SAT. DEC 8, 2018 – GABE WOOTTON SONGWRITER SERIES WITH JAIMEE HARRIS / NICK NACE / MICHAEL MARTIN

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  • October 8, 2018
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JAIMEE HARRIS

Jaimee Harris is poised to become the next queen of Americana-Folk, a slightly edgier Emmylou Harris for the younger generation. Her new album draws comparisons to Patty Griffin, Ryan Adams, and Kathleen Edwards – all writers who know how to craft a heartbreakingly beautiful song with just enough grit to keep you enthralled. Harris writes about the basic human experience, in a way that is simple, poetic, and often painfully relatable. Harris isn’t afraid to get personal, but her vulnerability never veers into the self-indulgent. Each little confessional gem she puts out there is something the listener will connect to; these are things we’ve all felt, though many of us are less than likely to admit them.  Harris’s songs have a depth to them, and her lyrics betray a wisdom beyond her years. “I write as a way of dealing with things,” she says. “There’s also a lot of acknowledging my own faults. These songs feel pretty vulnerable… to the point where I wonder if people are going to ask me ‘Are you okay?’ But I really just hope they see a little bit of themselves in the songs and find something they can connect to.”

 

NICK NACE

The Canadian born Nick Nace is a “highly-respected wordsmith among East Nashville’s Americana scene” (-American Songwriter). He lived in NYC for over a decade and was one half of the folk duo A Brief View of the Hudson (Best Folk Duo – NY Press). The pair recorded two albums and composed the soundtrack for Tell Your Friends! The Concert Film! which premiered at SXSW.

In 2015 he moved to Nashville and has since toured Ireland (Whelans, The Ruby Sessions), was selected to perform at the Mississippi Songwriter Festival, Druid City Songwriter Festival, The Dripping Springs Songwriter Festival, Panama City Songwriter Festival and is a winner of the gulf coast’s biggest songwriting competition The Gulf Coast Songwriter Shootout (judged by Travis Meadows).

This summer he toured the Southeast with Nashville songwriters Jon Latham & Darrin Bradbury and opened for Texas troubadour Hayes Carll. He released his debut EP Canadiana Americana last year and has played Canada and all across the United States in support of it. He will be recording his debut solo album this autumn.

 

MICHAEL MARTIN

There’s only one musician in San Antonio who musses his hair like Keith Richards, sings like Bob Dylan and plays guitar like kindred spirits Jerry Garcia, Mark Knopfler and Chuck Berry. 

That person is rock ‘n’ roller Michael Martin. 

Martin is best known around these parts as frontman for the folk-rock band the Infidels, which he formed in the mid-’80s and whose name was inspired by Dylan’s 1983 album “Infidels.” 

He’s also recorded and toured the world (and appeared on “Late Show With David Letterman”) with singer-songwriter Tom Russell. That gig lasted almost four years. 

Many admire him for his amazing talents as a pen and ink artist. 

Had he been born just a little bit earlier, perhaps it would have been Martin trading riffs with Keef in the Rolling Stones instead of Ron Wood. He’s that good – and he certainly has the swagger. 

It’s been several years since Martin’s only solo album, “Fatal Flower Garden.” That disc was recorded by Leonard Cohen producer LeeAnn Ungar. 

Martin is planning a new solo record,For this one, he’s decided to team up with Grammy-winning producer Joe Treviño at Blue Cat Studios, a crossroads of the Tex-Mex scene. 

Treviño produced the Infidels’ first indie effort, “Babel.” Both men are looking to capture something from deep within.For Martin, who taught himself to play guitar at age 13, it means going back to the source: the Grateful Dead and the Stones. 

At Edison High School, Martin started a cover band patterned after the Grateful Dead called Mickey Free. That morphed into the Infidels. 

“I’ve tried very hard just to focus on music. It hasn’t been the most lucrative thing to do, but I never wanted to do anything else,” he said. 

The struggle, he acknowledged, is to balance the rocker side with the singer-songwriter who loves Irish and English balladry.
He’s not sure what side will win out for his solo record. 

“I like playing loud and hard,” he said. “It’s hard to find the middle ground there”.

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