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me & thee coffeehouse
Marblehead, MA
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Ellis Paul with special guest Jim Trick
"Despite his success and sense of history, Mr. Paul remains an artist with his eye on the future and an interest in discovering the transformative potential in his music." - The New York Times

Some artists document their lives through their music. Others chronicle their times. Its a rare artist who can do both, telling their own story through songs that also encapsulate the essence of people and places who have helped define their era overall. Woody Guthrie comes to mind, and so does Bob Dylan. Bruce Springsteen certainly as well. Yet few others, for whatever genius they may possess, can relate their own history to the history experienced by those who find that common bond, be it in a coming of age, living through the same realities or sharing similar experiences.

Ellis Paul is one of those gifted singer/songwriters.Though some may refer to him as a folksinger, he is more, for lack of a better word, a singular storyteller, a musician whose words reach out from inside and yet also express the feelings, thoughts and sensibilities that most people can relate to in one way or another, regardless of age or upbringing. The exhilaration of the open road. A celebration of heroes. The hope for redemption. Descriptions of those things that are both near and dear. The sharing of love..., intimate, passionate and enduring.

These are the scenarios that emerge from Ellis Pauls new album, Chasing Beauty, a set of songs which detail, in typical Paul fashion, stories of people and places that reflect larger truths about us all. Kick Out the Lights (Johnny Cash) pays tribute to that fearless American icon name-checked in its title. Plastic Soldier offers homage to a wounded soldier returning from Afghanistan. A real-life barnstorming pilot takes the spotlight in Jimmie Angels Flying Circus, while iconic Boston blue collar musician Dennis Brennan takes the focus in Waiting on a Break. Even the Empire State Building and the Boston Red Sox get their due, via Empire State and UK Girl (Boston Calling), respectively.

"Despite his success and sense of history, Mr. Paul remains an artist with his eye on the future and an interest in discovering the transformative potential in his music." - The New York Times

Some artists document their lives through their music. Others chronicle their times. Its a rare artist who can do both, telling their own story through songs that also encapsulate the essence of people and places who have helped define their era overall. Woody Guthrie comes to mind, and so does Bob Dylan. Bruce Springsteen certainly as well. Yet few others, for whatever genius they may possess, can relate their own history to the history experienced by those who find that common bond, be it in a coming of age, living through the same realities or sharing similar experiences.

Ellis Paul is one of those gifted singer/songwriters.Though some may refer to him as a folksinger, he is more, for lack of a better word, a singular storyteller, a musician whose words reach out from inside and yet also express the feelings, thoughts and sensibilities that most people can relate to in one way or another, regardless of age or upbringing. The exhilaration of the open road. A celebration of heroes. The hope for redemption. Descriptions of those things that are both near and dear. The sharing of love..., intimate, passionate and enduring.

These are the scenarios that emerge from Ellis Pauls new album, Chasing Beauty, a set of songs which detail, in typical Paul fashion, stories of people and places that reflect larger truths about us all. Kick Out the Lights (Johnny Cash) pays tribute to that fearless American icon name-checked in its title. Plastic Soldier offers homage to a wounded soldier returning from Afghanistan. A real-life barnstorming pilot takes the spotlight in Jimmie Angels Flying Circus, while iconic Boston blue collar musician Dennis Brennan takes the focus in Waiting on a Break. Even the Empire State Building and the Boston Red Sox get their due, via Empire State and UK Girl (Boston Calling), respectively.

"Despite his success and sense of history, Mr. Paul remains an artist with his eye on the future and an interest in discovering the transformative potential in his music." - The New York Times

Some artists document their lives through their music. Others chronicle their times. Its a rare artist who can do both, telling their own story through songs that also encapsulate the essence of people and places who have helped define their era overall. Woody Guthrie comes to mind, and so does Bob Dylan. Bruce Springsteen certainly as well. Yet few others, for whatever genius they may possess, can relate their own history to the history experienced by those who find that common bond, be it in a coming of age, living through the same realities or sharing similar experiences.

Ellis Paul is one of those gifted singer/songwriters.Though some may refer to him as a folksinger, he is more, for lack of a better word, a singular storyteller, a musician whose words reach out from inside and yet also express the feelings, thoughts and sensibilities that most people can relate to in one way or another, regardless of age or upbringing. The exhilaration of the open road. A celebration of heroes. The hope for redemption. Descriptions of those things that are both near and dear. The sharing of love..., intimate, passionate and enduring.

These are the scenarios that emerge from Ellis Pauls new album, Chasing Beauty, a set of songs which detail, in typical Paul fashion, stories of people and places that reflect larger truths about us all. Kick Out the Lights (Johnny Cash) pays tribute to that fearless American icon name-checked in its title. Plastic Soldier offers homage to a wounded soldier returning from Afghanistan. A real-life barnstorming pilot takes the spotlight in Jimmie Angels Flying Circus, while iconic Boston blue collar musician Dennis Brennan takes the focus in Waiting on a Break. Even the Empire State Building and the Boston Red Sox get their due, via Empire State and UK Girl (Boston Calling), respectively.

The major tipping point in his career came with the opportunity to open for Bill Morrissey, one of New Englands most prominent folk artists. Paul would repeatedly ask Morrissey about his own influences and seek his advice on who he ought to listen to. You know, thats a very smart thing to do, Morrissey muses. It helped set him apart. A lot of young singers I meet are not curious about what went on before; they just say, I want to sing another song about my life. Paul has a sense of roots, of connectedness to the whole history of folk music; he sees the thread that runs through all the generations of this music.

It was mutual admiration that caused Paul to ask Morrissey to produce his first full album, 1993s Say Something. It was released on Black Wolf Records, the label he founded with Ralph Jaccodine, the man who would become his manager. Ralph was fulfilling a dream to get into the music business, Paul recalls. Starting with a folk singer isnt a rocket launch, but we got off the ground. We started a label and began a lifelong, DIY partnership and have been in the trenches for over 20 years.

Paul also became infatuated with the music of Woody Guthrie, drawn to Woodys social consciousness and the humanitarian streak that ran through his work. He even had a tattoo of Guthrie imprinted on his right shoulder, referring to it as a badge of who he was. His commitment to Guthries legacy eventually led to his inclusion in a ten day celebration of Woodys work held at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in September 1996, an event that included such notables as Bruce Springsteen, Billy Bragg, the Indigo Girls and Ani DiFranco and which was presided over by Guthries daughter Nora. Later, when Guthries hometown of Okemah, Oklahoma hosted the first Woody Guthrie Folk Festival in July, 1998, Paul was tapped as one of the headliners. He has since made this an annual part of his touring schedule, garnering the honor of being named an honorary citizen of Okemah in the process. The connection with Guthrie continued into the new millennium when Nora Guthrie invited him to put music to a set of her fathers lyrics. He later participated in the Ribbon of Highway tour, a communal salute featuring such luminaries as Arlo Guthrie, Marty Stuart, Ramblin Jack Ellott, Nanci Griffith, Guy Clark and Janis Ian, among others.

Theres likely no greater evidence of how Guthries insights and humanity have rubbed off on Paul than in this particularly telling tribute from Nora Guthrie. "A singer songwriter is only as good as the times he reflects,she said in praising Paul. In times like these, when so many nuts are running the show, it's comforting to know that Ellis Paul is actually holding our sanity on his own stage! Wise, tender, brilliant and biting, Ellis is one of our best human compasses, marking in melodies and poems where we've been and where we might go if we so choose to. Personally Ellis, I'm goin' where you're goin'!"

JIM TRICK
Imagine an experience where an entire audience feels like they are connected to a conversation; whether thru his music or his words, Jim brings a real life perspective, with an engaging and entertaining presence to the room. Joyful, sincere and magnetic are just a few of the words to describe Jim Trick.

His gentle and authentic stage presence combined with awesome songwriting make for a delightful show.  No Depression Magazine

As a child, he was bullied for choosing music over sports, for having a funny last name and for struggling with obesity. Through his experiences he delivers a blend of alternative folk, thoughtful pop, and spoken word.   Influenced by Neil Finn, Bruce Cockburn, John Gorka and Charles Bukowski; Trick takes the acoustic guitar down a path of percussive, intricate, and ethereal ranges creating well thought out melodic support for carefully crafted lyrics.

Boston has welcomed Jim with open arms, as a frequent guest lecturer at The Berklee College of Music and as a solo artist.   Jim performs rgularly at iconic venues such as Club Passim, Godfrey Daniels, Cafe Lena, The Me&Thee Coffeehouse, Berklees Cafe 939 and the New Moon Coffeehouse, just to name a few. He has shared the stage with Ellis Paul, Brooks Williams, Susan Werner, Martyn Joseph and Christopher Williams, Antje Duvekot, Joe Crookston and Vance Gilbert.

One of the brightest songwriters and storytellers coming out of the north east these days is a man named Jim Trick. With the ability to draw an audience into his world, Jim is a brilliant communicator who is definitely worth the effort to go see.  Grandfather Rock from WCWP 88.1 FM Brooklyn

Everything you need, co-written with Christopher Williams, was recently released on Christophers album The City Makes the Man. Trick and Rachel Taylor co-wrote, You Might Be Surprised, a song released on the album Heartbreak is for Everyone, which was produced by Peter Hayes of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.

His most recent release, Further From the Tree, produced by Michael Pritzl of The Violet Burning, was fully funded by his loyal fan base during a four week Trick-Starter campaign.  The album features the song A road called home co-written with Nashvilles Rachel Taylor. It depicts a recent trip in which Jim and his wife Alison, traveled 10,500 miles all over the United States, not knowing from night to night where they would sleep.

We needed an epic adventure. In many ways, the song and trip were a line we drew in the sand in terms of how we want to live our lives going forward. In some crazy way, this album is propelling us into a truer version of life, steeped in freedom and satisfying a wild curiosity.  Jim Trick

As a touring member of Banding People Together, Jim also travels all over the United States using music and behavioral science to help companies create collaborative strategies and improve leadership.

Jim was featured along side American Idols Alex Preston, by Berklee College of Music for a performance entitled An Evening With New Englands top songwriters.

Location

me & thee coffeehouse (View)
28 Mugford St
Marblehead, MA 01945
United States


Categories

Music > All Ages
Music > Folk
Music > Singer/Songwriter

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!

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