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Jul
1
Sat
Anderson’s Step It Up Student Showcase @ Center for the Arts
Jul 1 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Anderson’s Step It Up Student Showcase

The Center for the Arts Presents
Saturday, July 1, 6:00pm
$15 general public
Tickets available at the door or in advance at
Anderson’s Step It Up Dance Studio
554 Searls Ave, Nevada City – 209.261.7818

A studio showcase of our amazing students from Nevada county. Our dancers have been traveling the nation competing in award winning competitive dance. Next, they have been invited to compete in the New Jersey World of Dance!
Hope you enjoy our show!

About Step It Up
Anderson’s Step It Up Dance Studio offers classes in lyrical, jazz, tap, tumbling, clogging, comp team & more. There is a class for every age and ability.

General Information
Anderson’s Step It Up Dance Studio has an award-winning competitive dance team which travels all over California. Our team of dancers are represented in most of our area schools, while the local Nevada City studio itself offers classes in a variety of dance styles including lyrical, tumbling, tap, hip hop and clogging. Our dance team competes in nationwide talent events and has already secured top seating in Sacramento, the Bay Area, and we hope to travel to Disneyland in the future. You may have seen our team’s success highlighted in The Union newspaper or at local competitions, events, pageants, and recitals. Auditions for team spots can be arranged by emailing the owner.

Jul
13
Thu
21st Annual California WorldFest @ Nevada County Fairgrounds
Jul 13 all-day

 MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
21st Annual California WorldFest
Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley, CA
July 13-16, 2017!

VIEW 2017 LIST OF PERFORMERS

Holiday Tickets are Limited!
Get tickets early and SAVE up to $65!

PEOPLE SAY ABOUT WORLDFEST:


sm-sheck-3236-400“If you haven’t gone before…. do it this year! Incredibly Fun to your core! The music is amazing!!”


sm-4279-400“I went to Worldfest for the first time this year. I thank this organization and everyone who put it together. To be in a place of such joy, peace, and kind people was a dream to me. Worldfest has opened my eyes to the love and the economic struggle of the world. I will definitely be coming back for many years to come.”


sm-sheck-4189-400“The diversity of music, dance, and activities – there is something for everyone, of every age, to enjoy! I love the Soul Dance Shake workshops. My kids love the art barn and Games on the Green (we all LOVED that there was a reading tent this year!). My husband enjoys the non-music entertainment (e.g., magic shows, films, etc.)”


“Native Peoples Village is where I got to learn about native cultures, the messaging about peace and love from many artists, and the workshops to learn about different worldmusic qualities.”


“The general atmosphere: friendly, safe, people of all ages. This is a place where I would and did take my Mother. You try to pass on many of the same values she tried to pass on to me.”


sm-sheck-3238-400“I brought what I needed and only had to buy ice. I treated myself to dinner at your venders at night and dragged my little body to my campsite every night exhausted and totally euphoric, saturated with thoughts of the day’s performers and music. I’m still high from the experience. I can’t thank you guys enough.”


Photography by Alan Sheckter


www.worldfest.net

Jul
14
Fri
21st Annual California WorldFest @ Nevada County Fairgrounds
Jul 14 all-day

 MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
21st Annual California WorldFest
Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley, CA
July 13-16, 2017!

VIEW 2017 LIST OF PERFORMERS


Holiday Tickets are Limited!
Get tickets early and SAVE up to $65!

PEOPLE SAY ABOUT WORLDFEST:


sm-sheck-3236-400“If you haven’t gone before…. do it this year! Incredibly Fun to your core! The music is amazing!!”


sm-4279-400“I went to Worldfest for the first time this year. I thank this organization and everyone who put it together. To be in a place of such joy, peace, and kind people was a dream to me. Worldfest has opened my eyes to the love and the economic struggle of the world. I will definitely be coming back for many years to come.”


sm-sheck-4189-400“The diversity of music, dance, and activities – there is something for everyone, of every age, to enjoy! I love the Soul Dance Shake workshops. My kids love the art barn and Games on the Green (we all LOVED that there was a reading tent this year!). My husband enjoys the non-music entertainment (e.g., magic shows, films, etc.)”


“Native Peoples Village is where I got to learn about native cultures, the messaging about peace and love from many artists, and the workshops to learn about different worldmusic qualities.”


“The general atmosphere: friendly, safe, people of all ages. This is a place where I would and did take my Mother. You try to pass on many of the same values she tried to pass on to me.”


sm-sheck-3238-400“I brought what I needed and only had to buy ice. I treated myself to dinner at your venders at night and dragged my little body to my campsite every night exhausted and totally euphoric, saturated with thoughts of the day’s performers and music. I’m still high from the experience. I can’t thank you guys enough.”


Photography by Alan Sheckter


www.worldfest.net

Jul
15
Sat
21st Annual California WorldFest @ Nevada County Fairgrounds
Jul 15 all-day

 MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
21st Annual California WorldFest
Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley, CA
July 13-16, 2017!

VIEW 2017 LIST OF PERFORMERS


Holiday Tickets are Limited!
Get tickets early and SAVE up to $65!

PEOPLE SAY ABOUT WORLDFEST:


sm-sheck-3236-400“If you haven’t gone before…. do it this year! Incredibly Fun to your core! The music is amazing!!”


sm-4279-400“I went to Worldfest for the first time this year. I thank this organization and everyone who put it together. To be in a place of such joy, peace, and kind people was a dream to me. Worldfest has opened my eyes to the love and the economic struggle of the world. I will definitely be coming back for many years to come.”


sm-sheck-4189-400“The diversity of music, dance, and activities – there is something for everyone, of every age, to enjoy! I love the Soul Dance Shake workshops. My kids love the art barn and Games on the Green (we all LOVED that there was a reading tent this year!). My husband enjoys the non-music entertainment (e.g., magic shows, films, etc.)”


“Native Peoples Village is where I got to learn about native cultures, the messaging about peace and love from many artists, and the workshops to learn about different worldmusic qualities.”


“The general atmosphere: friendly, safe, people of all ages. This is a place where I would and did take my Mother. You try to pass on many of the same values she tried to pass on to me.”


sm-sheck-3238-400“I brought what I needed and only had to buy ice. I treated myself to dinner at your venders at night and dragged my little body to my campsite every night exhausted and totally euphoric, saturated with thoughts of the day’s performers and music. I’m still high from the experience. I can’t thank you guys enough.”


Photography by Alan Sheckter


www.worldfest.net

Jul
16
Sun
21st Annual California WorldFest @ Nevada County Fairgrounds
Jul 16 all-day

 MARK YOUR CALENDAR!
21st Annual California WorldFest
Nevada County Fairgrounds, Grass Valley, CA
July 13-16, 2017!

VIEW 2017 LIST OF PERFORMERS


Holiday Tickets are Limited!
Get tickets early and SAVE up to $65!

PEOPLE SAY ABOUT WORLDFEST:


sm-sheck-3236-400“If you haven’t gone before…. do it this year! Incredibly Fun to your core! The music is amazing!!”


sm-4279-400“I went to Worldfest for the first time this year. I thank this organization and everyone who put it together. To be in a place of such joy, peace, and kind people was a dream to me. Worldfest has opened my eyes to the love and the economic struggle of the world. I will definitely be coming back for many years to come.”


sm-sheck-4189-400“The diversity of music, dance, and activities – there is something for everyone, of every age, to enjoy! I love the Soul Dance Shake workshops. My kids love the art barn and Games on the Green (we all LOVED that there was a reading tent this year!). My husband enjoys the non-music entertainment (e.g., magic shows, films, etc.)”


“Native Peoples Village is where I got to learn about native cultures, the messaging about peace and love from many artists, and the workshops to learn about different worldmusic qualities.”


“The general atmosphere: friendly, safe, people of all ages. This is a place where I would and did take my Mother. You try to pass on many of the same values she tried to pass on to me.”


sm-sheck-3238-400“I brought what I needed and only had to buy ice. I treated myself to dinner at your venders at night and dragged my little body to my campsite every night exhausted and totally euphoric, saturated with thoughts of the day’s performers and music. I’m still high from the experience. I can’t thank you guys enough.”


Photography by Alan Sheckter


www.worldfest.net

Jul
23
Sun
CFA presents: The Psychedelic Furs with special guest Robyn Hitchcock @ Veterans Memorial Auditorium
Jul 23 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The Psychedelic Furs with special guest Robyn Hitchcock

VETERANS MEMORIAL AUDITORIUM
The Center for the Arts presents
Sunday, July 23, 2017 8:00 PM
Premium – $67
*Premium ticket includes parking and reserved seats in first 10 rows

Tier 2 – $47 member, $57 general public
Tier 3 – $42 member, $52 general public
GA Dance Floor – $37 general public
GA Seating – $32 member, $37 general public
(Ticket price includes $2 facility fee.  Does not include applicable fee for online purchases.)

 General Admission Dance Floor – $37 general public
(Ticket price includes $2 facility fee.  Does not include applicable fee for online purchases.)


Born out of the post-punk UK rock scene, The Psychedelic Furs quickly developed as one of the premiere bands on US College and Modern Rock radio scoring a multitude of #1 singles.  With the advent of MTV in the early 80’s the band took off into the stratosphere, and when John Hughes’ approached the band with his film built around the Furs’ song “Pretty In Pink”, the band’s legacy was cemented.

After a brief hiatus in the 90’s, and a side project called “Love Spit Love”, the band regrouped at the dawn of the new millennium.

The Psychedelic Furs touring lineup remains Richard Butler (vocals), Tim Butler (bass), Rich Good (guitar), Mars Williams (saxophone), Amanda Kramer (keyboards), and Paul Garisto (drums).

If you sit and talk to many of the alternative rock artists dominating today’s music, you’ll find that many of them pay homage to the The Psychedelic Furs. Led by front man and songwriter Richard Butler, the Furs won over fans and critics alike by combining poetic lyrics, innovative rhythms and melodies driven by an aggressive, punk desperation. Through it all, the band scored major hits with “Love My Way,” “Pretty In Pink,” “Heaven,” “The Ghost In You,” and “Heartbreak Beat” in all releasing seven studio albums and spawning several compilations, a boxed set, and a live concert DVD.

The Psychedelic Furs came together in England’s emerging punk scene in 1977 initially consisting of Richard Butler (vocals), Tim Butler (bass guitar), Paul Wilson (drums), Duncan Kilburn (saxophone), and Roger Morris (guitars). By 1979, this line up had expanded to a sextet with Vince Ely replacing Wilson on drums and John Ashton being added on guitar.

The Furs debut, a self-titled album from 1980 was produced by Steve Lillywhite. The LP quickly established the band at radio in Europe and was a top 20 hit in the UK. The album also found success in Germany, Italy, France, Spain, New Zealand and Australia. The US version of the album was resequenced, yet failed to have as strong a commercial impact.

The Furs did find success in the U.S. with their next release, 1981’s Talk Talk Talk, which saw the band making its debut on the US album charts. In New Zealand, meanwhile, the band became immensely popular, as Talk Talk Talk reached the top ten in the charts, the first in a string of Furs’ albums to chart in the New Zealand Top 10.

In the UK, the album spun off two charting singles, “Dumb Waiters” and the original version of “Pretty in Pink”. The latter song served as inspiration for the 1986 John Hughes film of the same name, and was re-recorded for the film’s platinum-selling soundtrack.

In 1982, the Furs, now a four-piece with the departures of Morris and Kilburn, recorded Forever Now, with producer Todd Rundgren in Woodstock, New York. This album included “Love My Way”, which became yet another UK and US chart hit.

Ely left the band after Forever Now, although he would return for the 1988 single “All That Money Wants” and the 1989 album Book of Days.

The Furs’ 1984 release Mirror Moves was produced by Keith Forsey, and featured the songs “The Ghost in You” and “Heaven”. Both charted in throughout the world, and “Heaven” became the band’s highest charting UK hit at the time. Strangely, however, “Heaven” was never released as a single in the U.S. Instead, Columbia Records opted for “Here Come Cowboys”, despite both international success and heavy MTV airplay for “Heaven”. “Here Come Cowboys” failed to chart, but “The Ghost In You” was a hit single on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.

By the mid-80s, the band had become a staple on both U.S. college and modern rock radio stations. Simultaneously, they were experiencing consistent mainstream success, placing several singles in the pop charts on both sides of the Atlantic.

In 1986, the band recorded a sax-infused version of “Pretty in Pink” for the soundtrack of the film of the same name. Butler later claimed that the success of “Pretty in Pink” caused the band to be pressured into entering the recording studio to record a follow-up release before they were ready. The result was Midnight to Midnight, their biggest Top 40 success to date, but also a more overtly commercial effort than the Furs had ever recorded before. The album also featured the single “Heartbreak Beat”, which became the Psychedelic Furs biggest hit yet on the U.S. Top 40. The album also featured drummer Paul Garisto and sax player Mars Williams, both of whom continue to tour with the band.

In the wake of Midnight To Midnight, the Furs found themselves dissatisfied with their new commercial direction, and subsequently returned to a rawer sound with “All That Money Wants”, a 1988 track especially recorded for a best-of compilation album “All Of This And Nothing”. 1989’s Book of Days and 1991’s World Outside also saw a return to the earlier Furs’ style.

The Furs’ steady chart success continued with three #1 hits on the newly-established U.S. Modern Rock chart between 1988 and 1991. “All That Money Wants” was a #1 hit in 1988, while “House” topped the chart in 1990, and “Until She Comes” was #1 in 1991.

The band went on extended hiatus in the early 1990s, with the Butler brothers going on to create the band “Love Spit Love” along with guitarist Richard Fortus and drummer Frank Ferrer. Love Spit Love released two albums and enjoyed some chart success as well.

After spending most of the decade apart, the Butlers and Ashton reignited The Psychedelic Furs in 2000, and released a live album Beautiful Chaos: Greatest Hits Live, which also featured a new studio recording, “Alive (For Once In My Lifetime).” A DVD version of the performance included live versions of “Alive” and three other previously unreleased songs: “Anodyne (Better Days),” “Cigarette” and “Wrong Train.” Since then, lead singer Richard Butler has released an eponymous solo album produced by Jon Carin, and has hinted at the possibility of a new Psychedelic Furs album.

These days, the band continues to tour around the world. The current Psychedelic Furs touring lineup remains Richard Butler (vocals), Tim Butler (bass), Rich Good (guitar), Mars Williams (saxophone), Amanda Kramer (keyboards), and Paul Garisto (drums).

www.thepsychedelicfurs.com


Robyn Hitchcock is one of England’s most enduring contemporary singer/songwriters and live performers. A surrealist poet, talented guitarist, cult artist and musician’s musician, Hitchcock is among alternative rock’s father figures and is the closest thing the genre has to a Bob Dylan (not coincidentally his biggest musical inspiration).

Blending folk and psychedelia with a wry British nihilism, Robyn describes his songs as ‘paintings you can listen to.’ His most recent album The Man Upstairs is a bittersweet love letter to a vanishing world. Produced by legendary folk-rock svengali Joe Boyd (Pink Floyd, Nick Drake) the album was critically acclaimed by MojoUncut and The Quietus.

www.robynhitchcock.com

Aug
3
Thu
CFA presents: Tyler Rich @ Center for the Arts
Aug 3 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Tyler Rich

The Center for the Arts presents

Thursday, August 3, 8:00pm

Dance Concert – Limited Theater Seating

$24 Member, $27 General public
(Ticket price includes $2 facility fee.  Does not include applicable fee for online purchases.)

Tyler Rich is a Country Singer/Songwriter from a small Northern California farming community called Yuba City, and is currently based in Nashville, TN.

He found his love for country music after his cousin took him to see George Strait at the age of 8. From George, to Garth, to Brooks & Dunn, Tyler immersed himself into the music. Three months before his 14th birthday, his Grandparents surprised him with a guitar for Christmas, and he never stopped playing.

After countless hours working on his craft, and spending years on the road touring across the country with multiple bands in his early twenties, Tyler decided it was time to pursue his career as a solo artist.

In the past several months, Tyler has performed along side some of the industries top artists including Sam Hunt, Brett Eldredge, Cole Swindell, Dan + Shay, Jon Pardi, Canaan Smith, Maddie & Tae, and he spent 4 months on the road opening the 2015-16 “Hell of a Night” tour with Dustin Lynch and Chris Lane.

Website: http://www.tylerrichmusic.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TylerRichMusic/
Instagram: @tylerrich
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCUewUsSQsnS8QZRTEYa3-iw

Aug
4
Fri
CFA presents: The Secret Sisters @ Center for the Arts
Aug 4 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The Secret Sisters

The Center for the Arts presents
Friday, August 4, 2017,  8:00pm

$20 members, $24 general public
(Ticket price includes $2 facility fee.  Does not include applicable fee for online purchases.)


About a 20-minute drive is all that separated The Secret Sisters from being born in historic Muscle Shoals, Alabama, though its sheer proximity to their hometown of Happy Valley practically foretold that Laura and Lydia Rogers were destined for lives as recording and performing artists.

Growing up surrounded by the sounds of the South and the powerful timeless music emanating from Muscle Shoals, The Secret Sisters were heavily influenced by a range of uniquely American musical styles, including country, bluegrass and gospel, as well as classic rock and pop.  They were raised on a rich tapestry of music, listening to everything from George Jones and Loretta Lynn, to The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, The Ramones, Fiona Apple and Rufus Wainwright.

Their debut album was soon lauded by critics and adored by their rapidly growing legion of fans. The stage was set for the sisters to advance as artists and further establish themselves as songwriters, which they proved to do on their sophomore album, Put Your Needle Down, an eclectic mix of musical styles and sounds rooted in storytelling. Luckily the duo had a powerhouse producer, T Bone Burnett, to help them on their first two albums. “We became friends with T Bone early on in our career and he was a wonderful guide,” said Lydia. The Secret Sisters are always careful about how they want their music to sound. “I think that recording live is the best way that you can record an album because it really captures a band’s ability to glue themselves to one another and create something beautiful.” She adds, “There is something beautiful and honest about not being perfect.”

For their third studio album, the Secret Sisters worked with long-time friend, mentor, and hero Brandi Carlile. With Brandi as well as Phil and Tim Hanseroth at the helm, the sisters have spent the majority of 2016 recording in Seattle. The final product, You Don’t Own Me Anymore is coming spring 2017 on New West Records.

There is still an aura of mystery that surrounds The Secret Sisters, and they certainly like to keep their fans wondering where they’ll head next on their musical journey.  But with Laura and Lydia, one thing is for certain:  integrity and honesty will guide every note.

http://www.secretsistersband.com

Aug
5
Sat
CFA presents: Warning: These Jokes Will Probably Kill You – An evening with Katie Rubin @ Center for the Arts
Aug 5 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Warning: These Jokes Will Probably Kill You – An evening with Katie Rubin

The Center for the Arts Presents
Saturday, August 5, 8:00pm
$26 member, $30 general public
(Ticket price includes $2 facility fee.  Does not include applicable fee for online purchases.)

Katie Rubin is a nationally touring Stand Up Comic, Solo Show Performer, Regional Theatre Actress, Writing/Improv Coach, and Energetic Healer. She earned her MFA in Acting from UC Davis. and her BA in Theatre and Dance at Amherst College.

Katie has written and toured 3 hour-long Stand Up Comedy Shows to Theaters, Comedy Clubs, Universities, Women’s Events, Spiritual Retreats, Cruises, Corporate Jobs, and a wide variety of venues.

Her first professional; solo show, “Insides OUT!”, toured to venues across the country for 8 years. “Insides OUT!” received a nine week Equity production at the Sacramento Theatre Company. The show has toured to over 100 events and venues.

Ms. Rubin’s second solo show, “Amazing and Sage.” was commissioned by Professional Regional Theatre, Capital Stage in Sacramento. “My Spiritual Death” toured for several years, followed by “Why I Died, a Comedy!” which was produced at The Hudson Theatre in Los Angeles, and was then picked up by The Echo and The LA Women’s Theatre Festival.”Why I Died” has had several regional theatre productions, one of which lead to the commissioning of Ms. Rubin’s 5th solo show, “F*%k Christmas.(But Gently, and With Love),” which ran 2 nights at Capital Stage in Sacramento.

Rubin has performed professionally for more than 15 years and regards her road to recovery from drug and alcohol addiction as part of the reason for her multifaceted creative abilities. “I’ve done so much personal growth work, and have made so many efforts to clear what’s been limiting for me in consciousness, that the creative work I do can only benefit from that,” she says. The aim of her work? To point out daily human struggles and then laugh about them. Recovery doesn’t define her, she says. Rather, her inspiration comes “from being alive and paying attention.”

Aug
18
Fri
CFA presents: Doyle Bramhall II @ Center for the Arts
Aug 18 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Doyle Bramhall II

The Center for the Arts presents
Friday, August 18, 8:00pm
$24 member, $27 general public

Dance show with limited theater seating.

(Ticket price includes $2 facility fee.  Does not include applicable fee for online purchases.)

Doyle Bramhall II is one of the most distinctive vocalists, guitarists, composers and producers in contemporary music. Indeed, none other than Eric Clapton, with whom Bramhall has worked for more than a decade, lauds him as one of the most gifted guitarists he has ever encountered.

As the son of the late Texas music legend Doyle Bramhall, he was raised in a home filled with the blues and rock ’n’ roll styles indigenous to Texas. The elder Bramhall played drums and was also an accomplished songwriter and vocalist, not to mention a lifelong collaborator with childhood friends Stevie Ray and Jimmie Vaughan, who composed such SRV signature tunes as “Change It” and “Life by the Drop.”

But the younger Bramhall—a rare and distinctive guitarist who plays left-handed, but with his instrument strung for a right-hander and flipped backwards–had his own connections with the Vaughan brothers: Early in his career he was befriended and supported by Stevie. When he was 18, Bramhall was recruited by Jimmie to play with the Fabulous Thunderbirds. After Stevie’s tragic death in 1990, Bramhall II and Charlie Sexton formed the Arc Angels with drummer Chris Layton and bassist Tommy Shannon of Stevie Ray’s fabled rhythm section.

The Arc Angels’ self-titled debut album yielded such widely popular songs as “Living in a Dream” and “Sent by Angels” before disbanding. Introducing himself as a solo artist in 1996 with Doyle Bramhall II, he followed with a pair of critically acclaimed albums, Jellycream (1999) and Welcome (2001). It was then that Bramhall’s unparalleled guitar mastery won the attention not only of Clapton but Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters, who showcased him on his 1999, 2000 and 2002 In the Flesh concert tours and companion CD and DVD.

Clapton, meanwhile, came next.  He featured Bramhall songs and guitar as part of his Grammy-winning Riding with the King album with B.B. King, also of 2000. He then recruited him full-time, and they toured together worldwide, thrilling fans with their dramatic guitar interplay and drawing comparisons to past Clapton triumphs such as Derek & the Dominoes. Clapton’s ensuing 2004 albums Me and Mr. Johnson and Sessions for Robert J both showcased stirring Clapton-Bramhall guitar duets recorded in the same Dallas room where Robert Johnson recorded his classic blues songs in 1937. Bramhall’s own songwriting talent was highlighted in Clapton’s Reptile (2001), Back Home (2005) and The Road to Escondido(2006) albums, and he later co-produced Clapton (2010) and Old Sock(2013). In 2013 he again joined Clapton on his 50th anniversary tour and played on his 2014 album The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale.

In addition to his work with Clapton, Bramhall became an in demand composer, guitarist and producer.  He enjoyed high profile collaborations with a broad range of other major artists, including T-Bone Burnett, Elton John, Gary Clark, Jr., Gregg Allman, Dr. John, Robert Randolph, Allen Toussaint, Billy Preston, Erykah Badu, Questlove, Meshell Ndegeocello and Sheryl Crow, whom he produced and composed songs for on 100 Miles from Memphis (2011), and then joined her to support the record on tour. In 2015 he teamed with ace guitarist Derek Trucks (with whom he was proclaimed “The New Guitar Gods” by Guitar World when both served in Clapton’s band in the late 2000s) in the Tedeschi Trucks Band, also starring Trucks’ wife, Susan Tedeschi. Bramhall’s songs and guitar playing have graced each of the three, critically acclaimed Tedeschi Trucks Band albums issued to date.

With all this outside activity, Bramhall hadn’t made a solo album since Welcome. But while honing his skills as a producer, he stockpiled ideas and songs he’d written for himself as well, and when they were selected and sequenced for his fourth solo album, Rich Man,

(scheduled for release on September 30, 2016 via Concord Records), they documented an intensive spiritual and musical journey that took him to the other side of the world in search of new sounds, and an inner peace sought following the death of his father in 2011.

Since 2008, and in the year following his father’s death, Bramhall had extensively explored India and Northern Africa. The influence of these journeys manifest in Rich Man’s inclusion of the North Indian classical bowed string instrument sarangi—played by virtuoso Ustad Surjeet Singh—and the bowl-shaped Arabic oud lute, played by Bramhall’s own oud teacher Yuval Ron, the renowned Israeli composer-player-arranger.

Also appearing on Rich Man is Norah Jones, with whom Bramhall had been performing every six months or so in a concert series. The duet “New Faith” was emblematic of the entire album in its hope that people can look beyond all that divides them and find a new way of thinking that enables peaceful progress through mutual respect and understanding.

Rich Man, then, is a watershed achievement for Bramhall, both in terms of the many music styles in the tracks—which begin and end with his fundamental American blues influences, and in between, follow his global music explorations and arrangements–and the inner examinations resulting in the spiritual growth expressed in the lyrics.

“I read a quote from Charles Mingus,” Bramhall stated upon the completion of Rich Man.“He felt that he was not just playing a style of music so much as expressing the sounds of his life and experiences through the medium of music. I very much relate to that.”

 

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