The Bittersweets & Amber Rubarth in the Lounge - 8/4/18

The Bittersweets & Amber Rubarth in the Lounge - 8/4/18

Saturday, August 04 2018 6:30pm Doors / 8:00pm Start / Ends 9:30pm (Estimated End Time)


General Admission
Sat Aug 04 2018

The Bittersweets & Amber Rubarth in the Lounge - 8/4/18

at City Winery Nashville

9:30pm (Estimated End Time)


General Admission






The music industry is not known for sure bets, but a decade ago The Bittersweets looked like that elusive band, “destined for stardom,” as the East Bay Express wrote at the time. They were on a major radio station in San Francisco before playing their first show. By their third show, there was serious label interest, and their fifth show involved opening for Train at the Fillmore West. There was the meeting with the major booking agency where they got a unanimous thumbs-up from every agent (a first for the agency). As Peter Cooper wrote on the cover of the lifestyle section of the Tennessean, “Dumb luck is meeting a high-powered music attorney at a party and sliding into a record deal that way. This band’s fortunes have more to do with Meyers’ songs, (and) Prater’s dusky, evocative voice…”

Their two records were nearly universally praised by critics, and they spent the next several years on the road, playing upwards of 200 shows a year and opening for acts such as Cowboy Junkies, CAKE, Roseanne Cash, Buddy Miller, and Emmylou Harris. Numerous songs were placed in network and cable TV shows. Despite these successes, they decided to take a break and get off the road to start a family.

But they kept writing, and after a significant hiatus, friend and producer Greg Bieck (Hall & Oates, Christina Aguilera) convinced them to get into his studio to put the new songs to tape. Joined by John Jackson (Bob Dylan, Lucinda Williams) on guitar, Chris Donohue (Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin) on bass, Ken Lewis (The Civil Wars, Lorde) on drums, and longtime collaborator Jason Goforth (Over the Rhine, John Paul White), they spent a week in the studio, creating what would turn out to be their finest record to date.

In Spring, 2018, they began touring again, both as a duo and with an incredible band. The new music will trickle out to streaming services such as Spotify, Pandora, Apple Music, and YouTube over 2018 and 2019 via Compass Records. Despite immediate rumblings across the Nashville music world with talk of The Bittersweets being back, this time, they are taking everything in stride.

“We’re so excited and a bit nervous to get back out there again,” says Hannah. “But I feel like we need to plunge into this new chapter and see what unfolds. It feels like a rebirth.”


Amber Rubarth has toured the world from South Africa to Japan, Europe and throughout America with a “unique gift of knocking down walls with songs so strong they sound like classics,” (Acoustic Guitar Magazine).  This year she made her acting debut co-starring alongside Joe Purdy in the feature film 'American Folk' which The Hollywood Reporter calls "Superb... A heartfelt homage to American folk music." Rolling Stone premiered the soundtrack’s first single, calling it “Enchanting… two wondrous new voices steeped in the folk tradition."

Rubarth’s curiosity for life has taken her on numerous adventures.  At 17 years old, she left home to become a chainsaw sculptor in Carson City, Nevada.  Four years later she decided to pick up a guitar and began writing songs. An early original of hers won the Grand Prize in NPR's Mountain Stage New Song contest leading to an album produced by Jacquire King (Tom Waits, Norah Jones).  Rubarth has been hand-picked to open for legendary artists including Emmylou Harris, Kenny Loggins and Richie Havens and has performed an original duet written with Jason Mraz at Carnegie Hall. She continuously reinvents herself, most recently on her latest album 'Wildflowers in the Graveyard,' produced by Matt Andrews (Gillian Welch, David Rawlings, Dawes), exploring nature's fluidity with life, death and rebirth. “I’m walking to the edge of where the river meets the sky / Holding my head up and closing my eyes / And all the answers I’ve been hoping to find / Are written in the water.”

Rubarth also composes, writes and arranges for films, including Sundance festival winner 'Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work,' the super-marathon documentary 'Desert Runners,‘ and BBC’s ‘Sisters in Country‘ featuring Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris and Linda Rondstadt.   She is co-founder of The Paper Raincoat, whom Paste Magazine said “We think the world might be a little better if everyone heard this record,” as well as the folk trio 'Applewood Road' which the London Sunday Times gave 5 stars calling it "a flawless set that has to be the most haunting release of the past year,” leading to performances at Glastonbury, Cambridge Folk Festival, and a UK tour supporting Mary Chapin Carpenter.

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