The Suitcase Junket's Really Big Thank You

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The Suitcase Junket's Really Big Thank You

Chris Smither, Kris Delmhorst, Peter Mulvey, Kate Lorenz & The Constellations

Sat · November 25, 2017

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Academy of Music Theatre

$15-$20

This event is all ages

The Suitcase Junket
The Suitcase Junket
Tonight draws inspiration from those lucky Thanksgivings when the whole family came home and all the kids vanished after dinner, up to the attic. While the grownups watched the game and scrubbed the dishes, the kids ransacked the costume trunks, strung a red blanket across the rafters for a makeshift curtain, and got to work writing and rehearsing a show for Saturday night. Leading it is artist, tinkerer, swamp yankee, multi-instrumentalist The Suitcase Junket, a.k.a. Matt Lorenz. Lorenz is coming off a year of touring his Signature Sounds release -Pile Driver- a glorious collection of rock anthems, mountain ballads, blues manifestos and dance-hall festivity. [The Suitcase Junket is the real deal -- and one of the most electric souls we've ever seen on stage ..., raved FreshGrass Festival at MASS MoCA] For this Thanksgiving extravaganza Lorenz has invited an attic full of musical friends, all of them home from touring for the holiday.
Chris Smither
Chris Smither
CHRIS SMITHER. Songwriter. Guitarist. Performer. Bluesman.

CALL ME LUCKY is the new record from Chris Smither and is his first set of brand new originals in six years (release date: March 2018 on Signature Sounds/Mighty Albert). Recorded at the gorgeous Blue Rock Studio in the Texas foothills. Packed with Smither trademark songs that offer commentary on the human condition with a wink of an eye and pulls from deep in the soul and a couple of surprise covers that remind us of Chris' deftness as a song interpreter as he makes the songs his own. CALL ME LUCKY features longtime producer and multi-instrumentalist David Goodrich, drummer Billy Conway (Morphine), Matt Lorenz (aka The Suitcase Junket), Mike Meadows, and engineer Keith Gary. They went into the session to record ten songs. What they ended up with is a double record: Disc 1 features the eight originals and two covers they started with; Disc 2 catapults some of the very same songs into another dimension. Essentially Smither covering Smither.

Fans from around the world continue to fill concert halls, music clubs, and festivals ready for the Smither experience. Reviewers including those from the Associated Press, NPR, Mojo, and The New York Times agree that Smither remains a significant songwriter and an electrifying guitarist — an American original — as he draws deeply from folk and blues, modern poets and philosophers. And with CALL ME LUCKY he keeps doing just that.
Kris Delmhorst
Kris Delmhorst
Kris Delmhorst is an American songwriter, singer, and instrumentalist. She has released six full-length records on the respected indie label Signature Sounds, as well as a panoply of EPs, side projects, and collaborations. A wide-ranging, eclectic artist, her recordings have included intimate acoustic sets, rock band renderings, home-recording landscapes collaged from found and unexpected sounds, and works of classic poetry refigured and set to music - not to mention an all-acoustic collection of covers of songs by new-wave masters The Cars.

A constant collaborator, Delmhorst has appeared on vocals, cello, and fiddle on records and stages with fellow songwriters Anais Mitchell, Lori McKenna, Chris Smither, Mary Gauthier, Erin McKeown, Winterpills, Peter Mulvey, Gregory Alan Isakov, and many more.

Delmhorst's newest album, THE WILD, is forthcoming in October 2017. Co-produced with her husband, songwriter Jeffrey Foucault, and featuring a band drawn from players they share long history with as bandmates and friends, the album merges Delmhorst's sophisticated melodies and hauntingly open voice with Foucault's lean aesthetic to deliver a darkly hopeful, fiercely wise new collection of songs.

Delmhorst lives in western Massachusetts with Foucault and their young daughter.
Peter Mulvey
Peter Mulvey
SILVER LADDER is an auditory shot in the arm from veteran touring songwriter Peter Mulvey. Produced by the indomitable Chuck Prophet, it is a lean, muscular collection of tightly constructed songs, leavening Mulvey's tendency toward ruminative and yearning acoustic songs with a dose of sharp-witted, punchy rock and roll.

After a turbulent stretch in his personal life left him at sea, Mulvey decided to write his way out of it: "I've been through it. I bet you have too," he said, "but there are times in life when you turn a corner and suddenly everything is simple: let's make some songs, people! Let's play!" Committing to writing one song a week relieved him of the precious, self-involved artist's question, What Do I Have To Say? The songs came flooding out over the weeks and months, and within a year he had more than enough for a new record.

Reaching out to Chuck Prophet was meant to continue shaking himself loose. The two had met only once, at a gig. After Prophet agreed to produce, Peter flew to Los Angeles to meet the band of complete strangers Chuck had assembled, and within hours they were tracking tunes. David Kemper, veteran of five years on the road and in the studio with Bob Dylan, made up the rhythm section with Tom Freund (Ben Harper) on upright bass. Chuck and his Mission Express guitarist James DePrato provided the electric guitar fireworks, and Sara Watkins (Nickel Creek) supplied touches of harmony vocal and violin. Aidan Hawken (Highwater Rising, The Quiet Kind) provided textures unheard on Mulvey's past fifteen records: celeste, Chamberlin, Mellotron. The great East Coast torch singer Anita Suhanin lent her voice to a heartbreaking duet.

From its first track, SILVER LADDER brims with confidence and grit. From the unapologetic rock of "Sympathies" to the starkly beautiful "What Else Was It?", from the conspiratorial swagger of "Lies You Forgot You Told" to the joyous release of "Back in the Wind", SILVER LADDER is the work of an artist in his prime. After nine sharp songs, the record ends with a vigorous left turn: the swampy groove of "Copenhagen Airport" at first seems to be an instrumental, until its simple two-line lyric delivers a universal jolt of recognition. Then vertiginous sweep of "If You Shoot at a King You Must Kill Him" is offset by the concise, piercing coda, "Landfall".

SILVER LADDER is an artistic rebirth for Mulvey, the work of an artist who has discovered his inner rock-and-roller, a man who has been through the eye of the needle and come through it with a haul of songs to spark and encourage his fellow humans.
Kate Lorenz & The Constellations
Kate Lorenz & The Constellations
Kate Lorenz of Rusty Belle celebrates the release of her debut solo album with original tunes that will knock your socks off.
She has been singing ever since she learned to talk. An avid lover of classic rock and motown, she started off by singing what she heard on mix tapes and in her parents' vinyl collection and cut her teeth on the blues while studying abroad playing with a pub band in Ireland. Kate formed the nationally touring folk-rock band Rusty Belle with her brother Matt Lorenz (The Suitcase Junket) in 2006 and has recorded back-up vocals for fellow folk artists Chris Smither, Jeffrey Foucault, Caitlin Canty, Hayward Williams, The Suitcase Junket and Zak Trojano.


Kate currently lives in Western MA and plays and sings with her rock-n-roll band Kate Lorenz & The Constellations (Ben Falkoff, Max Adam and Don McAulay) and with the Southern VT honky tonk band The Rear Defrosters. Her powerful voice has been compared to the gritty howls of Etta James and Janis Joplin and the tender country soul of Patsy Cline. Kate Lorenz's much-anticipated first solo album, "Sing When Lonely" is due out in January 2018 and is produced by Matt Lorenz.
Venue Information:
Academy of Music Theatre
274 Main Street
Northampton, MA, 01060
http://aomtheatre.com/