Singer-Songwriter Showcase w/Steve Patterson – Guest: Leo DiSanto w/ Chris Kauffman and Steve Chambers
Vinegar Creek Constituency frontman shows us why he’s been compared to Townes Van Zandt, Hank Williams, Jimmie Rodgers, and Willie Nelson.
June 18, 2014 · 7:30pm
This is the third installment of our new singer-songwriter showcase series curated by local songwriter Steve Patterson!
Steeped in the tradition of legendary songwriters like Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, Carol King, Kris Kristofferson, John Prine, Paul Simon, to name just a few, the Singer-Songwriter Showcase intends to bring artists and audience together to enjoy new original music.
Each month, we will present a headliner, an established artist working in this genre, and we will follow that performance with a bill of writers who want to bring out two or three new tunes to try out on the audience.
This month’s featured performer is Leo DiSanto (of Vinegar Creek Constituency), along with Chris Kauffman and Steve Chambers.
Leo DiSanto, a troubadour from rural Pennsylvania, has spent the past few years traveling these united states- from Maine to Florida, from Fargo to Dallas- as founding front man of the incendiary, eclectic, award-winning string band Vinegar Creek Constituency (www.vinegarcreek.com). In early summer 2011, Leo released his first solo album- The Moon, A Silver Dime, which resounds with a diversity of influences from Sun Records-era Elvis to Leonard Cohen to Bob Dylan, from country junkyard rock to acoustic folk to warped, “Felliniesque” (Fly Magazine) circus music. In winter 2012 DiSanto embarked on a 20-date solo tour, performing throughout the Appalachian South, Gulf Coast, and Texas. With the 2013 release of VCC’s 3rd all-original album, Don’t Go Back In Time, Leo has continued to tour in an ever-expanding range as half of the dynamic Vinegar Creek Constituency Duo, including appearances at radio stations, music festivals, nightclubs, theaters, street corners, barn jams, and venues of all sorts. Described by a songwriter friend as “Lord Byron meets Merle Haggard,” Leo’s galvanizing live performances have inspired comparisons to legendary troubadours such as Townes Van Zandt, Hank Williams, Jimmie Rodgers, and Willie Nelson.
As lead singer of the indie-rock band, Waiting for Cadence, and formerly the lead in the alternative rock band, Riveredge, Chris Kauffman has quietly been a mainstay in the Northeast music scene for more than a decade. As a solo artist, however, the Lancaster, PA-based songwriter has softly won over fans of acoustic music as well. Between band projects, Chris has recorded two full-length albums, 2006’s self-titled album and 2008’s “Know You” which met with some minor critical acclaim. Chris is especially proud that he recorded and performed every instrument and every note of “Know You” on his own.
Chris’ music ranges from ambient, acoustic sounds all the way to full rock- all on an acoustic guitar. His vocal and songwriting style has been compared to everyone from Beck, to the Gin Blossoms, to David Gray, to Benjamin Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie. Although there may be similarities to other artists, Chris takes pride in being able to connect with audiences through music in his own unique way. His years of performing experience have allowed him to find his own unique voice.
Currently Chris lives in Strasburg, Pa. where he continues to write and record his own music. He is recording an EP for the band, as well as beginning a new solo recording with hopes that it can be released in 2014. He performs with Waiting for Cadence, as well as playing solo shows, however, because he has a young family he now performs mostly in eastern PA and surrounding areas.