Friday, April 12th, 2013 at 6:30pm
The Elevens is a collection of good friends and great musicians who met each other when they were Kerrville New Folk Finalists in 2011. While the exact lineup varies according to availability, The YaYas, The Twangtown Paramours, Tom Corbett, Karyn Oliver, Rob Lytle, and Friction Farm occasionally get together to create fun and memorable evenings of song. On Friday April 12, Friction Farm, Karyn Oliver, and Rob Lytle will join us here at Open Ears Concerts. Potluck dinner at 6:30 PM, show starts at 7:30 PM. $15 suggested donation.
About Rob Lytle (www.roblytle.com)
Allan Cackatt of Maverick Music Magazine called Rob’s latest CD “The musical equivalent of a previously undiscovered Gainsborough” and raved that it was “one of those all-too-rare albums where every track is a standout.” Fred Schmale of the Real Roots Café wrote that “Rob's voice is strongly reminiscent of Jonathan Edwards and so is the music...Beautiful songs, beautiful melodies, somewhere between folk, country and pop."
These reactions, and many more like them, represent the re-launch of a promising performing career that was put on hold for nearly 14 years. Says Rob “A performer that I respected told me one night that ‘you can’t go anywhere with one foot in the boat and one on the dock,’ and I decided that he was right – and that I needed to get out of the “boat” and focus on my family.”
“I never had any regrets about that…but there came a point recently where I knew it was time to sing again.” The last two years has seen the results of that musical rebirth with an appearance as a finalist in the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival “New Folk” competition, juried showcase appearances at the Northeast, Southeast, and Southwest Folk Alliance Conferences, the release of his CD “You. Must. Stop.” and a busy national touring schedule.
About Karyn Oliver (www.karynoliver.com)
In 2009, Karyn Oliver moved to a town called Boring with a broken heart and a cheap guitar. It was from this place that she created the album that made her both a Kerrville New Folk Finalist and a Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist in 2011, as well as a 2010 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest winner.
In 2011, Oliver moved to a town called New York City, with a much renewed heart and a much better guitar named “Roxann.” It is from this place that she created what will be her best album to date, “Magdalene.”
Karyn is part Joan Osborne, a touch of Janis Joplin and a bit of EmmyLou Harris – effortlessly oscillating from bluesy to country and back. Her musical inspiration comes primarily from the eclectic mix of music to which she was exposed while growing up in the musically diverse culture of Washington, D.C.
About Friction Farm (www.frictionfarm.com)
Modern folk duo Friction Farm is guitarist/vocalist Aidan Quinn and bassist/vocalist Christine Stay. Blending country, folk and pop into a seamless package, they bring a rare freshness and spontaneity to the stage. Friction Farm were 2011 Kerrville New Folk Finalists and Falcon Ridge Emerging Artists. They have been songwriter winners at the South Florida Folk Festival and Susquehanna Music & Arts Festival songwriter finalists. Their new CD "I Read Your Book" is a collection of songs each inspired by a book. New Times Magazine describes them as "melodious and infectious folk nuggets that couple pretty harmonies with a contemplative simplicity."
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