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Grant Sabin & the Juke Joint Highball Concert
August 11, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
About the Artists
The Changing Colors
Part of a burgeoning alternative and Americana scene along Colorado’s Front Range, The Changing Colors stake out new ground on the borders in between. On intensely thematic albums that channel frontier mystics and old-world visionaries, frontman Conor Bourgal turns a distinctly postmodern sensibility on traditional folk elements of authenticity, storytelling and the supernatural for an effect as present as it is haunting. The band’s sound mirrors its substance, layering cold, devastating lyrics over sparse instrumentation and a voice scrubbed raw and clean as a pinewood floor. Occasionally augmented by lap steel, string accompaniment or female harmonies, Bourgal’s vocals and guitar form the backbone of a sound that calls up ghosts.
Their 2008 debut, Ghost of Red Mountain, garnered an enthusiastic reception from local audiences and was hailed by critics as “simultaneously stark and exquisitely expressive” (Santa Barbara Independent) and “natural and direct as a landscape” (Wear Headphones Tonight). Thanks in part to a grant from the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF)’s prestigious IMTour initiative, the Changing Colors’ second album, Joan and the King (Blank Tape Records) has gained wider exposure than ever before, following its Colorado Springs release on May 18, 2013 with summer tour dates throughout the West Coast and Northeast.
Joe Johnson has the most common of names but demonstrates the most uncommon talent. He combines an unforgettable voice with an uncanny capacity for writing beautiful and moving songs. His south Mississippi drawl masking a keen intelligence and an encyclopedic knowledge of music. For a man on a mission to bring roots music back to consciousness, he is uniquely equipped to accomplish his goal.
Raised an hour drive from New Orleans, in a state that has produced the very core of American music, Johnson grew up watching his grandfather spinning records and creating innovative engineering techniques in the recording studio at WRJW in Picayune, Mississippi. BJ Johnson was a noted country singer who enjoyed a 40-year recording career and worked his way up to become a full time announcer at WRJW. His son Byron – Joe’s father – was a well known gospel musician. Joe’s mother is a piano player and as far back as he can remember Joe sang with his family and learned to play guitar sitting around the front porch with family and friends.
Singer, songwriter and guitar virtuoso Grant Sabin is proud to announce the release of his newest full-length album, Anthromusicology, to be released December 14th on Blank Tape Records. Anthromusicology is Sabin’s first album since 2011’s Home Sick EP, and his fourth full-length. Sabin, a talented songwriter and musician, grew up in Southern Colorado’s blues scene, performing his original music since age thirteen. Now older, wiser and well traveled, he is breaking new ground and vibrating at a higher frequency than ever.
Sabin’s 10 new tracks were produced and recorded by Conor Bourgal (The Changing Colors) and Marc Benning (34 Satellite), at Hideaway Studios, a residential studio located in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. The album’s title was inspired by the study of the innately human urge to manipulate resonance. Many of the tracks share a common ground in their subject matter: Human behavior and interaction. “I tend to gather inspiration from humans and their behavior, as if undergoing an anthropological study. I even scrutinize my own behavior to gather information to write songs that will help me later on in life. A sort of message in a bottle for myself and the rest of the human species.”
The album features collaborations with a number of well-known Southern Colorado musicians, including Alex Koshak (The Flumps, Briffaut) on drums, Sam Erickson (We Are Not a Glum Lot, Briffaut) on guitar, and producer/engineer Marc Benning on bass. Each member brings a new element and personality to the songs, but Sabin’s ability to transform himself from howling screams and growls, to soulful balladeer makes for his most exciting and versatile album to date.
Tickets and More Information
Tickets are available at the SteamPlant Box Office, Sutty’s Downtown Records and Arts, and Wood’s Distillery.
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