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Fall Session - Back to the Basics
December Session - Social Gathering Songwriting Workshop
As artists, we all struggle to describe ourselves sometimes. So let's use our art to show who we are.
December 11th, 6:00pm:
Writing Your Song
MCLA Gallery 51
Berkshire Cultural Resource Center
Developing her skills originally as a Jazz vocalist Jen Crowell graduated into performing original work several years ago, including performances around the area, though her original jazz roots can still be heard in her vocal style. Her most recent release, Cold Front, showcases her broad musical range and has been compared stylistically to work by Natalie Merchant and The Cowboy Junkies. Her repertoire includes influences from Chris Whitley, Richard Thompson, Red Bird and more, with the same, soulful pull. Her songs leave a haunting sense of emotion sure to move even the most jaded of souls. Combining acoustic guitar with her broad vocal range creates an ethereal experience, while her lyrics and music mix roots of bluegrass and folk with haunting phrasing and modern melodies to create more than the sum of the parts.
Zara Bode, Emily Miller, & Stefan Amidon The Sweetback Sisters
Emily Miller and Zara Bode may not be blood relations, but their precise, family-style harmonies recall the best of country music from the Everlys to The Judds, as well as the spirited rockabilly energy of Wanda Jackson, one of the band's role modes. Like the artists they admire, the Sweetbacks are concerned with the traditional subjects of heartbreak, revenge, remorse and staying strong in the face of relationships gone wrong, albeit with a contemporary sensibility. "We're a renegade retro band that mixes up country, swing and honky tonk," explains Bode. "Sometimes what we deliver is straight out of the 50's; other times it's BR549 meets The B52s."
Stefan Amidon grew up singing in his own family band, The Amidons, and picked up many instruments along the way. Primarily a drummer, Stefan has played with many folk bands such as Popcorn Behavior, Lissa Schneckenberger, Matt and Shannon Heaton, and The Sevens. More recently he has played drums in jazz bands big and small, timpani in orchestras and clarinet with his older brother, avant-folk artist Sam Amidon. Stefan graduated from Oberlin Conservatory with a degree in Jazz Performance.
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