Luke Redfield + Stephen Simmons



$6 in advance/$8 at the door

6:30pm doors/7pm showtime

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Luke Redfield:

Luke Redfield is a trailblazing indie-folk musician from Minnesota. Born in Duluth like Bob Dylan, Redfield grew up under the influence of his country-western musician grandfather, for whom he wrote his first song, "Legend of Lloyd," at age 15 and thus began his troubadour journey. 

Cutting his teeth on the streets of Minneapolis, Redfield honed his "Ragged-but-right" (A.V. Club) throwback sound under the banner of the storied music scene which has launched the careers of Dylan, Prince, and The Replacements.

Since then, Redfield has released 5 "Soulful folk" (Paste) albums—featuring a crackband of collaborators including members of Bon Iver, Joanna Newsom, and Andrew Bird—while living and traveling across America and Europe.  

A homeless drifter on the West Coast, an avid busker in the Rocky Mountains, a desert hermit in the Southwest, Redfield alchemizes his life on the road into "simply stunning" (Heroes of Indie Music) poetic ballads and "sweetly warm" (City Pages) expressions of love. 

2015 included two releases: UNCOVER THE MAGIC—featuring the touching narrative, "Comeback Kids," a song about a small-town American band with a dream—and THE CARTOGRAPHER, which is "Playful like a young Bruce Springsteen" (Boulder Weekly) "with echoes of homeboys Dylan and Mason Jennings." (Minneapolis Star Tribune) 

Redfield has appeared at festivals such as South By Southwest while playing some 500+ shows (mostly self-booked in true working-class fashion) over the past decade. Sharing the stage with Marissa Nadler, Gregory Alan Isakov, Cory Chisel, and many others, Redfield's live shows are always heartfelt. 

Fellow songwriter Anthony Ruptak on the experience: "Luke Redfield is the only musician who, while watching him perform live, has brought me to tears." Rogue Valley's Chris Koza: "Redfield's music is for the wanderer who finds himself far from the trail, discovering that the light at the end of the tunnel is actually within oneself."

A unique artist and rare breed of storyteller, "Luke Redfield manages to take songs about locations all over the world, as well as people past and present, and make them feel so familiar." (No, The Moon Ain't Romantic)

 

 

 

 

Stephen Simmons:

Stephen Simmons was raised in the small town of Woodbury, Tennessee. His mother was a schoolteacher and his father held a factory job. In his family, they were the first generation that didn’t work the farm. As a songwriter and Ten years as a Road Dog, Stephen’s vision has grown to entail more than just reflections of rural America. The songs on his recordings, deal with existential realities that are familiar to country and city dwellers alike: redemption, heartbreak, hangovers and the loneliness of the road. Stephen’s studio albums: Last Call, Drink Ring Jesus, Something In Between, The Blame’s On U.S., Girls, The Big Show, Hearsay, What The Midnight Swallows Whole and Silly, Sad & True (which were compared to everyone from Johnny Cash to Ryan Adams) combine virtuosic songcraft and musicianship with unparalleled artistic honesty. His work has been covered by Mojo Music, Uncut, and The Washington Post.

Simmons released his debut studio album, Last Call, in 2004. “Lay On The Tracks”, a standout track from Last Call, was a winner at the prestigious MerleFest Chris Austin Songwriting Competition. Last Call was praised by critics on both sides of the Atlantic, picked up and released by Rounder Europe Records; followed by three more Rounder Europe releases and extensive touring in Europe. As a Songwriter with Television credits (Sons of Anarchy) and as a steady road act (over 700 shows in past decade in ten countries) Simmon’s continues to evolve as an artist. His most recent albums have been released by USA indie label Lower 40 Records and in Europe on Germany’s premiere roots label; Blue Rose Records.