Brendan Hogan to perform with Kerri Powers

Brendan Hogan and Kerri Powers come  to one of the great listening rooms in town,  The New England Folk Music Archives. Kerri and Brendan will perform solo sets and if we’re lucky play a few tunes together.

For tickets to the March 2nd show, click here

Kerri Powers
Kerri Powers’ throaty voice complements the moody, intimate songs on her recordings. With these songs, it’s clear that she looks for beauty on the darker side of life. However, with lyrics that are often considered quirky and whimsical, the songs can also have a hopeful feel but are never bouncy. “I put myself right in the middle of each song and find the truth in them,” Kerri says. She brings that same intimacy and charm to her live performances.

Kerri grew up listening to Neil Young, Gram Parsons, Patsy Cline, and Hank Williams. She took guitar lessons alongside her father when she was 9 and gravitated to the edgier sound of blues and soul. You might put her in the company of Lucinda Williams, Margo Timmins, or Karen Dalton.


 Brendan Hogan

Brendan Hogan’s second solo album, SilverQuick, was recorded in a home studio using a single microphone, a few guitars, a couple old tube amps, and a lot of experimentation with ordinary (and extraordinary) household objects, analog and digital synths, and a lot of delays.

SilverQuick features 12 new songs, and a 10+ page booklet with lyrics, artwork, and instrumentation details. The album is a “Do What You Want With It” release. That is, it was written and recorded as an album to be listening to as an album, sit down at a CD player and listen to it with the booklet. It’s worth it.

In late-2009, Hogan wrote and recorded his debut CD, Long Night Coming, featuring original roots, modern folk, and blues-based songs, The Boston Globe newspaper has called SilverQuick “elusive, transcendent, mercurial Americana”.

True music fans expect a little more from the artists they appreciate, and Brendan Hogan’s new album SilverQuick stays true to the methods of making a genuine album.

Last month Brendan performed at the Crossroads Coffeehouse in North Andover, MA.

To hear Brendan’s version of Bob Dylan’s “Things Have Changed”.  click here

For tickets to the March 2nd show, click here

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March 3, 1923 – May 29, 2012

Doc was a true American treasure, he will be missed. Click here for details

Lori McKenna is one of the musicians participating in the “Songwriters at Sea” Bermuda Cruise presented by Last Dance Productions.

From The Boston Globe Magazine Sunday, March 11, 2012

By Scott Hilman

 She rests the acoustic guitar on her lap, the tuning pegs sparkling like jewels under the floodlights. Her eyes are shut. She rocks gently back and forth, listening. Soon it will be her turn to play. But Lori McKenna still can’t fully accept that she belongs here.

On this Friday night in late January, McKenna is sitting in a circle with three other songwriters at the center of the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, a legendary storefront venue where, if you’re lucky, you might witness magic. The 100 or so people sitting in rapt silence wouldn’t trade their seats for anything.

“How did we get here?” McKenna says to Barry Dean, a friend, collaborator, and fellow performer at this songwriters’ round. “How did this happen?” She looks at the others in the circle – Nashville standouts Kim Carnes and Matraca Berg – and marvels at playing in their company. “I worship these people,” she says, and not in a whisper. Everyone can hear her.

Then McKenna wraps her slight frame around the guitar and begins to strum. Her distinctive voice, alternately soft and biting, fills the room, fills all of it, demanding attention. She is playing “Your Next Lover,” from her 2007 album, one of many arresting folk hymns straight from the great big beating heart of this Stoughton girl, who had five kids with the boy she met in third grade, honed her songwriting skills in the kitchen, found the courage to play gigs, and never looked back.

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