The Jayplayers / Jason McGovern and the Describers / No Good Sister
The Jayplayers w/ TBD
July 7, 2017 · 8:00pm
8 pm, Tigh Mhary
No Good Sister – Harmony driven Alt-Country/Roots Rock
Jason McGovern and the Describers – Singer-Songwriter, Americana, folk-rock, Indie
The Jayplayers – Americana, Roots Rock
Our first rehearsals were in a local park; something of singing outside, in summertime, for no one in particular, that speaks to the natural ease of our collective relationship with music” – remarks The Jayplayers, of their formation in 2013 in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Their songwriting is unassumingly authentic, derived from a shared, somewhat unconscious viewpoint. It seems their process was one in the same – to not really have a process; to write without intention, merely recording song ideas as they overcame their minds. “Our songs are most simply commenting on the human condition; words and music in harmony, made to strike a chord in the hearts of many.”
This Americana act, based around the songwriting of Keeley McCue and Chris Weidensaul, has developed from an acoustic duo into a full electric band set up as well. The recent inclusion of bassist Michael Broda and drummer Tyler Kollinok into the fold, has resulted in the live tracking of their debut album Glitter & Wine, which is available worldwide across all digital platforms (iTunes, Spotify etc.).
Over the past three years, not only has their collection of songs grown into a full length album, but they have also gained great notoriety for their hundreds of live performances. They have moved from playing local eateries and area listening rooms, to nationally recognized venues such as Rockwood Music Hall and World Cafe Live. With their highly anticipated album and expanded band format, you will surely be hearing even more from The Jayplayers in the near future – so stay tuned!
Jason McGovern and the Describers
@jasonmcgovern (twitter & instagram)
No Good Sister
In late 2012, a mom, a teacher, and a waitress gathered in a small Philadelphia apartment specifically to hear what their voices might sound like when joined together in three-part harmony. By the end of the night, Maren Sharrow, Jess McDowell, and Meaghan Kyle knew they had something special in the effortless way their three very different voices blended together in a harmony that was both timeless and exciting. No Good Sister was born.
The trio’s debut full-length studio album, You Can Love Me, self-released in March 2017 to rave reviews, including 3 1/2 stars from The Philadelphia Inquirer. The album, which was entirely funded through a successful Kickstarter campaign, is produced by Mike “Slo-mo” Brenner (The Low Road, Marah, Magnolia Electric Co), and features musicians from some of Philly’s favorite bands: Get the Led Out, John Train, West Philadelphia Orchestra, The Roddenberries, and more.
Within the first month of forming, NGS won an open mic competition at World Cafe Live at The Queen in Wilmington, DE, which ultimately led them to being named the Standout Performer of 2013, with a prize package that included the recording of their three song, self-titled EP (released in 2014), and a spot in the Hearo.fm’s 2014 SXSW showcase. In 2015, No Good Sister played on the Martin Guitar MainStage at the 54th Philadelphia Folk Festival, preceding Arlo Guthrie, Parker Milsap and Shakey Graves. They have performed at storied venues up and down the Northeast, The Bitter End (NYC), Club Passim (Boston), and headline regularly in Philadelphia and surrounding area clubs, venues, and festivals, and have opened for national headliners, The SteelDrivers, Eilen Jewell, The Kruger Brothers, and Kim Richey.
The ladies have performed live in-studio multiple times on-air on programs such as The Folk Show with Gene Shay (88.5 WXPN-FM), The Key with John Vettese (WXPN), Radio Nowhere with Joltin’ Joe (90.3 WMSC-FM), to name just a few, and “Little Bit Crazy” is already finding a home on radio out of the gate.
– Ellen Miller, WXPN, The Key
“It’s pure country that occasionally takes on an authoritatively
sharp rock-and-roll edge, giving the collection a timeless
– Nick Cristiano, The Philadelphia Inquirer, ***1/2