One night only!
Celebrate the change of seasons with a special Songwriters-in-the-Round event featuring Matt Townsend, Hannah Kaminer, Nate Spencer, and Brian Claflin. Four of Asheville’s best singer-songwriters join forces for one night only:
Friday, September 18, at 8 PM ($5 in advance, $6 at the door)
A rich range of Americana styles will be represented, from roots-rock, soul, and blues, to Appalachian bluegrass and old-timey influences. “In anticipation of the equinox and harvesting, we’ll explore themes of the seasons, the elements, and growth,” says Claflin, “as well as celebrating the region with songs about Black Mountain and, of course, our own ‘Cesspool of Sin,’ Asheville.”
“Cesspool of Sin” is the title of Brian Claflin’s Asheville anthem and the indie EP which will be released at the show in hard copy, and digitally via Claflin’s website (brianclaflin.com). Claflin has written and published with Adam Duritz and Nanci Griffith, and has performed at the Greenwich Village Folk Festival in NYC and Nashville’s Bluebird Café, among many others. “A real treasure… Classic in all the best ways!” (Kieran Kane, Dead Reckoners). “Sound(s) like bluegrass star Ralph Stanley!” (Boston Herald).
Nate Spencer (reverbnation.com/natespencer) will share songs from his forthcoming debut album, All the Honey Sweet. Spencer is an accomplished songwriter/producer/multi-instrumentalist who has toured nationally with songwriter Putnam Smith; together, they comprise two thirds of the supergroup The Swamp Brothers, whose forthcoming release will be The Tennessee Sessions.
A finalist in the 2013 Brown Bag Songwriting Competition, Matt Townsend and the Wonder of the World quickly earned Townsend (matttownsendmusic.com) much acclaim: “Mesmerizing. This is one album I can’t stop listening to!” (Nashville Music Guide). “Captivating, mysterious and thought-provoking.” (Examiner.com).
Winner of both the Grand Prize and the Audience Favorite award in the 2013 Brown Bag Songwriting Competition, Hannah Kaminer (hannahkaminer.com) used her winnings to record her debut album, Acre By Acre, at Echo Mountain Studios, with Claflin and Spencer playing, singing, and co-producing. Recently, Hannah was commissioned to write and record “Come Alive” for a residency at Indianapolis’s Harrison Center for the Arts.