Lamplighter- PETER MULVEY/BEN BENFORD/JOSEPH HUBER/LOST LAKES December 14 2016
The Lamplighter Sessions is Peter Mulvey's dogged attempt to set up, year after year, lightning rods in a field, to coax these offstage moments into being onstage. It's Mulvey's favorite thing he does all year. The Lamplighter sessions is a chance for him to give back to all the great musicians he has met, and all the great audiences he has been lucky enough to assemble.
For the past 20 years, Peter Mulvey has pursued a restless, eclectic path as a writer and musician immersing himself in Tin PanAlley jazz, modern acoustic, poetry, narrative, and Americana stylings. Relentlessly touring as a headliner, his attitude is, "When you love what you do, you can work all the time."
In every aspect of his career, Mulvey draws on an extremely broad swath of influence; he is always reading, listening, and eager to hear new poetry, modern minimalist composers, old-time fiddle tunes, Argentinean trip-hop, or top-shelf bar bands. Said The Irish Times: "Peter Mulvey is consistently the most original and dynamic of the US singer-songwriters to tour these shores. A phenomenal performer with huge energy, a quick fire, quirky take on life, and an extraordinary guitar style. A joy to see."
Still, it is the live performance that defines that work. Night after night, Mulvey attempts to be the sum of his parts, to draw on all the musical legacies he has studied, to make a fresh, vital moment out of everything he and the audience have brought to the table that night. "People need this. I need this. To come together in a room, to try to make music come alive, for real, for right now, and then to let it go that is the whole deal for me."
BEN BEDFORD delivers intriguing sketches of America, its individuals, their victories and their struggles. With three albums to his credit, Bedford's songs tackle scenarios including homelessness, the plight of a Confederate soldier's wife during the American Civil War, the aerial triumphs of Amelia Earhart, the life of Jack London, the murder of Emmett Till in 1955, John the Baptist, the poet Vachel Lindsay and even the 1973 standoff between members of The American Indian Movement and federal agents on the Pine Ridge Reservation. Often drawing upon history, Bedford's songs have a strong sense of time and place. The songs are rich in sensory detail which allows the listener to hear, see and feel each narrative.
A true son of the heartland, Bedford dips into the deep inkwell of classic American literature and writes with the 'old soul' quality of his literary idols, such as John Steinbeck and Toni Morrison. All three of Bedford's albums have charted highly on the Euro Americana charts and the Folk-DJ charts with What We Lost also charting highly on the Roots Music Report charts. In July of 2010, Bedford was named one of the "50 most significant Folk singer-songwriters of the past 50 years" by Rich Warren of WFMT-Chicago.
Bedford recently finished work on his fourth album, The Pilot and the Flying Machine, which features Diederik van Wassenaer (The Underhills, Dietrich Jon) on violin, Ethan Jodziewicz (Sierra Hull, Darol Anger) on double bass, Kari Bedford on harmonies and was engineered by Dave Sinko (Punch Brothers, YoYo Ma, Edger Meyer).
"The Illinois songwriter is a masterful storyteller who can turn what seem like obscure historical references for engaging tales rife with vivid, stark imagery." Erik Ernst, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Singer/Songwriter/Multi-Instrumentalist Joseph Huber was a founding member of, and also had spent 6 years of playing banjo and heavy touring with the Milwaukee, WI based "streetgrass" group, the .357 String Band--a group that, despite its abrupt break-up, still continues to gain popularity, is known as one of the most influential groups in the recent insurgent underground country and bluegrass movements. Having moved from .357, Huber has honed his songwriting abilities immensely and now continues moving onward and upward captivating folks with his sincere and well-crafted songs under his own name and with his backing band. Whether it's irresistible, fiddle-driven, danceable tunes or honest, heart-wrenching "songwriter" songs, Huber spans the spectrum and knows how to evoke joy or pain with the likes of the best.
His lyricism and introspective writing style has received high acclaim from many Americana enthusiasts looking for a more substantive substitute to much of today's modern country. Maintaining a solid touring schedule, playing all throughout both the U.S. and all around Europe, he has steadily gained ground and gotten much positive press, and has shown himself a sincere and influential member of the growing roots movement. Huber released his 3rd solo album entitled 'The Hanging Road' under Nashville's 'Muddy Roots Recordings' label in Spring 2014, following his self-released previous efforts, 'Bury Me Where I Fall' and 'Tongues of Fire', and has plans for yet another early 2017 release.
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Fort Atkinson, WI 53538
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