Abbie Gardner (from Red Molly), February 11, 2018

Music at 4:00 p.m.
Socializing and light potluck at 3:00 p.m.
$20 suggested artist donation*

For an invitation to attend, please contact Lee
by email at lee@windycityhouseconcerts.org
or at 312-810-3067

Free child care provided (advance notice required)

Abbie Gardner, the fiery Dobro player with an infectious smile toured with Americana darlings Red Molly for eleven years. After gracing stages from Denver to Denmark, from Australia to Austin, the band took an indefinite hiatus in 2015, so Abbie is having a blast stepping out into the spotlight for her own gigs! No stranger to solo performing, she has three CDs to draw from, each with award-winning songs. Tales of love and loss, both gritty and sweet, ride the back of her by-now familiar, formidable slide guitar licks. She channels Lucinda Williams and Bonnie Raitt but remains pure Abbie. 

Always keen on following the vocal part and trying to find the one really perfect note, instead of a dozen okay ones, Abbie is quickly compiling an extensive discography of recording credits. Her own CDs include Honey on My Grave (2006), Bad Nights/Better Days (2008, with Anthony da Costa), and Hope (2011), which features three different kinds of slide guitar (dobro, lap steel and National bottleneck). Abbie has been recognized as an award-winning songwriter, with such accolades as; 2006 Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Songwriter Showcase (2nd place), 2008 Lennon Award Winner (folk) for “The Mind of a Soldier” and 2008 American Songwriter Magazine Grand Prize Lyric Winner for “I’d Rather Be.” “The Mind of a Soldier” was also featured on Lufthansa Airlines in 2010.

Abbie has had the honor of being part of the songwriting faculty at the 2010 and 2011 Swannanoa Gatherings and assisting at Reso Summit, Nashville’s Resonator Conference, for the past several years. She wrote and released a song per week for a year as part of the 2013 Real Women Real Songs project and continues to attend Jack Hardy’s Monday night Songwriter’s Exchange in NYC to hone her writing skills. She has been having a blast doing gigs with different bands, backing up her friends and stepping out into the spotlight for her own gigs. Abbie has a brand new solo CD ready to release in January of 2018 and is excited to tour as a solo act in support of that CD.

“Abbie Gardner shows her prodigious writing chops in her album, Hope. Tales of love and loss, both gritty and sweet, ride the back of her by-now familiar, formidable slide guitar licks. She channels Lucinda and Bonnie, but remains pure Abbie.”
— Richard Cuccaro, Publisher, Acoustic Live

http://www.abbiegardner.com/
https://www.youtube.com/user/SlideSessions
https://www.facebook.com/pg/abbiegardnermusic

Ann Armstrong and Steve Hughes – Sunday, August 9, 2015

Ann Armstrong and Steve Hughes playing

Socializing and Light Snack Potluck (BYOB) at 2:00 p.m.

Two sets of music starting at 3:00 p.m.

Suggested artist donation $20 (all funds go to the musicians)

For an invitation to attend, please RSVP to Lee
by email at windycityhouseconcerts@gmail.com or at 312-810-3067

Ann Armstrong is right up there with the great musical exports of Texas! She plays guitar sometimes sweetly, sometimes prickly as an Ocotillo cactus, sings like a steam-powered nightingale and writes songs from a depth of experience.

“Ann Armstrong the powerful blues shouter-cum-folkie from Texas.” – Dirty Linen

“Ann Armstrong’s talents, both as a songwriter and blues performer, are deep and diverse. Armstrong’s music, whether recorded or live, is solid, sincere and roots-conscious. Her constant companion and musical partner Steve Hughes spices up the proceedings with fine harmonica and flute work. If you haven’t caught her act (check-out her blazing bottle-neck guitar work), you’re way behind the times in keeping up with the Texas blues scene.” – Austin American-Statesman

I’ve gotten to see Ann and Steve recently at Folk Alliance but they are long time favorites of Cindy’s and mine from when we lived in Dallas, TX some years ago. So it’s a great pleasure and privilege to host them for a house concert. Check them out and get in touch to be invited to the show!

http://www.ann-armstrong.com/
https://www.reverbnation.com/annarmstrongstevehughes
https://www.youtube.com/results?filters=year&search_query=ann+armstrong+%26+steve+hughes&lclk=year