On December 17th, 2019, City Winery and Steve Earle are hosting the 5th annual John Henry's Friends benefit concert to raise funds for children diagnosed with autism. Jason Isbell, Josh Ritter, and Amanda Shires will each join with sets of their own, making an unforgettable night of amazing music. All net ticket proceeds will be donated to The Keswell School, an educational program for children and young adults with autism. Founded on the belief that children diagnosed with ASD can live full and productive lives as integrated members of their communities, The Keswell School provides educational, therapeutic and supportive services for children diagnosed with ASD and their families. This is a topic dear to Steve, as his son, John Henry, attends the school.
General Admission Ticket Purchase HERE!
All VIP Tickets Includes a ticket to Town Hall (orchestra seats) plus admission to the After Party at City Vineyard immediately following the show
VIP TICKET: $225 (12/17) Purchase HERE
INTIMATE DINNER & SHOW WITH STEVE EARLE (12/16): $750 Purchase HERE
INTIMATE DINNER & SHOW WITH STEVE EARLE (12/16), VIP TICKETS TO TOWN HALL & AFTER PARTY (12/17): $1,500 Purchase HERE
THE ULTIMATE VIP EXPERIENCE: $5,000 Purchase HERE
A PRIVATE DINNER FOR 8 WITH STEVE EARLE AT CITY WINERY: $8,500 Purchase HERE
General Admission Tickets
VIP Tickets - $225
Rehearsal Dinner & Show Ticket - $750
(Does Not Include Town Hall Concert Tickets)
Rehearsal Dinner & Show Tickets plus Town Hall Tickets - $1,500
Ultimate VIP Pass- $5,000
Private Dinner Package w/ Steve - $8,500
About The Artists
Steve Earle, a protégé of legendary songwriters Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark, quickly became a master storyteller in his own right, with his songs being recorded by Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Waylon Jennings, Travis Tritt, The Pretenders, Joan Baez and countless others. 1986 saw the release of his debut record, Guitar Town, which shot to number one on the country charts and immediately established the term “New Country.” What followed was an extremely exciting and varied array of releases including the biting hard rock of Copperhead Road (1988), the minimalist beauty of Train A Comin’(1995), as well as the politically charged masterpiece, Jerusalem (2002) and the Grammy Award-winning albums, The Revolution Starts...Now (2004), Washington Square, Serenade (2007), and Townes (2009).
Jason Isbell has become one the most respected and celebrated songwriters of his generation. He possesses an incredible penchant for identifying and articulating some of the deepest, yet simplest, human emotions, and turning them into beautiful poetry through song. Isbell sings of the everyday human condition with thoughtful, heartfelt, and sometimes brutal honesty. His last two studio albums, The Nashville Sound , and Something More Than Free , both won Grammy Awards for Best Americana Album & Best Ameri can Roots Song. Last October, Isbell and his band, the 400 Unit, released Live From The Ryman , a stunning collection of tracks primarily recorded during the group's six sold out nights at Nashville’s legendary Ryman Auditorium in 2017. Rolling Stone remark ed that the live album is "easily among the finest of the past decade, in any genre.
“Josh Ritter? Hell, he was born dead center of the whole country, who else is gonna tell us what it’s really like.” That’s Jason Isbell, who knows a little something about songwriting, on why Josh Ritter’s songs are so important right now. What must it feel like, to do what Josh Ritter can? To be able to see the world clear as it is, to be able to hold in your mind the various ways it might roll, spin or cant, to draw these versions for us in a few, perfectly chosen words, set to melodies as instantly memorable as they are fresh? I imagine it must feel like a calling and a burden, and must bring about in Ritter a sense of gratitude and obligation—To hear those voices, those couplets, those musical lines and to know that there are so many of us waiting for him bring them to us, like a basket of just ripened tangerines on an arid summer day, exactly what we need at the exact moment we most need it. There is a hint for us in the title of Josh’s new album, Fever Breaks. And listening to it, I can sense the fever that took hold of Josh as he was writing, the insistent, all encompassing
Read more: https://www.joshritter.com/
Amanda Shires - To The Sunset “It’s all rock & roll – no golf!” is how singer/songwriter/violinist Amanda Shires describes her electrifying fifth album, To The Sunset . She’s borrowed a lyric from the track “Break Out the Champagne,” one of ten deftly crafted songs that comprise her powerful new recording. The Texas - born road warrior, new mom, and recently minted MFA in creative writing has mined a range of musical influences to reveal an Amanda Shires many didn’t know existed. “Isn’t it refreshing?” Shires asks. Indeed. Distorted electric guitars, effects pedals, swirling keys and synths, and rockin’ rhythms certainly suit Shires’ visceral songcraft and lilting soprano. It’s been a jam - packed since the rele ase of Shires’ critically hailed My Piece of Land : constant touring with her band and as a member of husband Jason Isbell’s 400 Unit; finishing her MFA; and winning the Americana Associatio n’s 2017 Emerging Artist award . Armed wit h stacks of journals, she wrote a batch of new songs in a flurry of focus and solitude – in a cl oset at the Shires/Isbell abode. “With a two - year - old running around, there’s nowhere to hide,” Shires explains. While Isbell watched their daughter, she wrote all night : “I just started writing and tearing apart my journals and taping the parts I liked to the wall, and shredding the rest and putting it into my compost, which I then feed to my garden.” She reconvened with Land ’s producer Dave Cobb (Isbell; Sturgill Simpson) at Nas hville’ s historic RCA Studio A . While writing such stunners as the enchanting “Parking Lot Pirouette,” haunting “Charms,” and raucous “Eve’s Daughter,” she thought about their sonics. “I explained to Dave that I wanted the songs to have atmo sphere,” Shires recall s. “That the album was going to be sort of poppy, and that I was doing that to bring some sunshine into the world, cause it’s pretty dark right now.” As she sings in “Take on the Dark,” buoyed by bouncy bass, machine - gun drumming, and swirling synth: “Worr y can be a tumbling tumultuous sea/with all its roaring and its breaking/How ‘bout you be the waves/too unafraid to even be brave/and see yourself breaking out of this place.” Shires is renowned for her carefully crafted songs. Her influences include Leon ard Cohen and John Prine, the latter of whom has been a ment or. “I was talking to John Prine while I was writing this record,” says Shires, “and he was talking about how using images that actually happened to you makes the songs true. Also, if you use imag es that you can see daily, it’s more relatable.” Shires took his advice in such tracks as “Break Out the Champagne.” “It’s all true!” says the resilient Shires. The near - plane crash over Newfoundland, her BFF Kelly’s fears abou t our apocalyptic times, anot her friend’s heavy breakup. To The Sunset , says Shires, “is meant to be a positive thing. Acknowledging your past, and at sunset, your hope for a new day. ‘To The Sunset’ sounds like a toast: This day is over, we don’t know what’s in the future, but it’s hopeful, I think.” Shires has drawn from her own past on To The Sunset – and pointed the way to her future. She has set the bar high – sonically and lyrically – and she’s jumped over it
Don't bother asking The Mastersons where they're from. Brooklyn, Austin, Los Angeles, Terlingua; they've called each home in just the last few years alone. If you really want to get to know this husband-and-wife duo, the better question to ask is where they're going. Perhaps more than any other band playing today, The Mastersons live on the road, perpetually in motion and always creating. Movement is their muse. On tour, in the unpredictable adventures and characters they cross, in the endless blur of skylines and rest stops and dressing rooms and hotels, that's where they find their greatest inspiration, where they hone their art, and where they crafted their brilliant new album, Transient Lullaby.
Benefitting Keswell School Mission
All net proceeds raised by ticket sales will be donated to The Keswell School (formerly known as The McCarton School), an educational program for children and young adults with Autism. Founded on the belief that children diagnosed with ASD can live full and productive lives as integrated members of their communities, The Keswell School provides educational, therapeutic and supportive services for children diagnosed with ASD and their families.