C. Daniel Boling, Sunday, July 9, 2017

Daniel Boling Banjo

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 windycityhouseconcerts@gmail.com
or at 312-810-3067

Free child care provided (advance notice required).

A 2014 Winner of the Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk songwriter contest, Daniel shares experiences from a life well-lived in places as far-ranging as Okinawa, Japan, and Padre Island, Texas. Daniel is a balladeer/songwriter and delights audiences with his well-crafted story songs coast-to-coast in over one hundred shows a year in house concerts, listening rooms, theatres and festivals. For three decades Daniel was a gun-toting Park Ranger and Criminal Investigator in National Parks and Public Lands throughout the west and he started touring fulltime at 50.

Daniel’s songs tell interesting stories about a variety of characters, including himself, played on guitar, banjo and banjitar (a banjo/guitar hybrid) with a deft fingerpicking style. His clear tenor draws positive comparisons to John Denver and Pete Seeger, and folks say there’s a lot of Steve Goodman in his delivery and storytelling. Other songwriting awards include 1st Place at Woody Guthrie Folk Festival, Walnut Valley Festival, Santa Fe Bluegrass and Old Time Festival, and Albuquerque Folk Festival. You can’t help but relate to Daniel’s songs!

http://www.danielboling.com

https://www.facebook.com/daniel.boling.10

http://www.sonicbids.com/CDanielBoling

http://www.youtube.com/user/PerfectlyStableMusic

David G. Smith, Sunday, November 13, 2016

David G. Smith with guitar

Music at 3:00 p.m.
Socializing and light potluck at 2:00 p.m.
$15-20 suggested artist donation*

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

David G. Smith was raised in a musical family in the hills of northeastern Iowa. He started writing songs and played in a variety of bands, locally and then touring the Rockies for 10 years. He moved to Nashville to follow his passion for songwriting. His song catalog began to explode, but at a price.

“I started losing my soul writing material that didn’t speak to me in the name of writing songs for others to sing. It was an insidious process and eventually the muse was not showing up and I didn’t know why. “

He ventured on a song-writing retreat to Costa Rica with Americana all-stars Darrell Scott, Beth Nielsen Chapman, and Mary Gauthier. He recalls both Darrell and Mary looking him straight in the eye and challenging him to stop writing songs to pitch to others. Their advice: To stop chasing the Nashville music scene and start performing his own songs. But their real challenge cut to the bone: Write the truth!

He took their advice and five albums later, he’s following his own path, touring nationally, winning song writing competitions and taking his story songs to audiences around the country.

[Smith] “comes across with the same sort of weathered resolve that best exemplifies fellow travelers like Kris Kristofferson and Townes Van Zandt.” -Lee Zimmerman/No Depression

Check out David G. Smith at the links below:
http://davidgsmithmusic.com/
https://www.youtube.com/user/davidgsmith33/videos
https://www.facebook.com/heydavemusic
https://www.facebook.com/davidgsmithmusic

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* All funds go to the musician

Jenn Grinels – Sunday, October 23, 2016

Jenn Grinels

Music at 3:00 p.m.
Socializing and light potluck at 2:00 p.m.
$20 suggested artist donation*

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

Award-winning musician Jenn Grinels is a dynamic songwriter, powerhouse vocalist and all-round entertainer who will absolutely dazzle you.

Last year the rising star spent time on the road opening for famed band the 10,000 Maniacs, at one point prompting San Francisco Examiner reviewer Kenneth Fish to write, “Grinels steals the show. She is a rock and roll temptress conjuring musical spells that no one could resist. Whether quietly purring into the microphone or seriously belting out a tune, the audience was hanging on every note and lapping up every well crafted phrase. (She) has the rare gift of being a well-rounded performer who engages the audience fully and openly, sharing the performer as much as the performance. And her performance was nothing short of amazing.”

The self-described “soulful, bluesy, jazzy, folk rock artist” has released three critically acclaimed full-length albums, built a loyal fan base all over the world and won numerous awards for her electrifying live performances. Her single “Right From The Start”(brokenHEARTbreaker) can be heard on radio stations nationwide and music from her full length albums has been featured on several major television networks and in films all over the world.

“When you end the night standing and cheering with all of your friends and 200 strangers, you know something wonderful just happened. If the stars made music they would be jealous of Jenn Grinels. …an unbeatable live experience. Goosebumps all around.” – GuerillaCandy.com (Seattle, WA)

“Her voice is just absurd. Two artists kept coming to mind – Martin Sexton and Fiona Apple. Sexton because of her vocal focus & control; Fiona Apple because of her tell-off confessional and conversational lyrics, her penchant for complex rhyme schemes, and her powerful, listen-up-buster delivery.”
– Crazytalk.com (San Francisco, CA)

“A folksinger of uncommon strength and vitality, who puts the lie to most popular notions about women with guitars who sing of life and love’s injustices. She achieves the energy of rock without subverting the melody and lyrics, and the effect is electrifying.” – Wenzel Jones, Back Stage West

Recent videos of Jenn playing a house concert:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpFzFTFVdPMrbqYlGUV1mWA

Jenn on the web:
http://www.jenngrinels.com/
https://www.facebook.com/jenngrinelsmusic/

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* All funds go to the musician

Ernest Troost – Cancelled for Sunday, September 11, 2016

Ernest Troost

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Music at 3:00 p.m.
Socializing and light potluck at 2:00 p.m.
$15-20 suggested artist donation*

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

Update: We had to cancel this show – please join us for a future show.

I’m thrilled to host Ernest Troost in his return to Chicago. He played WFMT Folkstage last year in June and this year we get to host him. He’s also playing Two Way Street Coffee House on Friday, September 9 before heading north to Wisconsin for several shows. We’ve hosted Ernest previously in New Mexico and gotten to know him a bit. Some of his songs are a bit dark, but he’s a lovely person to spend time with.

Ernest is an Emmy-winning film and television composer as well as a recipient of the prestigious Kerrville New Folk award for his songwriting. He also composed and produced two award-winning albums of songs for Judy Collins using the words of Emily Dickinson, Robert Browning, Gertrude Stein, and others. Los Angeles-based Troost’s scores for films include the cult classic Tremors and HBO’s award-winning Lesson Before Dying.

As a solo performer, Ernest brings his amazing songs to life with a spare singing style and some amazing guitar chops, all in service of story-songs that tell a story – aural movies, if you will, that will draw you in time after time.

“Troost’s style and subject matter recall Dylan, Dave Alvin, and (especially for his concentration on life’s darker side) Richard Thompson —enviable company indeed.” – Tom Hyslop, Blues Revue Magazine

“Ernest Troost’s music is a perverse and diverse celebration of American folk music. . It’s a vibrant festival of tragedy and comedy, a wind-blown crossroads of American culture where Piedmont blues meets modern literature in the darkest of themes.” – Terry Rolands, Folkworks.org

“Imagine a bayou-bred John Steinbeck taking up a fret board instead of a pen and you’ve pretty much got the picture.” – Don Grant, Freight Train Boogie

http://ernesttroost.com/
https://www.facebook.com/ernest.troost
https://soundcloud.com/ernest-troost

Videos:

“Pray Real Hard” from Ernest’s most recent album, “O Love”.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgMnKbFxhxU
“Switchblade Heart” is one of my favorite Ernest Troost songs.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wLhoc2tem0

* All funds go to the musician

Beth Wood – Sunday, May 15, 2016

Beth Wood in Wyoming

Music at 3:00 p.m.
Socializing and light potluck at 2:00 p.m.
$20 suggested artist donation

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

I’m so excited to have Beth Wood return to Windy City House Concerts! Beth is one of my absolute favorite singer/songwriters, really the essence of all the best – an amazing voice, great guitar playing and wonderful songs. She can rock the house as she does when singing the Star Spangled Banner to open baseball games or present a poignant, sensitive ballad in a small, sweet voice. But don’t just take my word for it:

“Beth Wood is a musical triple-threat — a thoughtful songwriter and talented multi-instrumentalist with a supple, soulful voice.” — Washington Post

Picture a home-body with an ever-present wanderlust, an introvert with a passion for performing, a creative free-spirit with enough discipline to rework her dream year after year, calloused little hands and a big pile of curly hair…and you’ve got Beth Wood, modern-day troubadour. She won the 2005 Kerrville New Folk Contest, along with another dozen awards for her performances and songwriting at the national and regional level. I’m happy to brag on Beth as a friend, but the point is that Beth is widely recognized in the folk world for her songs, performance and spectacular vocal ability.

If you ask Beth to describe her music, she might just shrug. Some have called it folk, pop, folk-pop, country-folk, Americana, etc. Beth prefers to say it is soulful, organic, free-range, barefoot music delivered through a high energy communicator of joy. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram calls Beth “a superb singer-songwriter whose versatility discourages labeling.” Beth’s songs tell of life and love, stories of all kinds of folks she knows or has seen.

Beth is wonderful to be around – her joy and energy are contagious. Her performances are masterful and warm and personal at the same time. Please get in touch so you can be part of this wonderful evening.

http://www.bethwoodmusic.com
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Beth-Wood/157422938805
http://www.sonicbids.com/epk/epk.aspx?epk_id=26213
http://twitter.com/#!/bethwoodmusic
http://www.myspace.com/bethwoodmusiccom

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Moors and McCumber – Thursday, March 3, 2016

Moors and McCumber

Music at 7:30 p.m.
Socializing and potluck at 6:30 p.m.
$20 suggested artist donation

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

Moors and McCumber create that rare chemistry that happens when two gifted singer- songwriters and multi-instrumentalists perfectly complement each other’s strengths, a modern day version of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.

“These guys should be playing every major Festival in the country. They bring it all to the stage and deliver it in a big way.” – Lloyd Maines, Grammy award winning Producer and Multi-instrumentalist.

James Moors and Kort McCumber grew up in different places and listening to different kinds of music – classical, rock, bluegrass, you name it. But when they met ten years ago they knew they’d found something golden. Since then, they’ve been cultivating their wide-ranging musical influences in songs that delve into love and life through haunting lyrics, soaring harmonies, and dazzling instrumental proficiency.

http://www.moorsandmccumber.com/
https://www.facebook.com/MoorsandMcCumber/
https://www.youtube.com/user/MoorsandMcCumber/videos

Dave Gunning – Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2016

Dave Gunning at the Beach

Music at 3:00 p.m.
Socializing and light potluck at 2:00 p.m.
$15 suggested artist donation

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

We have a special treat for Valentine’s Day! Dave Gunning from Nova Scotia in Canada is going to warm up the day musically! I’ll have my Valentine with me and we’d love to share the afternoon with you. Still time for Valentine’s Day dinner after the show, too!

A charismatic performer and world class songwriter, Dave has the magnetic gift of captivating audiences by painting pictures through his heartfelt stories and compelling songwriting, humorous lyrics and stunning musical arrangements. Blending sensitive folk and innovative arrangements to his original songs, Gunning is rapidly building a solid fan base across Canada and abroad. Dave has a beautiful voice and great guitar chops and a warm personality.

“Gunning is the next big thing in the True North of Song, an artist as compelling, as assured and attentive to every nuance of the writing process, as Lightfoot, Cockburn and Stan Rogers before him.”- Toronto Star

You can check him out at the links below and on the radio the night before.

http://www.davegunning.com/
https://www.facebook.com/davegunning
https://soundcloud.com/dave-gunning-1

He’s playing live on the renowned WFMT 98.7 FM Folkstage radio show hosted by Rich Warren at 8 p.m. CST, Saturday, February 13. (listen live online here: WMFT 98.7 FM Live Stream)

Rebecca Folsom – Sunday, May 17, 2015

Rebecca Folsom with Guitar

“What I love most in life is being on stage singing, with people connecting and  loving the music, having their hearts opened, dancing, singing along.  I absolutely love it.” – Rebecca Folsom

Socializing & Light Snack Potluck at 4:00 p.m.

Two sets of music starting at 5:00 p.m.

Suggested artist donation $20 (all funds to Rebecca)

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

“Lush harmonies, great acoustic music and a lot of sass and attitude….sweet one minute, and then rebellious and smart the next.” High Plains Radio

“songs that are at once literate and emotional, and harmonies that strike just the right note of connection and invention while staying spare and serving the music.” Dirty Linen

The quotes above just scratch the surface – a Rebecca Folsom show is great fun. Her performance is energizing and her voice is amazing!

I first heard Rebecca at the Folk Alliance International conference in 2010. I fell in love with her music and performance then and she’s just gotten better with time. I’m thrilled that we can host her and I’d love to share her music with you. Please get in touch to join us.

http://rebeccafolsom.com
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rebecca-Folsom-Music/628196480584746
https://www.facebook.com/rebecca.folsom.33
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOELGoZt2mLTmM4H3RYmCUg

Jim Hurst – Friday, November 11, 2014

Jim Hurst

Steeped in bluegrass and country music, Jim Hurst embraces these genres but goes beyond their musical boundaries to create music both complex and sublime.

Jim Hurst’s dexterous guitar work and pleasing vocals can lead you down a path of a lovely ballad, get your feet stomping to a train song and ultimately leave you spellbound….in just one medley!

“Jim Hurst is one of the most versatile and tasteful guitar players I know. Whether he’s flailing the rhythm for an old time fiddle tune, laying down a funky groove, or finger picking a beautiful ballad, his playing is both impeccable and creative. Accompanying this instrumental virtuosity is a rich and expressive voice with a surprising range.” – Mark Schatz

Jim Hurst’s unique picking style and mastery of bluegrass guitar wows audiences and is revered by both novice guitar players and his musical peers. His eclectic career has made him a remarkable performer, an experienced instructor and a highly sought after session musician. His affability and gregariousness make him one of the most approachable musicians of his caliber.

The product of a musical family, Jim honed his musical style after being influenced by the likes of Tony Rice, Clarence White and Jerry Reed. He got national exposure with Holly Dunn’s Rio Band playing acoustic guitar and mandolin, and singing harmonies; followed by several high profile television and radio appearances while touring with Trisha Yearwood playing acoustic and electric guitar, and harmony vocals. Jim also experienced performances with Travis Tritt, and Sara Evans.

Craving to play more bluegrass, Jim joined Grammy-nominated Claire Lynch and The Front Porch String Band in 1995. Desiring greater freedom to create his own musical path, Jim left the Claire Lynch Band in 2010 to embark on a solo career. His shows meet with rave reviews as he astounds his audiences with his brilliant playing yet makes people feel right at home with his humble congenial and funny persona. Jim’s solo show, which allows his personal style and unique creativity to come through in spades, is what keeps his audiences mesmerized.

http://www.jimhurst.com
http://www.jimhurst.com
https://www.youtube.com/user/thejimhurst


Music starts at 7:30 p.m. You’re welcome to join us from 6:30 p.m. for socializing and potluck supper. Wine or beer are welcome.

Suggested artist donation $20 (All funds go to the musician.)

For more information and an invitation, please contact Lee by e-mail at windycityhouseconcerts@gmail.com or at 312-810-3067.

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Robby Hecht – Sunday, September 14, 2014

Robby Hecht

I first heard Robby Hecht at a Folk Alliance conference showcase a couple years ago. I was blown away by the middle of his first song. After the other two songs in the showcase, I knew I wanted to host him for a house concert. It’s taken a while to schedule this show, but it was worth the wait.

The first thing you hear is Robby’s warm, smooth tenor voice that fellow songwriter Steve Poltz once compared to “a warm blanket that wraps itself around you.” Then you are pulled in by the lyrics of his songs – beautifully and carefully crafted – some telling a story, some capturing feelings – happiness or sorrow, fulfillment or wistfulness. All supported by solid and tasteful finger-style guitar playing.

Catie Curtis, Anais Mitchell, Julie Lee and others have gushed about the “natural beauty” of Hecht’s tone, the “honey in his voice” and his “authentic gifts” as a lyricist.

Robby has toured and written relentlessly over the last several years and is the winner of several songwriting awards including the Kerrville New Folk Competition, Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Songwriting Contest and Telluride Bluegrass Festival Troubadour Contest.

http://robbyhecht.com
https://www.facebook.com/robbyhechtmusic
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=UUgSmlu5h6uX3Ci5YfunibQw


Note: we are starting half an hour earlier than the regular evening start time:

Music starts at 7:00 p.m. You’re welcome to join us from 6:00 p.m. for socializing and optional potluck supper. Wine or beer to share are welcome.

Suggested artist donation $20 (All funds go to the musician.)

For more information and an invitation, please contact Lee by e-mail at windycityhouseconcerts@gmail.com or at 773-334-5776.

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