Jodee Lewis & Jonas Friddle - 7pm - 1/20/19Sunday, January 20 2019 5:00 PM Doors / 7:00 PM Start / Ends 9:30 PM (ESTIMATED ENDING TIME)
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Jodee Lewis & Jonas Friddle - 7pm - 1/20/19
at City Winery Chicago
- 5:00 PM
- 7:00 PM
- 9:30 PM (ESTIMATED ENDING TIME)
As the music coming out of Nashville edges ever closer to the pop genre, it’s up to artists like Jodee Lewis to carry the torch of traditional country.
Though a Chicago native for nearly two decades now, she was raised in Osceola – a town of 800 people in the Missouri Ozarks. Her childhood home was down a secluded dirt track, set amongst 190 acres of woodland, where Dolly Parton, Waylon Jennings and EmmyLou Harris were fixtures on the radio. Her granddad, himself a guitarist in a band, also played his part by introducing her to the artists that he loved, such as Earl Scruggs and Lefty Frizzell. These country, honky-tonk and Americana roots still shine through in her own music.
Recently, Lewis has dug ever deeper, incorporating influences like Ray Price and Merle Haggard into her sound. It’s all there on Buzzard’s Bluff, her second album, and the follow-up to her debut, Whiskey Halo. Named after a real bluff near where she grew up, Buzzard’s Bluff is a fitting landscape for Lewis’ songs of searching self-reflection. By looking back on a childhood where minding your own business was prized above all else she hopes to navigate the difficulties of being an adult, wife and parent. Returning to this place has also meant dealing with the tragic loss of her second child, Luke, which has had a very significant effect on her life and music.
On the album’s title track Lewis sings “there ain’t nobody gonna run in here and save me.” And though the album explores the darkness and sometimes devastating realities of life, there are hints of faith, hope and love sprinkled throughout.
Jonas Friddle is a singer, songwriter and Old-Time banjo player. His compositions have received The John Lennon Songwriting Award, First Place in the Great American Song Contest and a nomination for Album of the Year in the Independent Music Awards.
Friddle was raised in the mountains of North Carolina and learned to play guitar on a yard sale Harmony six string. He picked up mandolin, fiddle and banjo while at Berea College in Kentucky. While on tour with the college bluegrass band he got a taste for travel and spent the year after graduation traveling around the world playing music in pubs and living rooms. In 2007 Friddle landed in Chicago, started The Barehand Jugband and began teaching at the Old Town School of Folk Music. In four studio albums he has established a unique Americana sound with songwriting that is full of imagery, honesty and humor.
“[Friddle] deftly explores just about every nook and cranny of modern folk, from revivalist antique appropriation to protest songs to modern love songs. The immaculate arrangements would sell it, if his lithe voice hadn’t already given it away. Amazing stuff.” -Independent Clauses www.jonasfriddle.com