Friday, November 17th @8PM; Live! From The Red Room @ Cafe 939: Eddie Berman and Brian Larney
has been writing songs since he was a California teenager. His bedroom
demos have earned substantial play on vanguard public radio station KCRW
89.9 FM, he’s recorded and played throughout North America and Europe,
and he performed for several thousand people over dozens of sold out
London residency shows in partnership with British singer Laura Marling.
In fact, while recording a live EP with
Marling in 2013, he realized that the way to make a record was to strip
the process down, to get at essence of the song. “Some of my favorite
records are recorded that way—people sitting in a room, capturing what
they capture. There’s going to be a creaking chair. A solo isn’t going
to be perfect. You’re not going to sing that line the way you’d planned
it. But I love that,” says Berman. “Why would you overcomplicate these
Since coming to
that realization, Berman has released several albums worth of songs that
feel lived-in and human—ever appropriate, as they are stark and honest
examinations of the impulses, neuroses and desires that push each of us
from one day and into the next.
For years singer-songwriter Brian Larney
had been a band guy quietly amassing a solo back catalog of exquisite
pop-rock. Though he felt fulfilled in the collaborative partnership of a
band, deep down he always wondered whether he could create something
uniquely his own. With the sophisticatedly accessible At The Starting
Line (Nunya Records) he proves he can, and boldly showcases his personal
and prodigious songwriting gifts.
Noted cinematic Americana
songwriter David Mayfield produced the album at SUMA Recording Studios
in Painesville, OH. Larney was a fan of David’s work in The David
Mayfield Parade and sought an audio vérité production aesthetic with
organic performances captured with pristine fidelity. “In the past, when
I recorded, I tried to make everything perfect. I would do so many
takes. I squeezed the life out of the music,” Larney explains. “David
brought out this air of ‘acceptance’ in the music where expression was
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Wednesday, November 15th @8PM; Live! From The Red Room @ Cafe 939: Harry Jay Smith & The Bling and Claudia B. Swope.
& The Bling are an R&B/Funk group from DC, now located in
Boston, MA. The Group attend Berklee College of Music, and have been
known to give high-energy live performances. They have played all over
the Boston and DC areas, and have been featured on WEMF radio, in
Boston, as well as the Berklee Internet Radio Network, and several other
radio stations up and down the East Coast.
Claudia B. Swope
is a pop/neo-soul artist from the D.C. area. A singer and keyboard
player for upwards of ten years, Claudia now performs her own music solo
and with various bands. Currently a student at Berklee College of
Music, Claudia describes her sound as “Kehlani meets Norah Jones,”
citing influences from artists such as Stevie Wonder and Amy Winehouse.
She has countless live performances under her belt; most notably, at
The Fillmore Silver Spring, on Fox 5 Good Morning DC, and at the
National Cherry Blossom Festival.
In early 2016, Claudia B. Swope
released her first EP, “Chances,” which represents her “blue-eyed soul”
style. Now, after a successful GoFundMe campaign to sponsor her upcoming
album, Claudia is eager to share her newest work with the world.
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