Rain City Tales & Tunes: Coyote Grace, Greg Brisendine
Rain City Tales & Tunes is a brand-new radio show which brings the Northwest's best storytellers and musicians together onstage. Taped in front of a live audience at Empty Sea, the show features acoustic music and tale-telling. Each episode features a unique theme, and audience members are invited to volunteer for the storytelling spotlight.
Produced jointly by Empty Sea Studios and KBCS storyteller Auntmama (Mary Anne Moorman), Rain City will be available to public radio stations this fall.
For our February 2nd show, we welcome storyteller and Bitter Single Guy Greg Brisendine back to our stage after his amazing debut performance. Acoustic roots stars Coyote Grace will provide the musical threads to weave our stories together.
Girl meets Girl. Girl becomes Boy.
Girl and Boy become a band.
Meet COYOTE GRACE.
If you want a lesson in organic chemistry, take notes as you watch the sparks fly between the acoustic downhome duo, COYOTE GRACE. This folktastic phenomenon is the result of combining one guitarist Joe Stevens, a transman from Northern California, with one upright bassist Ingrid Elizabeth, a sassy femme originally hailing from the hills of Southeastern Ohio. Together, they have captured the eyes and the hearts of live audiences nationwide with their bluesy folkroots sound, sweet harmonies, and poignant songwriting. The duo's path over the past few years has taken them from traveling the coffeeshop circuit in their RV to multiple tours with the Indigo Girls, Melissa Ferrick, and Girlyman.
Joe Stevens, who has been writing songs since the age of fifteen, comes from a lineage of studio singers and choral conductors, as well as old time rock & rollers. He received a Bachelor of Music from CornishCollege of the Arts in 2004 with a focus on composition, while also composing music for modern dance & avant-garde theater. Also heavily influenced by choral performance, Ingrid Elizabeth was steeped in the world of musical theater, which armed her with a signature sound of brassy soul. Since relocating to the west coast, Ingrid has been involved with various musical ensembles, from bluegrass to psychedelic rock to choral groups, as well as burlesque, spoken word, and cabaret productions.
Greg Brisendine is a writer and performance poet based in Seattle. Greg has performed on stages across the Pacific Northwest and is the author of two chapbooks: One Lap Around and A Cautionary Tale.
Greg's work will make you better at parallel parking. It will make you appreciate yogurt more the fruit on the bottom kind. His work is always fat free and carb-free with only a small hint of cheese. When not writing, Greg is dispensing relationship advice through his alter ego: The Bitter Single Guy.
Named Auntmama by a nephew of choice, Mary Anne Moorman gathers audiences up in her blend of music, and storied southern lore. Her voice is a view of the Blue Ridge Mountains at dusk, rolling and misted sweet. These stories are conversations with memory as well as with the audience that's enjoying them.
"I'd be a singer if I could sing, but I like music too much to mess it up," she says. Her Appalachian roots are intertwined with the music she grew up with, many of her stories reflecting that harmonic heritage through influences from Gershwin, Cole Porter, Flatt & Scruggs, and Porter Wagoner.
The Stranger has written of Auntmama's tales: "As a precious, southern belle, she's conflicted and her extremes and voice boil out the sweetest words I think I've ever heard in my life. A real gem, she is. Glad I saw it, haven't stopped hearing her lilting voice in my head."
Moorman, a former machinist, management consultant and journalist, teaches storytelling at Washington State's famous Wintergrass festival, Northwest Folklife Festival, Hugo House's Write-O-Rama, as well as offering workshops throughout the country. She is the recipient of grants from Artist Trust, 4Cultural and the City of Seattle. Her three albums are available through her website, in local bookstores or through iTunes. She can be heard every Sunday morning on KBCS 91.3 FM.
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