The first 15 ticket buyers will receive a copy of Lena Rich's new album.
Credited with having, “a gift at capturing picturesque lyrics, an ability of distilling something complicated into something accessible to everyone,” (Meeko Israel, radio host WOBC), rising singer-songwriter, Lena Rich, returns to One Longfellow Square on January 13th to celebrate the release of her debut full- length album. Rich produces upbeat rhythms and delivers poetic, emotionally charged lyrics with a truth echoed by her strong voice and acoustic guitar which she displayed in her opening set for Antje Duvekot at One Longfellow Square last spring.
She returned to OLS as a featured artist for Block The Wind Festival this past August. Although Rich has been creating music since an early age, she fell in love with writing and performing her own songs when she got her start playing frequent shows at the Sugarloaf Mt. apres-ski bar, The Rack. Since then, Lena Rich has appeared at music venues and festivals around Maine including the Maine Acoustic Festival, where she worked closely with critically acclaimed songwriter, Anais Mitchell, to hone her skills. Fluent in a variety of genres (jazz, bluegrass and rock), Rich’s original music features these influences, although at the core of her inspiration are songwriters she grew up admiring, such as Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan.
As a music major at Oberlin College and Conservatory, she continues to work on her craft alongside world class musicians. Lena Rich Recorded her debut EP, “Slow Motion” in 2015 at The Studio in Portland, ME. Her new full length album was produced by Paul Thibeault with the support and talent of Hallowell-based musicians, Steve Jones and Bob Colwell of the Boneheads. Rich explains, “I love the feeling of playing my songs for an audience - I never know when or why a particular arrangement of chords and lyrics resonates with someone, but when it does, I feel the connection and that feeling is what keeps me writing and playing music.”
Formed in 2015 in the Connecticut River Valley, Plywood Cowboy is poised to rewrite the American Songbook. "With great harmonies, clever songs and tasty guitar pickin', Plywood Cowboy is one of the best new bands on the Americana scene." (Chris Bergson, NY Blues Hall of Fame Inductee). Their heart-born songs interweave the rich heritage of earthy, country roots with the sentimental poignancy of singer-songwriter traditions. Bottle-fed on roots music, multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter Steve Dedman and his band strike deep at the soul of American music with songs about hound dogs, heart strings, and the vice of the bottle.
Plywood Cowboy's newest digital single, Stray, was recorded at Riverway Studio in East Haddam, CT with producer and Grammy-nominated composer Ira Sakolsky. The first release since their 2016 debut EP "Channel 33", Stray tells the story of a love led astray and the guilt and forgiveness that ensues. The haunting violin, ethereal male-female harmonies, and delicate, soulful guitars lend a contemplative tone to the tale of regret and redemption. The character-driven song is in keeping with "Channel 33" which paints a story with each song in the EP. "Channel 33" has been called "a gorgeously assured collection of songs" (The Shoreline Times), "a seriously hooky debut EP" (The Day), and "steeped in tradition, with lyrics full of longing, truth and heart" (Sound Waves Magazine).
On the heels of a hugely successful EP release concert at The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center (The Kate), Plywood Cowboy is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after bands from Connecticut. They've taken the stage at venues such as The Kate, Bridge Street Live, Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts Center, Black Eyed Sally’s, Meriden Daffodil Festival, Portland Music Festival, The Day's Live Lunch Break, Lyric Hall, Middletown Music Festival, Glastonbury Apple Harvest Festival, and a performance alongside U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins at the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival. Taking his songs on the road, Dedman has performed at The Falcon Underground (NY), Puckett’s (TN), The Acoustic Coffeehouse (TN), Floyd Country Store (VA), Monadnock Pumpkin Festival (NH), and has been a finalist at Infinity Hall’s Big Stage Open Mic Competition.
The band's lineup features Austin Gray (guitar, vocals), Ed Iarusso (pedal steel), Jason Apostoleris (percussion), Kat Wallace (violin, vocals), Shane Tanner (bass), and Steve Dedman (keyboard, guitar, lead vocals). Cowboys of the airwaves, the band has yet to wrangle a herd. Steve learned to play guitar from his father, David, and family friend John Hanus. Few knew John by his real name, but many knew him by his CB handle, “Plywood Cowboy”, a reference to his job hauling lumber around the Northeast. Weekdays the men would pick guitars and sing their favorite country songs over their CB radios, meeting on Sundays to teach Steve how to pick in country-western style. From Kris Kristopherson to Lefty Frizzell, David and “Plywood” taught a young Steve true American music. Though both CB'ers have left the airwaves, it is through the band's music that their influences will forever be heard.
7pm doors – 8pm show | $10 adv. – $12 day of