Melissa Ferrick – Sara Rachele opens

Melissa Ferrick – Sara Rachele opens

Apr 23, 2015 |  0 comments
Date: Apr 23, 2015 Time: 8:00 PM Price: $15 in advance/$18 day of Type: singer/songwriter

rescheduled from 1/16/15

 

Melissa Ferrick is an indie singer songwriter from Boston MA. She has released 17 albums over the last 20 years. She is currently working on a new EP to be released on he own label, Right On Records, she is re-launching utilizing a new on line platform engaging  her ever expanding fan’s involvement. This new release is currently set for late fall 2014.
Melissa also teaches part time at Berklee College of Music.

Her last release, “The Truth Is”, won the IMA for Alt. Country Album of The Year 2013, the first self-produced album since 2004, the truth is (released June 4 on MPress Records) is an evolution in the sound she has developed over the course of her expansive career and catalog, the record is also a creative departure in its collaborative approach to the recording process for the multi-instrumentalist. The result is a raw, rootsy record set to a sweeping Americana/alt-country soundtrack that layers pedal steel guitars and background harmonies into some of the lushest, brightest songs of her 20-year career; special guests include fellow Berklee alum Paula Cole and Rose Polenzani.

Signed to Atlantic Records in the mid-‘90s, Ferrick was part of a new wave of alt-rock females—including artists like Liz Phair and PJ Harvey—who sang about womanhood with sharp, unchecked honesty. Morrissey proved an early champion when he personally invited her to tour as his opening act. Ferrick eventually went on to found her own label and release a string of albums and EPs (more than 16 to date) in which she played almost every instrument herself. She tours regularly and plays to packed houses across the U.S.

Ferrick, an eight-time Boston Music Award winner, signed with NY-based MPress Records and released Still Right Here (2011). The album debuted on Billboard’s Heatseekers Album Charts, won an 8th annual International Acoustic Music Award (IAMA) and garnered two Independent Music Award (IMA) nominations. The title track’s music video premiered on the launch of Huffington Post’s Gay site and won two RightOutTV awards. In 2011, Ferrick was a featured music honoree in OUT Magazine’s OUT100 – focusing on artists who make an impact on the community.

Regarded as one of the most prolific & hardworking artists in the industry, Ferrick tours regularly and plays to packed houses across the U.S., performing upwards of 100 shows a year. She has shared the stage with Morrissey, Marc Cohn, Paul Westerberg, Dwight Yoakam, John Hiatt, Weezer, Tegan and Sara, G-Love & Special Sauce, Dan Bern, Ani DiFranco, k.d. Lang, Suzanne Vega, Shawn Colvin, Mike Doughty, The Indigo Girls and among many others.

Regarded as one of the most prolific & hardworking artists in the industry, Ferrick tours regularly and plays to packed houses across the U.S., performing upwards of 100 shows a year. She has shared the stage with Morrissey, Marc Cohn, Paul Westerberg, Dwight Yoakam, John Hiatt, Weezer, Tegan and Sara, G-Love & Special Sauce, Dan Bern, Ani DiFranco, k.d. Lang, Suzanne Vega, Shawn Colvin, Mike Doughty, The Indigo Girls and among many others.

 

tumblr_static_d4pqsn72avc4o0wssogoccc0cand on the opener: The daughter of a baby-boomer painter and Italian/Slovak immigrant, Rachele (pronounced ra-kelly) grew up a studio rat and folk child. Working for free cleaning out the cupboards at famed Atlanta acoustic hotspot Eddie’s Attic, she met countless musicians and writers and fell into bands as a side-player before she even knew how to write a song. While still a teenager, she met Virgin Records artist Hope Partlow and guitarist Ryan Wilson, and became backing vocalist and keyboard player for The Love Willows, who promptly signed to Decca / Universal, writing and recording with producer Mike Daly (Whiskeytown, Lana Del Ray, Grace Potter).

Eventually, though, Rachele decided to leave behind The Love Willows’ bubblegum pop sound, moved to Boston and enrolled for a time at Berklee College of Music, before dropping out to live in her newly adopted home of New York City. Inspired by its long history of seedy bohemian songwriters and poets, and by the energy of the city itself, Rachele filled up journals with her ramblings and penned ballad after ballad as she roamed the coffeehouses & nightclubs of the East Village, trading innocence for experience. Word spread quickly about her passionate delivery, her honest, unadorned lyrics and her uniquely Southern sound. Along with sidekick and fellow Atlanta expat Charlotte Kemp Muhl (with Sean Lennon, half of Ghost of the Saber Tooth Tiger), Rachele found a home—musical and otherwise—in New York.

“For such a big city, New York can be a pretty small town,” Rachele says. “I saw an ex across Houston Street once—he was playing a show I think, everyone always is, you lose track. But I remember running across four lanes of traffic—just seeing him, turning, and running through the East Village. No one ever leaves you in New York. You still have to learn how to know them. It’s the continuousness of it all—nothing every really ends. And the cabbies just know to get out of the way—’cause at any moment some heartbroken woman might run out into the street.”

While in New York, Rachele befriended veteran music photographer Perry Julien, who was intrigued by and shot portraits of Rachele at The Chelsea Hotel, that sacred place of rock lore. Her session with Julien was one of the haunt’s final photo shoots before it closed its doors to guests. Rachele’s images from The Chelsea Hotel—once home to Dylan Thomas, Bob Dylan, Patti Smith & The Sex Pistols—have been featured in SXSE photomag, Creative Loafing, and art galleries up and down the East Coast. She and Julien’s collaborations were published in Julien’s book Secrets (2013), and forthcoming Chelsea Hotel photo book Guests. Rachele is a photographer herself, her work having appeared in Pitchfork, Brooklyn Vegan, Creative Loafing and Stereogum.

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