrick Coman, Greg Klyma & Corty Byron w/special guests Vinegar Creek Constituency
Boston-based concert series and traveling roadshow featuring some of the Northeast’s best songwriters and bands.
April 23, 2014 · 7:00pm
7pm doors | 8pm music
$10 at the door
For the Sake of the Song is a Boston-based concert series and traveling Roadshow which features an ever-changing mixture of some of the Northeast’s best songwriters and bands, collaborating to perform music from and influenced by their greatest influences. The series, which takes its name from the classic Townes Van Zandt song, delivers the intimacy and energy of great late night jam sessions as well as an illustrative peak into the songwriting process of a wide range of contemporary artists.
Featured performers: Patrick Coman, Greg Klyma, Corty Byron & Vinegar Creek Constituency
Patrick Coman plays the soundtrack for Saturday night sinning and Sunday morning redemption. Merging the bluesy barrom shuffle from his native Oklahoma with the poetry of traditional New England folk music found in his adopted home of Boston, Coman has garnered fans across the country with a music that reveres tradition but refuses to bound by its labels.
In addition to performing, Coman is a reformed musicologist, who hosts the popular For the Sake of the Song concert series, which brings together top songwriters to collaborate in performing songs from their biggest influences alongside their own original work. He also produces and hosts the weekly “Local Folk” radio show on WUMB (Boston’s NPR music station) and is a board member of the New England Americana Festival.
His 2012 EP Let It Ring, followed Coman’s critically praised 2010 solo debut Southern Storms, (“one of the strongest local albums of the year” -The Noise) ratchets up the pace of his previous work, as foot stomping grooves anchor songs like the Dixieland flavored “Boston City Blues” and 12-bar shuffle “Hungover”, which feature some undeniably infectious playing of violinist Aaron Cross and singer Michelle Vanas, who adds a sweet counterpart to Coman’s gruff vocals.
Greg Klyma is a prolific songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and seasoned performer, bringing to every stage a catalog of material that assumes his audiences are both smart and able to laugh. His birth date puts him squarely in the middle of Generation X, but Greg is an old-school troubadour. His enduring themes, articulate and amusing stories, and populist ideals make him one of those rare young artists who is carrying the torch of Woody and Ramblin’ Jack. He rolls in off the road, pulls out a guitar, and proceeds to take us back to the basics: family, love, gratitude, and laughter. It’s the timeless art of the true troubadour, keeping alive the American folk tradition.
15 years into a career that has yielded seven albums, dozens of national tours, and the acclaim of folk’s most prestigious reviewers, Greg’s eager fans paid for his new album. Completing the online fundraising well ahead of schedule, Klyma delivers an emotionally charged blend of fan favorites from recent tours, and plenty of never-before-heard material on his eighth album, Another Man’s Treasure.
Long known as a passionate and largely positive populist, Klyma’s new album showcases an impressively matured songwriting talent. Travelling the perilous landscape of love, Another Man’s Treasure admits sadness, anger, regret and profound tenderness. Going beyond the Woody Guthrie/Mark Twain sass of recent years, Klyma shows himself navigating intimacy as a thoroughly modern man. But this blue-collar boy knows when to swallow the heartbreak, and so the album rallies with an equal measure of punky sing-alongs and bootstrap lifters.
Solo tracks feature Klyma’s adroit guitar and banjo picking, while the band numbers rollick with great energy and a chorus of harmonies, thus welcoming the listener to Klyma’s universe: long drives alone full of solitary contemplation, landing somewhere in America to shake the rafters and remind everyone of the love and dedication that keeps us going.
At 28 years old, guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Corty Byron has been active as a musician for over a decade. He released two solo projects (2011‘s Histrionic EP & 2010‘s Endless North), opened for/performed with artists like Gregg Allman, The Doobie Brothers, Dave Mason, Bruce Hornsby, The Gin Blossoms, Blackberry Smoke, Hot Tuna, Jimmy Vivino…. and has become a fixture of his hometown Central Pennsylvania music scene, as well as being a seasoned road hound, gigging his way from Manhattan to Memphis, Austin to Vegas and all points in between. In late 2011 Corty relocated to Venice, CA, and spent the following year performing up and down the coast and across the state, including venues such as The Viper Room, House Of Blues and Saint Rocke. His style has shifted from swampy vintage rock and soulful acoustic based Americana to song driven psychedelic indie pop/rock. Work has already begun on an upcoming full length album, that will feature all new original material written in the past year while on the road and living in California.
Vinegar Creek Constituency
American songs are full of deranged old ghosts howling at the moon. Vinegar Creek Constituency, an eclectic, incendiary string band out of the PA Dutch Country, channels these venerable old ghosts of the American folk tradition through imaginative, emotive original songs delivered with rock n roll intensity. Full of shouting, floorboard-stomping soul, their live performances are uplifting, high-energy events with fans dancing in the aisles and clapping, stomping, and singing along.
Like their folksong forerunners that took root around campfires and on back porches across America, the songs call out from the crossroads of light and darkness. They are dreams of Heaven alongside visions of Hell; songs in praise of love alongside tales of murder and the madness of lovers betrayed; songs that ride the rails, wander the countryside, rise from the grave, and cackle in the face of impending doom.
The musicians of Vinegar Creek Constituency come from diverse musical backgrounds that range from formal Classical performance to experimental garage Rock to traditional Old Time Appalachian string band music to Gypsy Jazz. Consequently, the band’s sound encompasses elements of many styles, including super-charged bluegrass, early Sun Records-era rock’n’roll, swing, vaudeville, outlaw country, and ragtime.
The Vinegar Creek Constituency was first conceived in 2005 by DiSanto, a Lancaster Pennsylvania singer/songwriter then fronting an experimental garage rock band. The group’s first (and for a long time only) show was at Lancaster’s Chameleon Club opening for Appalachian guitar legend Larry Keel (who sat in with VCC for a Bill Monroe tune). All of the band members were with other groups at the time, and the Constituency played only a few sporadic shows in the Lancaster area in their first few years. But by the Spring of 2008, the musicians of VCC had begun to approach the project with increased focus and commitment.
In May of 2008 VCC traveled to Cumberland, MD performing in and winning the first annual Delfest band competition, an event that became a catalyst for the band’s already-growing creative energy. Their eponymous debut album was released in October 2008. The follow up album, Angel of the Last Waltz, was released in May 2010. Both albums were engineered, produced, and released by the band members themselves and feature all original material;Don’t Go Back In Time, the band’s 3rd full-length, all-original studio album, was released in January 2013 and entered the Top 40 in the Folk Radio Airplay chart in October of that year.
The Vinegar Creek Constituency currently performs in clubs, theaters, and festivals in an ever-expanding range throughout the US- as the full 5-piece band or as the powerful, hard-traveling Vinegar Creek Constituency Duo- headlining, opening for, or sharing festival stages with legends, luminaries, and notables of numerous genres of American music, from rock to bluegrass to country. Some of these include: Del McCoury, Sam Bush, Larry Keel, Railroad Earth, Richard Thompson, Sara Evans, Langhorne Slim, Todd Rundgren, David Bromberg, Chris Thile (of Nickel Creek), John Cowan (of Newgrass Revival), The Carolina Chocolate Drops, David Grier, The Hackensaw Boys, and Hoots and Hellmouth.