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Krista Detor

Hillbilly Haiku House, Lebanon, TN

RSVP REQUIRED. Email hillbillyhaiku@gmail.com or phone 615-500-8717 to confirm attendance and receive address and directions.

 

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Hayward Williams with Louise Mosrie opening

Hillbilly Haiku House, Lebanon, TN

RSVP REQUIRED. Email hillbillyhaiku@gmail.com or phone 615-500-8717 to confirm attendance and receive address and directions. Full event details found here: http://bit.ly/cwcLC3 


Hayward Williams grew up with a guitar in his hands, performing from an early age in cafés, bars, and eventually rock clubs throughout his home state of Wisconsin and around the Midwest. A high school 'Battle of the Bands' champion, the textbook lonely college kid making dinner dates with his guitar, Williams took the well-worn suburban route to musical accomplishment: he hit the ground running with a '64 Gibson that his mother bought at a garage sale, listened hard to everything from the Beatles to Buckley, and somewhere along the way began to write the tunes that would become his own voice.

Hayward's live shows have been described as having "...everything you could hope for... message, melody, and hooks" (Vital Source), and feature his facile guitar and thoughtful, distinctive tenor (imagine the honeyed side of Ryan Adams, Jay Farrar's earthy grit, the playfulness of Sam Cooke). Built on a foundation of folk, blues, and soul Hayward's songs in performance display the raw intensity common to these forms, tempered by his own easy self-possession and wry charm.

We first heard Louise at last year's South East Regional Folk Alliance conference and knew immediately we'd love to have her at Hillbilly Haiku. Her CD'Home' has yet to lose its status near the top of our listening stack and many others are quickly joining Louise's fan base: "...this Nashville-based singer/songwriter blew us away with her in-store performance. Like listening to Patty Griffin and Susan Tedeschi at the same time. Highlight of the 30A Songwriter Festival." - Central Square Records, Seaside Florida

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3 Penny Acre w/ David Glaser and Doug Spears

Hillbilly Haiku House, Lebanon, TN

 

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Steve Young and Jubal Lee Young

Hillbilly Haiku House, Lebanon, TN

 

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Blue Mother Tupelo

Hillbilly Haiku House, Lebanon, TN

Ricky and Micol Davis, shortly after marrying in 1994, began their musical life together at an open mic night at Sassy Ann's in Knoxville, which proved to be the beginning of something very special. After releasing their debut album, My Side Of The Road, in 1997, they moved to Nashville in 1998. Vanguard recording artist Mindy Smith, who had just moved from Knoxville to Nashville a few months earlier, encouraged Ricky and Micol to move to Music City, where open mics, jam sessions and songwriter rounds found the duo ready for 2001's Delta Low ~ Mountain High, a release that continues to garner favor and attract media attention. 2005's Miramax film, Daltry Calhoun, features Blue Mother Tupelo's dreamy rendition of the Paul Anka classic, "Put Your Head On My Shoulder," and the movie's soundtrack also includes BMT's version. Love Live ~ 5 Songs From The Road showcases some live favorites recorded between 2001 and 2006, and highlights BMT’s penchant for jams and spontaneous sincerity. The song “Without You” (from Delta Low ~ Mountain High) is included in 2009’s 1970s style film, Sugar Boxx, directed by cult film maker Cody Jarrett. Through the years, BMT has traveled wherever the music leads—touring, recording, and living through their music.

http://www.bluemothertupelo.com

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Larry Jon Wilson

Hillbilly Haiku House, when you RSVP, Lebanon, TN

 Back in the mid ‘70s, Georgia native Larry Jon Wilson was considered by many to be a bona fide member of the country music “Outlaw” movement– alongside Waylon, Willie, and David Allan Coe. He cut a few albums for Monument, but– for whatever reason– his recording career didn’t last. It’s not for lack of talent. Larry Jon was included in a documentary film (made in 1975) about the direction of country music. The film is now available on video under the title “Heartworn Highways”, and it shows clearly how Larry Jon compares favorably with such noted singer/songwriters as Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle, Rodney Crowell, and Steve Young.

***This is a rare opportunity to spend the afternoon with one of the finest songwriters to ever pick up a pen. We are limiting attendance to the first 30 who RSVP. Don't get left out, email us at hillbillyhaiku@gmail.com to make your reservation today!

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Eric Taylor w/Peter Cooper opening

Hillbilly Haiku House, Lebanon, TN

Eric Taylor is a sage musician, a lyrical genius and a master of the guitar. If you're familiar with the intricate Texas singer/ songwriter jigsaw puzzle, you probably already know a lot about Taylor. If you're not familiar with Taylor by name, you've probably heard his songs performed by people such as Nanci Griffith and Lyle Lovett. He has created a multitude of fans and devotees that are legends themselves in the singer/songwriter realm, artists who have long considered Taylor to be a teacher and a lantern bearer whose time is long overdue. "To say that Eric Taylor is one of the finest writers of our time, would be an understatement," Nanci Griffith says. "If you miss an opportunity to hear Eric Taylor, you have missed a chance to hear a voice I consider the William Faulkner of songwriting in our current time." Griffith has recorded several of Taylor's songs, including "Deadwood," "Storms," "Dollar Matinee" and "Ghost in the Music," which they wrote together. Lyle Lovett, who recorded Taylor's "Memphis Midnight/Memphis Morning," and with whom Taylor co-wrote the immensely popular "Fat Babies," compares Taylor's narrative voice to that of Bruce Springsteen. Iain Matthews claims, "Once you become a Taylor fanatic, it gives one immense joy and pride to be able to enlighten others to the man's work."
Eric's Website
Eric's Myspace


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Blake Thomas with Josh Harty

Hillbilly Haiku House, Lebanon, TN

Blake Thomas, born in Minnesota, literally worked his way up from the bottom when, at 19, he moved east and began his career busking in the subways of Boston. He spent the following years traveling, grinding through the club circuit and honing his craft while sharing the stage with Leon Russell, Greg Brown, Pieta Brown, Peter Mulvey, The Honeydogs, Holly Golightly, Ben Taylor, Tom Russell, Jon Dee Graham & others. Thomas currently lives, tours and teaches out of Madison, WI. http://www.myspace.com/soloblakethomas

The third generation of musicians out of the Dakotas, Josh Harty is never far from his roots but always inventing new ways to honor the old. By the age of ten Harty had sung gospel and country with his father at “just about every Lutheran Church, Eagles Club and Senior Center in North Dakota.” By age 12 Harty had made two records with his dad, the second one selling 10,000 copies. These days the 31-year-old Madison-based artist writes and performs mostly solo but has a knack for surrounding himself with some of the best musicians in the Midwest for his recordings. http://www.myspace.com/joshharty

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Ed Snodderly w/ Linda McRae opening

Hillbilly Haiku House, Lebanon, TN

One of the select group of American "roots" musicians to appear in the Coen brothers' movie O Brother, Where Art Thou? (which was among other things a paean to Southern music), Ed Snodderly likes music with particularly deep roots. Some of the most respected musicians in contemporary music, as well as several music critics who survey the American music scene, agree that Snodderly's musical vision--expressed through songwriting and through persuasive performances of his own and of traditional songs--is distinctively Appalachian. Dobroist Jerry Douglas, characterizing Snodderly as being like a painter of regional landscapes, has asserted that "Snodderly's imagery comes through the words he uses to describe the world his songs live in. And his time period is not the one we exist in. He writes as though he lived ages ago, in a simpler time set with straight-ahead values. He also possesses the tools to perform the songs in a very convincing manner. He's carving himself a niche for his own genre of Appalachian music." Music journalist Allana Nash has acknowledged that "Snodderly's songs are evocative and original," while writer Robert K. Oermann has commented, "I know of no other songwriter that writes with such a strong sense of place." Snodderly's performances are equally worthy of praise. Some people already know that, especially fans of his former group The Brother Boys, which toured widely and recorded three acclaimed albums in the 1990s, including two for the prestigious Sugar Hill label. Snodderly has made what he has sometimes described as "new hillbilly music" virtually all his life Raised in the rich musical environment of northeast Tennessee, he learned to play several stringed instruments by watching his fiddler grandfather, guitarist father, and a pedal-steel-playing uncle. While appreciating the folk, country, and bluegrass he heard within his family circle during the late 1960s and early 1970s, Snodderly was simultaneously absorbing many other musical influences he heard on the radio, including rock 'n' roll, soul, pop, and, perhaps most crucially, the singer-songwriter scene that followed in the wake of the urban folk revival. Snodderly soon began to write his own songs and to make his own music, eventually incorporating the aforementioned musical influences into his own blending of old and new sounds. This blend, which he has termed "new hillbilly music," grew out of Snodderly's respect for his cultural background as well as his keen awareness of the changes taking place in Appalachia: "Years ago," he says, "people would ask me, 'What kind of music do you play?' I came up with the label 'new hillbilly' to confuse them while still giving an answer, and also to describe the kinds of songs I write. You see, I write songs that describe the world I come from and my everyday experiences. The songs I write are 'new' because they're present and immediate; the 'hillbilly' part of that label reflects where I'm from. For many years people have called folks from this area 'hillbillies.' A lot of folks don't like that term, and I myself don't like the term's negative connotations; but I also know that the real 'hillbillies' were and still are very smart and compassionate people who live close to the land."
Ed's Myspace


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Nov7

Keith Sykes

Hillbilly Haiku House, Lebanon, TN

From one-man-Dylan-cover-band in the late 60's, to playing the Coffee House circuit and living in New York, to the Austin, TX songwriter club, to joining the Jimmy Buffett 'family' in Key West, to hanging with Guy and Susannah Clark in Nashville, to reconnecting with and marrying a high school crush in Memphis, Keith Sykes has led a life full of the music that Hillbilly Haiku holds dearest. He has played, toured, written and recorded with, and/or had songs recorded by a list of artists that would make any writer green with envy, including Rodney Crowell, Jimmy Buffett, John Prine, Guy Clark, Roseanne Cash, Jerry Jeff Walker, and on. He's played on Saturday Night Live, he's played on Austin City Limits with Rodney Crowell. He's worked behind the scenes as a full-time writer, publisher, producer. He built The Woodshed recording studio in Memphis. Todd Snider asked Keith to join him on tour in 2000 and since then he's been back performing, recording, and touring. So I guess I need to thank Todd for the gift of getting to hear Keith Sykes in my living room! Don't miss this evening of music and stories from one who has done it all. 
Keith's Website
Keith's Myspace


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Sep26

Eric Brace & Peter Cooper

Hillbilly Haiku House, Lebanon, TN

"Eric Brace and Peter Cooper are in tune," is the Washington Post's assessment of the new duo album, You Don't Have To Like Them Both. This spring, songs from the album have landed at No. 1 on the Folk DJ chart, on the Sirius XM "Village" chart. The album topped the Freeform American Roots chart. Plus, it is currently in the Top 10 of the Americana chart. "Eric Brace and Peter Cooper have made a new record called "You Dont Have To Like Them Both." Well guess what? I like them both, a lot. Think of what you liked best about Gordon Lightfoot, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Gram Parsons and Roy Acuff, then thank God these lads like each other enough to offer up such a smoking, good, batch of songs." - Rodney Crowell
Eric and Peter Myspace


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Aug22

Nathan Bell with Angaleena Presley

Hillbilly Haiku House, Lebanon, TN

"I care whether or not my songs are important to the listener but I never think about the listener while I’m writing and recording. I think about the song. I love the work. I look angry but I’m deeply happy. I’m an atheist. I’m a Jew. I’m a lefty, liberal, gadfly. Sometimes I think I am the Trickster, a Sin-Eater. Then I realize how conceited that sounds, but I still wonder. I’m grateful." ~Nathan Bell "I’m a real life coal miner’s daughter from Beauty, Kentucky. That pretty much explains why I’m in Nashville singing my stories. I love beer, ballet, dirtbikes, The Tao, The Rolling Stones, poetry, music, and God. I     worship Loretta Lynn and hope to someday make out with Dolly Parton." ~Angaleena Presley
Nathan's website
Angaleena's myspace


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Jun20

Steve Young

Hillbilly Haiku House, Lebanon, TN

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May30

Davis Raines with Mark Robinson

Hillbilly Haiku House, Lebanon, TN

 

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Apr25

James Talley

Hillbilly Haiku House, Lebanon, TN

 

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Mar21

Ben Bedford with Sean Locke Opening

Hillbilly Haiku House, Lebanon, TN

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Feb14

Grayson Capps with Chelle Rose Opening

Hillbilly Haiku House, Lebanon, TN

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Jan17

Diana Jones with Peter Cooper Opening

Hillbilly Haiku House, Lebanon, TN

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