Sawyer Fredericks w/ Beth Bombara
Singer-songwriter Sawyer Fredericks, hailing from his family’s farm in central New York State, is fast establishing himself as an authentic original, Americana artist with an old soul. His deep, beyond-his-years lyrics and melodies, raw, soulful vocals, and powerful live performances have attracted an ever growing number of devoted fans of all ages, selling out shows throughout the US.
As a folk/blues singer-songwriter, who cut his teeth at local farmers markets, open mics, and iconic New York venues like Caffe Lena, the Towne Crier Cafe, and The Bitter End, Sawyer seemed an unlikely match for reality tv, but quickly won over broad audiences with his genuine delivery and unique arrangements of classic songs, going on to win season 8 of NBC’s The Voice, as part of coach Pharrell William’s team. Fresh from that whirlwind, Sawyer went forward with the release of his major label debut, A Good Storm, with Republic Records, an impressive blend of soulful folk, blues, and rock, entirely written or co-written by Sawyer. His 2016 A Good Storm Tour included 62 shows across the US.
For 2017, Sawyer has taken everything he has learned, and once again gone independent. He is busy crafting his sophomore offering, with the abundance of full artistic freedom, and continuing to tour.
With a folksinger’s head and a rocker’s heart, Beth Bombara has built her career on an evolving sound that blurs the lines between genres. To those who make their living onstage, she’s a musician’s musician — a road warrior who writes her own exemplary material, plays multiple instruments, and fronts her own band, often a duo with her husband. With 2017’s ‘Map & No Direction,’ Bombara’s songs take aim at a larger audience with melodic hooks that showcase a love not only for roots-rock, but the irresistible punch of classic pop, too. (NEW ALBUM OUT MARCH 3rd)
Layered with lush string arrangements, polished to a light shine by producer Karl Kling (RAC), and influenced by more than a half-century’s worth of British pop classics and rock home runs……The result is Map & No Direction, an album that casts the widest net of Beth’s career, from the George Harrison-worthy guitar riffs of the kickoff track, “I Tried (You’re Too Late),” to the sad, sparse beauty of the piano ballad “What We’re Giving.” It’s the sound of Beth rediscovering her own abilities as a songwriter — and expanding them, too.
Bombara’s new batch of songs are vintage-influenced hooky Americana and rock & roll and equal parts “bourbon-warmed Neko Case”, as her hometown Riverfront Times (St. Louis, MO) described. They named her best Americana artist 3 years in a row.
Kum & Go Theater // Doors 7:30pm, Show 8:00pm // All Ages
Tix // $18 advance // $22 day of show // $40 VIP