Caitlin Rose

Caitlin Rose

Andrew Combs, Michael Rank and Stag

Thu, March 28, 2013

Doors: 8:30 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Local 506

Chapel Hill, NC

$10.00

This event is all ages

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Caitlin Rose
Caitlin Rose
Exploring your emotions can make for a good song, but it’s shining light on those which plague us all that builds the backbone of the truly great ones. Coupled with tireless melodies that seep into the small spaces between your bones; it's the kind of music that brings on little movements when life has gotten too stiff. This is what Caitlin Rose does best. Her lyrics – visceral, illustrative, witty and wry – are pieces of stories that examine matters of the heart through a unique lens that makes us all see a bit more clearly: from the loneliness of relationships, to palpable dissolving human connectivity, to the loss of love with none of the melodrama. At her core, Nashville’s Rose is a storyteller and a song-crafter who is more interested in what's being produced than how it helps her along the way.

Though much of her acclaimed debut Own Side Now was personally-inspired, what stood out most was its ability to paint a picture and tell a near-cinematic story, from the simultaneous last puffs of both cigarette and relationship, to the delightfully seedy characters pocketed in a coin-toss on the streets of New York City. With her follow-up, The Stand-In, Rose seems more interested in telling tales than spilling confessionals. "It feels more compelling to live through a song than it did having already lived it,” she says, The Stand-In is a journey down a road she’s always wanted to take: the path of the story-song. One track, “Pink Champagne,” inspired by a Joan Didion short essay, accounts for the desperate, short-lived passions of a Vegas wedding. The emotions stem from both protagonists, but are dissected and recounted by the watchful eye of the chapel or some honest observer from within. This collection of songs seems bent on investigating relationships from different perspectives; male and female, young and old, left and leaving, but they all tackle the bitter farewells, romantic misunderstandings and endless responsibilities in life. Using fibers of her fringe country roots and the bold musical capabilities of fellow producers/co-writers, Jordan Lehning and Skylar Wilson (Justin Townes Earle), The Stand-In seamlessly melds pedal steel guitar with restless pop beats, creating lush instrumentals that build on the more spare construction of Own Side Now. "These songs are all based in sentiment. We wrote the stories to convey a feeling.” The result is infinitely more universal.

Rose doesn’t like to categorize her music, but like the great songwriters of our time, what she creates is beyond easy classification. While she often mentions core influences like Linda Ronstadt, Bob Dylan and Patsy Cline, she’s constantly absorbing books, movies, cultural ticks: when explaining her writing style, she pulls a quote from famed 1930's daredevil, Karl Wallenda who said, "being on the wire is life; the rest is just waiting.” The quote is referenced in Bob Fosse's 1979 semi-autobiographical film, All That Jazz. The film was written and directed by the famed choreographer turned director whose colorful personality and editorial brilliance became a lead inspiration in the making of The Stand-In. In the context of the scene in which it's used, the quote comes off as a bit of a put-on, but somehow rings true for 'slave to show-biz' character Joe Gideon; and Rose as well for whom, all paths lead to the song. Much like Fosse, she tends to describe her work as restrained and deliberate, something evident on Own Side Now. Though for The Stand-In, she's taken a few leaps outside her comfort zone, making the result, as she puts it, something like a "first attempt at a high kick.”

It’s fitting that Rose wrote her first song at sixteen as a substitution for a high school paper. Even as a means to an end, she recognized the power of music, and of melody, to relay emotions and stories in the most gripping way possible. A youthful observer, she enjoyed hanging out after school at the local Waffle House drinking cups of coffee and quietly shaping bits of gossip into first person tales of woe.

Growing up in Nashville to music industry parents (her mother, Liz Rose, is a songwriter who found success working with artists like Taylor Swift, Leann Womack and others), Rose inherited her mother's “inclination towards melody –the ability to naturally know where melody could and should go” early on and again credits her love of songwriting to a long list of influences, many of which would be easily found in either of her parents record collections. From Hank Williams to The Rolling Stones, she says, "I've always been more inspired by what others have done."

This is evident in her penchant for covers – two have made their way onto The Stand-In (“I Was Cruel,” by The Deep Vibration and “Dallas” by The Felice Brothers). She considers herself not just a writer, but an interpreter of song, eager to take works she admires and expose others to their brilliance and also reinvent them in a way that upon listening you might catch something you missed before.

“For me the intention behind any song is writing a good one,” Rose says “and to create something worthy enough to share with other people” Rose’s songs, however, are way beyond worthy. They’re downright necessary.
Andrew Combs
Andrew Combs
Andrew Combs is a songwriter, guitarist, and singer who lives in Nashville. Originally from Dallas, Combs is inspired by the great tradition of Texas songwriting exemplified by Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, and Mickey Newbury.

Following the success of the 2010 EP Tennessee Time, Coin Records released the 7-inch single "Big Bad Love" in May 2012 and Combs' debut full-length album, Worried Man, on October 30, 2012.

The new album caps off a busy year for Combs who signed as a staff writer with Razor & Tie Music Publishing in July 2012. Combs was also tapped to play the 2012 Americana Music Association festival and has played and toured with Shovels & Rope, Jonny Corndawg, Caitlin Rose, Houndmouth, Robert Ellis, and Jason Isbell.

While Tennessee Time displayed a decidedly Nashville sound, Worried Man draws on a folk-rock sound galvanized by the reemergence of authentic American music coming from bands like L.A.'s Dawes. The album was co-produced by Mike Odmark and features guest appearances from Caitlin Rose and Nikki Lane, along with the core band of Jeremy Fetzer, Spencer Cullum, Jr., Michael Rinne, Micah Hulscher, and Jon Radford.

Equal parts rough-and-ready Chicago blues, Planet Waves-era Dylan, and vintage Nashville folk, Combs' live show has often been described as Merle Haggard's stripped-down country rock meets the tightly wound garage punk of Detroit's The MC5. In short, they call it "country soul swag," and you should too.

Combs is also part of a Nashville renaissance in country-folk music that stems from the slicked-up rural country gems of Justin Townes Earle and the close-knit indie folk-rock of Caitlin Rose. Searching through this puzzle you might also find an answer to why Jack White operates a '50s-inspired record shop and recording studio in Nashville and why the city has a buzzing punk scene. Maybe you'd even stumble into Combs and his band getting wild and fuzzy at a house party. Or maybe you'll see Combs solo—on stage and alone as all hell—singing songs that have prompted middle-aged women to ask him, "Are you gonna be alright?"

Well, the Texas lad is just fine, thank you, and we think you'll agree when you hear more of the sounds that are coming out of this East Nashville hotbed of dusty country soul, done up right.

"Just when you think you've heard the best of the up-and-coming Americana stars, along comes one whose music almost takes your breath away."—Nancy Dunham, No Depression

"Worried Man works the tortured territory of a mind driven to hell and back by love gone bad."—Jewly Hight, CMT Edge

"[Andrew Combs] embodies the best qualities of Nashville's ever expanding talent pool"—Seal L. Maloney, American Songwriter

"Texas troubadour smirk, bluesy country melodies and a Southern-steeped lyricism that recalls Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark"—Marissa Moss, Nashville Scene
Michael Rank and Stag
Michael Rank and Stag
The 2012 Valentine’s Day debut “Kin” from Michael Rank and Stag was given a kind reception:

“Kin’s locked up a slot on my No Depression Best of 2012 list...Highly Recommended”, No Depression

“On what is a set of wonderfully ramshackle country leaning rock songs...wonderful stuff. To his and the musicians’ credit they deliver in spades with what is one of the most invigorating albums we’ve heard this year”, Blabber ‘n Smoke

“With more vital body fluids spilling from these grooves than Shoot Out The Lights and Blood On TheTracks combined, the new solo album from Snatches of PinK frontman Michael Rank makes for an exhausting ride. As classic breakup albums go, Kin is more than just effective - it’s utterly inspiring”, Blurt Magazine

“Some people epitomise rocK and roll...Rank is such a person. His rock and roll attitude permeates every part of these recordings. it is the epitome of what Americana meant fifteen years ago.”, Americana UK

“If there’s a secret to making timeless roots rock records then Michael Rank has discovered the formula.”, Beat Surrender

“This is an album full of bloody fingernails, regurgitated poison pills, and swallowed tears, and yet you can’t turn it off or even look away.” Americana Music Show

“The songs bleed with bitterness over the end of a relationship, again the stuff of great country rocK. Rank has a great feel for the swagger and grease of the best rock’n’roll and it’s
all here.”, When You Motor Away

“Musically and lyrically raw. And real. And intense. And cathartic. And Beautiful.”, Graypunk

“Kin is Rak’s ‘ Wild Horses’ “, Hopscotch Festival Preview

Enter 2013’s Valentine’s offering, “In The Weeds”. Straddling the tailgate of Keith Richards and Gram Parsons. With an injection of Steve Earle and Chris Knight in the line.
Michael RanK is once again accompliced by some of North Carolina’s finest Country, Bluegrass and Americana players in the fold.
Venue Information:
Local 506
506 W. Franklin St
Chapel Hill, NC, 27516
http://www.local506.com/