Sugarhood Sound is Back!
Brian Thurber is no longer living at Sugarhood Sound, but the new tenants Page and Sara are gracious enough to host a few backyard concerts throughout the summer. Anyone is welcome. Bring a picnic, bring a blanket or camp chairs, bring your kids, bring your dog. Or not.
We’ll be adding dates to the calendar throughout the summer. Check back soon to stay up to date or follow our facebook page for more information.
Lizzy Plotkin and Sophia Chudacoff
April 21st, 2018
For this place-based performance Lizzy Plotkin and Sophia Chudacoff weave together old-time fiddle tunes with original songwriting to access the timelessness of human emotions and unearth the living folklore of Gunnison Valley’s history. With their roots in Nashville and their new musical branches in the Colorado Rockies, Sophia and Lizzy draw upon Americana traditions such as Old-time, Bluegrass, Country, Folk and the Blues to create a feel good experience full of expression!
After landing in Crested Butte, CO in 2016, Sophia received a grant to write songs for the Gunnison Valley community, it’s history, the legacy of miners, women and other inhabitants whose paths brought them to this remote high-elevation home. Interviewing old-timers and imagining the scenes of the 1800’s lead Sophia to compose a series of songs, which she needed Lizzy, Crested Butte fiddler and songwriter, to help to complete. The result was “Folk Songs of the Valley” – performed twice in Crested Butte for the community and recorded live in 2018. This project has launched the ladies onto journey to fuse the historic perspectives with their own stories as present-day valley-dwellers. The beauty of the West Elk Mountains is the biggest inspiration for their music, with tunes that speak to the sage-brush hills, snowy peaks and the real, everyday mountain-town living. Letting harmony ring with body percussion, exuberant fiddling, and fingerpicking guitar, this music walks the line between tradition and unique composition.
Sarah Anne DeGraw & The Odd Jobs with Josaleigh Pollett
May 19th, 2018
You don’t expect what you get when Sarah Anne DeGraw takes the stage for a set. She defies standards of industry that allure most artists to genre specific whirlpools today, and some stutter to answer the question of what to tie her to. The songs are powerful and her voice with soulful grit and a dark charisma, tells tales of struggle, passion, and a deep yearning for the road.
Like The Family Von Trapp, Sarah was born into a traveling band. By age five she was singing in five-part harmony with her siblings and mother touring across the country. At age seven she would receive her first instrument: the Cello, and with it came the only formal training she would experience in her musical life to date. Piano came naturally as there were always keys in the home growing up. In 2010 she met the strings of a guitar and is quoted as saying, “It was like the lock in the strings had found the key in my fingers.”
From 2012 to 2015 she put her solo project on the back burner and participated in a number of projects including studio work where she wrote and recorded vocal harmonies for several albums produced out of Salt Lake City, UT. She performed on a television series that was happened upon by a talent manager from “The Voice” who later contacted her to audition for the show. In the spring of 2015 she was asked to play the drums and sing with SLC band, Crook & the Bluff whom she toured and performed with until the fall of 2016.
The Barefoot Movement
June 22nd, 2018
Heartfelt, energetic, and down home. Heralded by CMT Edge as “one of the most promising bands on the bluegrass scene,” the music of the Nashville based group The Barefoot Movement is as down to earth as their intention for members of their audience: sit back, relax, take your shoes off, and stay a while. All the worries and frustrations of the world melt away as this charming, acoustic band takes listeners back to a simpler place and time. Whether you’re seeking emotional ballads or rip-roaring barn-burners, you can expect a collection of music that offers something for everyone. With two full length albums, an EP of traditional music, several cross-country tours, and appearances at some of the top bluegrass festivals in the United States already under their belt, the possibilities for this act are endless. The group has enjoyed almost non-stop touring including a trip to Burkina Faso, Africa where they were guests of the American Embassy, and in September of 2014, they received a Momentum Award, naming them “Band of the Year” by the International Bluegrass Music Association.
The Hollering Pines
June 30th, 2018
Sisters Marie Bradshaw (guitar) and Kiki Jane Sieger (bass) knit their voices in the long tradition of harmonizing sisters, with instrumental backing befitting the house band at the Cosmic American Barroom—Dylan Schorer on guitars and M. Horton Smith on mandolin and guitar, Daniel Young on drums, and help from guests Ryan Tanner (piano) and Billy Contreras (fiddle). The band unfolds their sonic map on this record, with nudges from Hi Records-style horns and a new set of textures. Mansions of Heartbreak confirms the Hollering Pines’ place as a high desert rock & roll outfit committed to tracing the outer contours of Americana. They make a fine picture in the process.
Joshua James with Marcus Bently
July 21st, 2018
Joshua James is an American singer-songwriter currently based out of American Fork, Utah and Lincoln, Nebraska.
His original digital release of The Sun is Always Brighter on iTunes reached #1 on the service’s Folk Album list in 2007 and sold in excess of 25,000 copies by the end of 2008.[dubious – discuss] The album caught the attention of the indie folk scene, with Paste Magazine naming him one of their “Next 25 Artists You Need To Know” in their September 2008 issue. He subsequently supported John Mayer, David Gray, Ani DiFranco, Third Eye Blind, and Brett Dennen on North American tours.
NPR has also cited James in one of their “Song of the Day” publishings. They featured his “The New Love Song” as one of the best new songs from a previously unknown artist in a long time.[not in citation given]
James recorded his second album, entitled Build Me This, in 2009. It was released in September 2009 on Intelligent Noise/Northplatte Records. Paste Magazine dubbed the new work “phenomenal.”[not in citation given] iTunes also dubbed Build Me This one of the “Best of 2009” Indie Spotlight Singer/Songwriter albums. The song “Coal War” is featured in the opening scene in the first episode of Season 4 of Sons of Anarchy.
Variety called James “a young Midwestern singer-songwriter who writes hard-bitten songs of family tragedies and sings them in a voice that’s as sun-bleached and wind-battered as a Nebraska cornfield.”
Joshua founded Utah based record label “Northplatte Records” with co-founder/friend McKay Stevens in 2006. He also owns “Willamette MTN Farms & Studio” and produces/records WRECKORDS for other artists/bands.
August 3rd, 2018
Described by SF Weekly as a “collision of Django Reinhardt and David Grisman,” Taarka is the new acoustic “supergroup” (Flagstaff Live) “presenting masterfully deep americana and gypsyjazz string band music!” Led by the husband-and-wife team of David Pelta-Tiller (mandolin, tenor guitar, vocals) and Enion Pelta-Tiller (five-string violin, vocals) Taarka fills out its unique sound with award-winning bassist Troy Robey and prodigious young guitarist Mike Robinson, Taarka is bringing their otherworldly, energetic music to venues across the US, Canada, Europe and Mexico.
Scott Nygaard and Joe K. Walsh
October 5th, 2018
Scott Nygaard is one of the most inventive and original guitarists in the bluegrass/acoustic music scene. His solos, a seamless amalgam of bluegrass, folk, and jazz influences, shift easily from breathtaking virtuosity to soulful melodic musings and his accompaniment is always intriguing, supportive, and propulsive. Initially influenced by Doc Watson, Clarence White, and Django Reinhardt and Riley Puckett, Scott spentmany years wandering the sea of American music that includes bluegrass, jazz, Cajun, old-time, western swing and rock and roll, and has since expanded his musical world to include traditional Swedish and Irish music.
Roots music isn’t made in a vacuum. It’s the creation of a community, of a circle of friends, of a teacher and a student. It’s something to be passed back and forth to be treasured. As an acclaimed master of American roots music, mandolinist and songwriter Joe K. Walsh knows this better than most. He’s toured with countless artists, collaborated with other master musicians like Darol anger and the Gibson Brothers, founded progressive stringband Joy Kills sorrow in the early 2000s, and is currently on faculty at the prestigious Berklee College of Music. His new album, Borderland, is an exercise in subtlety and careful creation. Turning through songs he wrote, or setting the words of Yeats to music, and picking out instrumental tunes of his own creation, Walsh plays and sings with the kind of ease that comes from years of practice and creation.
There is no cost for admission to these performances. We do ask a $15 suggested donation. Please come even if you can’t afford to donate!