Simon Balto & Count This Penny -- Live at Leo & Leona's -- Friday, July 20
Alt-folk singer-songwriter Simon Balto (Driftless-born, Indianapolis-living) and Americana singer-songwriter duo Count This Penny (of Knoxville, Tennessee) bring their summer tour to the heart of the Driftless for an evening of songs and stories. The last time these two acts gathered together for a show at Leo & Leona's it sold out, so get your tickets now!
Leo & Leona's
Friday, July 20, 2018
7:30 PM (doors at 6:30)
About Simon Balto:
"Vivid folk lyricism...austerely beautiful guitar work and vocals."
-ISTHMUS (MADISON, WI)
Most people mention the voice first. It comes from deep within. Sounds like it means what it says. Then come the lyrics and the stories -- ones about workers and lovers, mothers and sons, the dying and mourning, the prideful and the abused. Ones about the Midwest and the beauty and difficulty that characterizes life around here. There is a humanity in the songs that recalls the work of some of the folk tradition's finest architects.
The songs linger. Exhale. Persist.
Simon Balto's work has garnered praise from critics both local, regional, national, and international. The Irish music publication Deadly Music! has compared his songwriting to top-of-his-game, Blood on the Tracks-era Dylan. The Chicago-based music curator Music Means Family said the following: An unbelievable talent, his layered folk ballads are reminiscent of Baez and Dylan, Guthrie and Prine. There is a deeply satisfying componentto each of his songs a reminder of home, woodsmoke, and the first traces of your breath as winter begins to settle.
He has been featured on Wisconsin Public Television, Wisconsin Public Radio, Big Top Chautauqua's Tent Show Radio, Daytrotter, and has supported and shared stages with a wide range of artists in recent years, from Jason Isbell to Johnnyswim, Field Report to Anderson East, Peter Mulvey to Communist Daughter, Charlie Parr to
Horseshoes & Hand Grenades.
His most recent release is 2016's Murmurations, a full-band record that features Shane Leonard (Kalispell, Field Report), Ben Lester (S. Carey, The Tallest Man on Earth, Aero Flynn), Steven Hobert, Kevin Rowe (Buffalo Gospel), and Amanda Rigell (Count This Penny).
About Count This Penny:
"Graceful country-pop with gorgeous vocals and Appalachian roots."
Count This Penny is a singer-songwriter duo born in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. They've shared the stage with the likes of Melissa Etheridge, Kacey Musgraves, The Head & the Heart, Shovels & Rope, The Lone Bellow, and Sarah Jarosz.
A Losing Match, the third full-length recording from Count This Penny, was released on April 6, 2018. It is the bands first full-length effort since their 2012 release, Pitchman. The album contains 11 new compositions as well as a reimagining of the classic Tennessee Waltz.
Recorded live at Wild Chorus Studios in Knoxville, the album was engineered and mixed by Scott Minor (Sparklehorse) and features Josh Oliver (the everybodyfields), Elena Moon Park (Dan Zanes Band), Matt Nelson (Cereus Bright), Garrit Tillman, and Jessica Watson (Red Shoes & Rosin).
Leo & Leona's (View)
Bangor, WI 54614
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