The Basement Writers Round: Stephen Simmons, Cole & Kendra Porter, Ethridge Netz, and Josh Davis
Stephen Simmons was raised in the small town of Woodbury, Tennessee. His mother was a schoolteacher and his father held a factory job. In his family, they were the first generation that didn’t work the farm. As a songwriter and Ten years as a Road Dog, Stephen’s vision has grown to entail more than just reflections of rural America. The songs on his recordings, deal with existential realities that are familiar to country and city dwellers alike: redemption, heartbreak, hangovers and the loneliness of the road. Stephen’s records: Last Call, Drink Ring Jesus, Something In Between, The Blame’s On U.S., Girls, The Big Show and Hearsay (which were compared to everyone from Johnny Cash to Ryan Adams) combine virtuosic songcraft and musicianship with unparalleled artistic honesty. His work has been covered by Mojo Music, Uncut, and The Washington Post.
Cole & Kendra Porter
Leading duo of the Cole Porter Band. They’re hard to pin down but they embrace their classic, Texas, and red dirt country influences as they brew their own blend of country and southern rock. Their genuine songwriting, mesmerizing harmonies and energetic shows have gained them a loyal fan base from the scorching South to the frozen North.
Ethridge writes raw songs that are reflected in his performance. His lyrics are a response to the false idea of a perfect life.
Josh Davis is best known as the frontman of the popular Des Moines rock band, Bright Giant. Additionally, Davis formerly led the Josh Davis Band, and performs in various incarnations, including Parks Davis & the Palavers andThe New Mexicos.
Davis’ writing style envelopes indie rock, folk and Americana.
The Basement // doors 6:30, show 7pm // $10