In 2014, singer-songwriter Teddy Thompson stopped by City Winery to perform an intimate set, including his songs “No Way To Be” and “Delilah”. Since then, Thompson’s approach has changed: on previous albums, he always relied on one of the songs he’s written to provide him with an album title and a central concept to build the rest of his work around.
This time it’s different: you won’t find a tune named “Bella” on his fourth Verve Forecast effort yet the idea of “bella” — Italian shorthand for “beautiful” — is everywhere. Recorded in New York City, his latest work combines lean rock and roll with lush string arrangements on material that is both disarmingly catchy and often startlingly frank. See him perform his latest songs with Jenni Muldaur on 5.7!
In 2014, Dave Alvin paired up with his brother, Phil Alvin, to perform in our winery for a Cellar Session. Originally part of the rock band, The Blasters, the Alvin brothers collaborated again to release their album, Common Ground. Check out this performance of “All By Myself”, and then see Dave Alvin live on 4.23 with blues singer-songwriter Carolyn Wonderland! Tickets available here.
Through 24 years and 16 albums, Carbon Leaf’s independent spirit and vibrant music continues to resonate with their fans. Blending genres into what the group calls “Ether-Electrified Porch Music”, the Virginia quintet’s songs of life, love, heartbreak, and landscape are independently recorded from their own studio in Richmond. The band will be performing with a collection of new songs inspired by acoustic and electric guitars, mandolin, fiddle, bass, drums, cello, banjo, penny whistle, pedal steel, accordion, and rich vocal harmonies. Check out their Cellar Session from 2014, and the see them live on 4.21!
Singer-songwriter James McMurtry tours year round and consistently throws down unparalleled powerhouse performances. The Washington Post notes: “Much attention is paid to James McMurtry’s lyrics and rightfully so: He creates a novel’s worth of emotion and experience in four minutes of blisteringly stark couplets. What gets overlooked, however, is that he’s an accomplished rock guitar player … serious stuff, imparted by a singularly serious band.” Check out this intimate performance of his song “Down Across The Delaware” and then see him live next Sunday (4.2)! Tickets may already be sold out, but the waitlist is still available!
Poi Dog Pondering keeps thriving because their ethic has always been about following their musical heart. Their steadfast independence has allowed them to perennially bloom. PDP have ripened into staunchly independent musical voyagers. They have let every sound that excited them flow through their music and flood it with ever changing colors: orchestral, acoustic, and electronic textures. Last year, they stopped by City Winery for a Cellar Session, where they performed their song “Angelika Suspended”. Check out the video below and see them this weekend on Friday (3.24) or Saturday (3.25)!
Rock band Living Colour sat down with us last summer to perform their song “Middle Man” for their Cellar Session. Living Colour rose to fame with their debut album Vivid in 1988. Stylistically, the band’s music is a creative fusion influenced by heavy metal, funk, hard rock, free jazz, hardcore punk, and hip-hop. Although the band scored a number of hits, they are best remembered for their anthemic single “Cult of Personality,” which won a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance in 1989, and their highest charting single “Type.” Check out the video below and see them live TONIGHT at 8PM!
As a prolific songwriter with ten albums, a Grammy-nomination, and countless songs written for others under his belt, Will Hoge has made his mark in the Americana country scene. He stopped by last year for a One on One session in our winery for an intimate performance of his song “Home is Where the Heart Breaks.” Check out the video below, and then see him live on 3.19 with fellow country artist Chris Knight!
Co-founder of the LA punk band X, John Doe, has performed countless performances that span the genres of rock, punk, country and folk. He stopped by City Winery last year for an intimate One on One session where he performed his song “Sunlight.” He’ll be returning to City Winery on 2.28 to perform solo renditions of songs from his latest album, The Westerner, along with selections from his entire career!
After a heavy touring schedule in 2013, singer-songwriter Joe Pug considered quitting music. Regarding his doubt, he stated, “hitting the road can make you go broke really quick” and that he “had expectations that were all out of whack.” In 2014, Pug took a break from touring, recommitting to, in his own words, “behaving like a human being again.” This period of reflection culminated in the 2015 release of, Windfall, Pug’s third album.
Last year, he stopped at City Winery for an intimate performance of songs from the album. Check out this Cellar Session of his performance of “Stay and Dance” and then check him out live this FRIDAY with special guest John Howie Jr.! Tickets available here.
Originally from New York, now dividing his time between Buenos Aires, Argentina and New York’s Hudson Valley, Richard Shindell is a writer whose songs paint pictures, tell stories, and juxtapose ideas and images. In 2014, he performed at City Winery for an intimate, memorable performance. Check out his song “Atlas Choking” and then grab a ticket to his next performance at City Winery on 2.11!