Bedrock 66 Live!

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FRIDAY NIGHT LINE-UP
6 PM – Western Empire
7:30 PM – Motel Mirrors (Amy LaVere, John Paul Keith, Will Sexton)
9:30 PM – Aaron Lee Tasjan

SATURDAY LINE-UP
3 PM – Ashley Riley
4:30 PM – The Deep Hollow
5:45 PM – Tim Shelton
7 PM – Reed Turchi & The Caterwauls 
8 PM – Nikki Lane
9:45 PM Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires

NPR Illinois presents the Bedrock 66 Live concert series in an effort to bring great music to the area and produce a weekly concert program. Since 2008, over 100 performances by some of the best Americana, roots, rock, blues, jazz, rhythm & soul artists have been recorded in front of live, central Illinois audiences for later broadcast on NPR Illinois.

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Nikki Lane headlines the Bedrock 66 Live! Music Festival July 23, 2016.  Here she joined Frankie Lee at WXPN Public Radio to cover Neil Young's "The Losing End.:

Nikki Lane On 'World Cafe: Next'

Jul 14, 2016

Nikki Lane, born and raised in South Carolina, is only 25. But, judging by the wit and wisdom on her record Walk of Shame, she seems to have been plucked straight out of the era of '60s country. It's always refreshing to find a woman playing the part of the wayward rambler, and Lane happily assumes the role in her new record's ode to the South.

Nikki Lane On Mountain Stage

Jul 14, 2016

Retro-voiced country singer Nikki Lane makes her first appearance on Mountain Stage. A high-school dropout, Lane left her native Greenville, S.C., for Los Angeles, and found herself dabbling in the fashion industry.

Hot Club Of Cowtown On Mountain Stage

Dec 10, 2015

Hot Club of Cowtown formed in 1996 after singer/guitarist Whit Smith responded to an advertisement placed by singer and fiddler Elana James. The pair moved to Austin in 1998, and began playing with a series of bass players before solidifying the lineup with bassist Jake Erwin in 2000.

Jeffrey Foucault picked up a guitar when he was 17 and just couldn't put it down. Coming of age in Wisconsin, he used every spare moment cooking up new songs and immediately making recordings so he wouldn't forget the details.

Sense Of Place Minneapolis: Frankie Lee

Dec 9, 2015

Twin Cities alt-country singer Frankie Lee recently released his first full-length album, American Dreamer. It's a strong debut that reflects Lee's musical upbringing: His musician father died when Lee was 12, but his dad's friends were also musicians who took him to clubs where they were playing. Sometimes, they even parked him under the soundboard so he could soak up everything.

Sean Burns spoke to Dave Alvin from the road about his and brother Phil's new record, their musical influences and their upcoming appearance in Springfield as part of the Bedrock 66 Live! concert series.

Ike Reilly On World Cafe

Aug 11, 2015

Ike Reilly returns to World Cafe with songs from his seventh album, Born On Fire. A cocky, charming rock 'n' roll singer from the Chicago area, Reilly shares a hometown with the late comedian Chris Farley, whose new biopic features a song from Reilly's new album.

In this episode of World Cafe, Reilly tells the story of the hard-drive crash that ate the first recordings of his new album — plus, of course, he and his band The Ike Reilly Assassination perform live.

Lydia Loveless started making her first album at the age of 17. She's been acknowledged as one of the best up-and-coming artists by both Spin and Rolling Stone magazines. Her songs are hard to classify. She is able to mix honky-tonk with a grunge/punk and even pop sound. The 24 year old is a huge pop fan, counting Prince and Ke$ha among favorites. She's on Chicago's Bloodshot Records and her newest album is called Somewhere Else.

Nora Jane Struthers may never have become a singer-songwriter if her identity hadn't been stolen. Rebuilding her life allowed her to take a risk and do something she'd wanted to for years. It paid off: She has a new album out titled Wake.

Her story begins at a charter school in Brooklyn where Struthers worked as an English teacher.

"I started teaching sophomores and moved to teaching seniors in my last year," Struthers says. "I loved it."

Red Molly On Mountain Stage

May 28, 2015

Red Molly makes its second appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live on the grounds of West Virginia's State Capitol. Built around the buoyant three-part harmonies of Laurie MacAllister, Abbie Gardner and Molly Venter, Red Molly has won over audiences and critics with solid songwriting and a relentless touring schedule. Its music has spent weeks atop folk and Americana radio charts; Red Molly's latest, The Red Album, was no exception.

When Eilen Jewell was growing up in Boise, she says she had a sense of wanderlust.

"I always felt like I wanted to leave," Jewell says. "And I remember when I learned the word 'wanderlust,' I felt like I finally had a word to describe myself."

Jewell did wander. She went to college in New Mexico and busked on the streets of Venice Beach. She even went back to Boise — that didn't work out. Next, she tried Boston.

The nominees for the 2015 Americana Honors and Awards were announced today at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville. This year's slate shows how the definition of Americana is gently expanding to include more generationally, racially and stylistically diverse stars, while remaining grounded in its country-leaning, singer-songwriter-dominated definition of roots music.

Red Molly 5/22 Bedrock 66 Live!

May 13, 2015

Friday, May 22 at Homespun Republic, 8 pm with Tim Shelton

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"From Day One, Red Molly conjured musical magic. A decade later, they've honed their songwriting, their covers, their playing and, above all, their harmonies into something joyful and sublime."
-John Platt, WFUV FM, Sunday Breakfast

Drew Gurian

Coming to the Homespun Republic Thursday, April 16 Cory Branan with special guest Tim Easton. Showtime is 8 pm. Tickets at www.bedrock66.com or at the door.

Hot Club Of Cowtown On Mountain Stage

Apr 1, 2015

Hot Club Of Cowtown makes its sixth visit to Mountain Stage, recorded live at the Culture Center Theater in Charleston, W.Va. The band formed in 1996, when guitarist and singer Whit Smith answered an advertisement placed by singer and fiddler Elana James. After moving to Austin, the pair added upright bass player Jake Erwin, and the trio quickly made a name for itself by fusing hot jazz and Western swing. The band has since become a favorite at fairs and festivals across Europe, and has opened stadium shows for Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson.

http://www.thetossers.com/

Kicking off the 2015 Bedrock 66 Live! series is Athens, GA country-folk psychedelic band, New Madrid. Joining New Madrid will be Chicago's Celtic-Punk band The Tossers. Tickets available at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1149492

Here is what Pichfork had to say about New Madrid's 2014 release "Sunswimmer"

Pitchfork: New Madrid “Manners”

An Americana Christmas On World Cafe

Dec 24, 2014

We have a wonderful collection of artists — friends old and new — visiting to perform music from the new compilation An Americana Christmas. We will hear a high-energy original by Nikki Lane, called "FaLaLaLaLove Ya." Robert Ellis covers a Willie Nelson classic. Ronnie Fauss adds to a growing history of "Christmas in prison" songs.

Charlie Parr website

Friday Oct. 24,  Bedrock 66 Live welcomes Charlie Parr to Springfield.    

Parr grew up in Minnesota and he's a throwback.  His style of folk and blues will be on display this evening at Donnie's Homespun.   

Sean Burns talked with Parr about his musical influences and how he approaches his craft:

The show begins at 8 p.m.  More details at Bedrock66.com.

Eric Brace and Peter Cooper headline Friday night of the two night American Music Show at Donnie's Homespun, 107 W. Cook St. in downtown Springfield. Saturday night will feature JP Harris and the Tough Choices and The Bottle Rockets. Tickets at www.bedrock66.com or at the door. 

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otisgibbs.com

The folks who put on Bedrock 66 are bringing singer-songwriter Otis Gibbs to Springfield Thursday (Aug 21) at 7:30 at Donnie's Homespun.    Bill Wheelhouse introduces to Otis and let's us hear a track from his new album.

Tickets for Thursday's show are $7 at bedrock66.com   Find Otis's music and podcasts at otisgibbs.com.

KCRW Presents: Nikki Lane

Aug 7, 2014

Originally from South Carolina, with stints in Los Angeles and New York, Nikki Lane has finally found a home in Nashville, where her sharp edge and big personality help set her apart.

Nikki Lane On World Cafe

Jul 24, 2014

Alt-country singer Nikki Lane makes her World Cafe debut today. She released her first album in 2011 after moving to Nashville from New York, where she had been pursuing both fashion and music. She found each of those pursuits a little easier to manage in Tennessee.

amylavere.com

After making a name for herself in Memphis,  Texas native Amy LaVere comes to the WUIS Bedrock Stage this Friday Night.   She is appearing jointly with John Paul Keith and presenting their side project "Motel Mirrors".   From K-U-T in Austin.. David Brown talked with LaVere.

Amy LaVere along with John Paul Keith at Friday night's Bedrock show at Donnie's Homespun on Cook Street in Springfield.    The show starts at eight. Tickets available at bedrock66.com.     Tickets are $12 dollars.

Bedrock 66 Motel Mirrors 5/23

May 16, 2014

The next Bedrock 66 Live! performance will be Friday, May 23 at Donnie's Homespun, 107 W. Cook in Springfield. Amy LaVere and John Paul Keith will perform songs from their recent EP Motel Mirrors along with songs from their solo records.  Joining Amy and JPK will be the southern Illinois rockabilly group the Swamp Tigers. Show time is 8 pm and $12 advance tickets are available at www.bedrock66.com.

Many young singers are stalked by an ill-fitting, virtually unshakable descriptor, whether it's a limiting and vaguely dismissive adjective ("quirky," for example) or a limiting and vaguely dismissive noun ("songstress," to pick one that should be banished from the language and buried under 10,000 pounds of rock salt). For Nikki Lane, that descriptor seems to be "outlaw country" — a generally defensible expression, but one that can subtly imply an element of posturing, even posing.

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Roots rocker Nikki Hill is  a newcomer who has gained attention for her soulful and powerful voice. Her band, who she calls 'The Pirate Crew' includes her husband, Matt Hill - a guitar player and soulful musician in his own right. She headlines on Saturday night. Opening is Marco DiMaggio who has been heralded as one of the world's best Rock 'n' Roll guitarists.

Robbie Fulks has been recording since the mid-'90s, making music that's difficult to categorize. He's written country songs about how compromised most country music is, and while he's fond of folk and bluegrass, he pleases concert audiences with covers of hits by Michael Jackson and Cher. Fulks' new album, Gone Away Backward, is one of his most sustained and subtle efforts.

David Landis

Rosie Flores brings her rockabilly style to the Hoogland Center for the Arts Saturday night.  She and Marti Brom will be on stage in the next Bedrock 66 Live music event.  This show will be a tribute to Janis Martin, also known as the "Female Elvis."

WUIS' Sean Burns interviewed Flores about her music background and the latest project:

The show begins at 8 p.m. Saturday and tickets are available.

David Landis

Rosie Flores started a Kickstarter project in 2011 to record, "The Female Elvis," Janis Martin.  Martin died shortly after the sessions.  Flores completed the project and has now released the recording.  Flores has partnered with Marti Brom in a rockabilly tribute to Martin.  They will play WUIS' Bedrock 66 Live Saturday, September 7 at 8 p.m.  

Tickets are available at 217-523-2787 or purchase them online from the Hoogland Center for the Arts.

Watch Flores Kickstarter appeal video below for some background on Martin:

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