March 14, 2014 · 7:00pm

Doors 7pm | Show 8pm

Miss Tess and the Talkbacks


Miss Tess is a Brooklyn-based songwriter, her band the Talkbacks make swinging, jumpin’ modern vintage music that nods to the traditions of saloon jazz, country swing, early rockabilly, and New Orleans second line, yet somehow maintains a unique personal sound. “She’s a musical chameleon, recalling at various moments Tom Waits’ barfly humor, the cabaret-rock of Beirut, or even the wink-wink wit of early Bette Midler.” – Holly Hughes, Blog Critics.

Stemming from the truest meaning of the now overused word “Americana”, the band pushes their influences into the current music scene with something totally fresh and soulfully timeless. The skilled musicianship of the quartet combined with Tess’s heartfelt songwriting and powerful stage presence creates a live experience that is more interesting and engaging then most by popular musicians today. It’s quality music you can’t define in one sentence.

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Thomas Bryan Eaton

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It was the first day of spring, with the night sky holding a full moon, when Thomas Bryan Eaton was born…

Shortly there after, he sat down at a piano and fell in head over heels with the magic of sound. A lover of music in all its forms; Thomas can play pretty much anything that makes noise, but likes to spend most of his time wandering around the frets of a guitar, slip-sliding on a pedal steel or singing songs with nice melodies.

We All Want To Be Love, Thomas’ second full-length record, finds him standing with one foot firmly planted in traditional American roots music and the other finding new meaning to the term rock ‘n’ roll. His emphasis on classic songwriting and instrumentation coupled with fresh melodies and expansive arrangements sets him apart from many of the other loosely labeled Americana acts of today.

“For years, I focused on instrumental abilities. Studying jazz improvisation, learning bluegrass and old-time fiddle tunes, and generally focusing on getting what’s inside my head, out of it on various instruments,” says Eaton from his Brooklyn apartment. “Then, one night while playing bumper pool with my friend in college, I heard Dylan’s Nashville Skyline for the first time. That marked the emergence of “the song” in my musical landscape. What you can do with words, stories and music is absolutely amazing. Now, “the song” is by far the most important thing to me.” Thomas’ sense of song, combined with his instrumental prowess, is what gives this record not only depth; but also a reason to dive deeper.

The record was crafted over the last year and a half in between tours, bar gigs and the general madness of New York City. Produced, mixed and mastered by Eaton, recorded at various friends’ studios and his own apartment, We All Want To Be Love features a cast of his closest musical associates including, Jeff Malinowski, Aaron Shafer-Haiss, Miss Tess, John Pahmer, Adam Moss, Todd Livingston, Ryan Cady, Jared Samuel, Ezra Oaklan as well as Thomas on all sorts of noise making.

Catch Thomas playing by his lonesome or with his band Hobson’s Choice, a rootsy, country rock ‘n’ roll band reminiscent of Jerry Jeff Walker, The Rolling Stones, and the best parts of The Grateful Dead. They’re known to get even the normally stoic crowds of NYC on their feet dancing!

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