Date and Time
Saturday, July 13th, 2013 at 7:00pm
Bonnie Whitmore - on tour from Texas - www.bonniewhitmore.com +
Nancy K Dillon - okie roots americana - www.nancykdillon.net
in concert @ ~ Egan's Ballard Jam House ~
1707 NW Market Street, Seattle WA 98107 206-789-1621
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More Info on Bonnie & Nancy :
BONNIE WHITMORE started writing songs at 16 and moved to Austin at 18. But her music career began far earlier, when her father, a Denton-based pilot, recruited her for Daddy & the Divas. She likes to joke that she and older sister, Eleanor, were born so he could have a band. (He also married an opera singer.)
An accomplished cellist and bassist, she lived in Nashville for a while, spent a year singing in Hayes Carll’s band and frequently appears with the Mastersons, fronted by Eleanor and her husband, Chris Masterson. (They also play in Steve Earle’s band.) Both appear on Whitmore’s just-recorded, and still untitled, second album, which Chris produced, as he did her first, Embers to Ashes. That one chronicles the arc of a relationship that didn’t work out. “It was totally worth the breakup to get that album,” she says, admitting her Music City sojourn helped her “really learn the art of crafting a song.”
With a voice that goes from whispering softness to full throttle and alto to soaring soprano, and songs that plumb relationships with lyrics referencing Lewis Carroll, Hunter S. Thompson and Radiohead, she’s got Americana fans clamoring to hear her new work. During a break from recording in Austin, Chris observes, “It’s a big-sounding record.”
And it comes from a woman with big passions. “I’m doing music because I have to,” Whitmore says. “It’s what I do, it’s what I know and if I don’t do it, I feel incomplete.”
—L. Margolis - Austin Monthly
NANCY K DILLON - Growing up in the dusty plains of Oklahoma just six blocks away from Route 66, this closeness to one of America's legendary transportation highways must have made an impression on a young Nancy due to the evident quality on these eleven songs. Like other respected artists that were raised close to places of travel, her longing to get up on her feet and see what's out there is evident on many songs as are other subjects of life.
With an old timey feel in the same vein of the Carter Family, "Looks Like Rain" moves along at a fine pace and is in fact the best song on the album when you consider the originality of the accompaniment, in particular the fiddling and mandolin picking. "Portland" is sparsely done but this is to the song's benefit. It paints a delightful picture of the city which leaves its audience longing to visit its shores. Having no previous urge to visit this Oregon location it is a triumph of a song which leaves a previously unwilling person wanting to go there simply because of a four and a half minute song.
Nancy's songs are superior when compared to even the most successful of contemporary Nashville artists, and the movers and shakers of Music Row should sit up and pay attention to what she has to say. Having shared the stage with the likes of Gretchen Peters, Guy Clark and Ray Wylie Hubbard you realise when listening to this album why those openings have happened.
--R. Hill - Maverick Magazine UK