Kashena Sampson with Kristina Murray, Josh Morningstar and Jeremy Pinnell
The Basement
Fri, Jan 11 8:00 pm

Kashena Sampson: A timeless enchantress, Sampson combines a 70s folk-rock aesthetic and sound, which draws on a California country and classic Laurel Canyon, quickly garnered flattering comparisons to giants such as Nicks, Ronstadt, and Bonnie Raitt as well as cult heroes such as Barbara Keith, Jim Croce, and Bobbie Gentry. Kristina Murray: It’s no secret and it’s been said before: sometimes, you’ve got to leave a place to appreciate that place.  Sure, plenty of Southerners have left the South and returned with something to say; music and literature is peppered with such instances.  It can’t be stressed enough, though, that leaving a place, can create in a person a certain yearning that the word ‘homesick’ could never define; it’s hard to put a finger on it, when you don’t know what it is your hurting from or missing in life. Forget your preconceived notions, though: if you haven’t been there lately, the South is a land as lush in culture, paradox, pride, sweetness, and darkness as it is in humidity and kudzu…and it’s constantly evolving.  Kristina Murray’s music, steeped in troubadour storytelling, southern rock grit, and the audible legacies of country queens of yesteryear, wonderfully exemplifies this tension. Josh Morningstar: Singer, songwriter, troubadour Josh Morningstar stared down the devil and lived to tell…and sing about it, and his life as a father, husband, addict, inmate, fighter, and recovery is captured in 10 songs on his Whole Lotta Crazy album. Morningstar produced the album and wrote eight of the songs on the collection, which is set for release January 19, 2018.   “So much went into this record – happiness, pain, stress, sweat, good times and bad,” said Morningstar. “There were days and nights I thought it would never get done. I have the best group of musicians a guy could ask for. I have the best friends that support my music I could dream up.” Jeremy Pinnell: When Jeremy Pinnell released OH/KY in the summer of 2015 to stunned acclaim, it felt like an entire career compressed into one knock-out album. Hailed as a “mind-blowingly good” (Greg Vandy, KEXP) “tutorial on classic country music” (Popmatters), Pinnell’s debut immediately differentiated as authentic and unflinching. Dogged touring through Europe and the states and celebrated radio sessions followed, cementing Pinnell’s position as a no-fuss master of his craft.   

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