FRI. JAN 11, 2019 – CHRISTY HAYS W/ SPECIAL GUEST TONY KAMEL (OF WOOD & WIRE) & PHILIPPE BRONCHTEIN

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  • November 27, 2018
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CHRISTY HAYS

“Like Lucinda Williams in a Carhartt jacket, Christy Hays works rugged metaphors into emotionally charged country folk.” (Austin Chronicle). Christy Hays’ music has folk and country tinges, thoughtfully penned stories and a full band sound that is both driving alt country and moody folk rock. Christy Hays has released two full length albums and two EP’s since 2009.

Her new album ‘River Swimmer’ is due out in April of 2018 on Nine Mile Records. It brings the culmination of Christy’s influences and her experiences traveling the world.

Born in rural central Illinois, Christy Hays never really aspired to be a working songwriter. Hays grew up somewhat surrounded by music, her father, a luthier and guitar player showed her the major chords on her old Gibson. There was no pressure to play but music was a centerpiece. “I left Illinois in my early 20’s, directly after college. I graduated in December and moved to Haines, Alaska in April.” says Hays, squinting into the sun on a bright spring day in Texas. “I was really disillusioned buy our society and wanted to go live in the woods.”

Living seasonally, traveling in the US as well as abroad in the winters Hays essentially spent the better part of her 20’s in an alternative lifestyle where she came to the conclusion science was not her calling, rather music was. “I reached a point where songwriting and the art of self expression surrounding the craft were more important than the wilderness. I moved briefly to Memphis, then to Nashville in 2007.” explains Hays. Nashville was an awakening, a crash course in music business and performance. One she was not prepared for as city living depressed her and stage fright consumed her.

After two years in Nashville the decision was made to move to Austin, TX. “Austin felt more my speed and my vibe. I loved the country music and songwriters that were coming out of here in the late 2000’s. I felt at home shortly after I got here, I grew up musically and found a great community to collaborate with.” recalls Hays.

Hays has shared the stage with Hayes Carll, Sturgil Simpson, Bruce Robison, Kelly Willis and Jeffery Foucault to name a few. Bruce Robison cut her song “Lake of Fire” and released it on his newest album Bruce Robison and the Back Porch Band.

Hays now spends portions of the summer in Montana, gigging in the Northwest, writing and returning to her beloved wilderness. Hays dreams of creating an artist retreat out of that house for people just like her who need to escape the city, disappear and create. Compared to Brandi Carlile, Lucinda Williams, Rhett Miller, Kathleen Edwards and Patty Griffin, Hays has a sound uniquely her own. Hays has released two full length albums and two EP’s since 2009.

 

TONY KAMEL

Tony is a musician and actor based in Austin, TX.  He plays mostly with the bluegrass band Wood & Wire but can be seen around town with other acts as well.  A half Italian, half Lebanese man of many names (“Tone Kams,” “Tony the Knife,” “The Tune,” “Anthony”…) who wears many hats. He’s well known to Wood & Wire fans for his exceedingly soothing singing voice, fine guitar picking, and compelling song writing.  He’s been Wood & Wire’s manager, promoter, online marketing/social media wizard, and positive thinker since day one. He’s a renaissance man of modern music business. His musical interests were sparked at a young age when he discovered and raided his parents, Jackie & Steve’s, eclectic record collection. Ozzy Osborne, Led Zeppelin, and Frank Zappa started this man on the road toward bluegrass. As he grew up the oldest of four in Houston, he spent much of his time on the beach in Galveston, TX fishing, surfing, and getting into trouble with his friends, siblings, and cousins. Wood & Wire’s latest album “The Coast,” offers a reminiscence on his upbringing as a beach rat.  Tone’s deeper facets and insights are reflected as well in his growing catalog of original songs. He’s an actor, bow hunter, fisherman, surfer, high school football champion, and proud Texas Longhorn. He’s a leader and a constant advocate for his fellow musicians.

Tony has worked in studios in Austin and Nashville and is available for any studio work involving guitar, claw hammer banjo, mandolin, and vocals.  He’s also been awarded roles in small films, and several principal roles in national commercials as an actor.

PHILIPPE BRONCHTEIN

By the time he was 27, Philippe Bronchtein had logged several hundred thousand miles in on the road, crossing and recrossing the US and the Atlantic. In a few short years, he had quickly become one of Portland’s most well-loved, consommate road-warriors, cherished by fans of songcraft, other songwriters, and the bandleaders who, over and over, invited him to join them on tour. Still a young man, he’d released three LPs, numerous splits, 7″s EPs, and singles under the moniker Hip Hatchet and toured as a multi-instrumentalist for the likes of Esme Patterson, The War & Treaty, Quiet Life, and others. He relocated to Nashville in 2017 to continue working as a touring musician. But the endless cycle of barely-occupied sublet apartments, ephemeral friendships, and might-have-beens left him drained, burnt out, longing for some semblance of stability or a connection that remained always tantalizingly out of reach.

“I keep telling myself this is the life that I chose,” he sings on album’s title track Me and the Moon, a reflection on the solitutde of traveling alone. Me and the Moon holds, at its core, a fundamental question – if you devote your life to labor, what is left to go home to?

It’s a tender, restrained record, distilling and developing his previous work with a confident stylistic voice; his vocal naked and close, the arrangements uncluttered and deliberate – a brushstroke of pedal-steel crying in the left ear, a faint swell of a synthesizer somewhere through a highway tunnel, the deft chiming of fingerpicked guitar melodies. The writing is unhurried and poignant, each story linked by a wistful kindness – for both the author and the characters that drift in and out of his life. As weary as Philippe clearly is by the end of side B, he never comes across as bitter, rather, he delivers his words with an obvious empathy that is much better felt than described.

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