erie choir (solo set)
Erie Choir began at the dawn of the new millennium as the solo acoustic folk singing sort-of-thing of Sorry About Dresden’s Eric Roehrig. Realizing the loneliness and terror of such endeavors (and the inability to drown out yammering bar goers), Roehrig quickly recruited pals to help him pursue his quixotic rock n’ roll ambitions. After a pair of self-released EP’s, Sit-n-Spin Records released Slighter Awake in 2006, which Pop Matters called “crisp, clean, indie rock with a folk-pop flavor”. The band (Roehrig, fellow Sorry About Dresden alumnus James Hepler, Bob Wall, and Jack Watson) began recording the follow up in 2011, but Old Rigs wasn’t completed and released until November 2017. The Big Takeover declared it “worth the wait”, describing Roehrig as “an American Graham Parker.“ A mere 2 and a half years later, Erie Choir released the 4-song Starlight Veins EP which the Indy Week called “feelgood music for pessimists, summer jams for introverts.”
Josh Kimbrough is a fingerstyle guitarist and composer from Chapel Hill, NC. He was a core member of the NC collective, Trekky Records (Lost In The Trees, Phil Cook, Sylvan Esso). He learned to play guitar studying Freddie King instrumentals and Fernando Sor classical guitar pieces. Josh has teamed up with producer and bass player Jeff Crawford (The Dead Tongues, Big Star’s Third Live) for the first full length under his own name. Slither, Soar & Disappear, out on Tompkins Square, is an intimate and immersive song cycle inspired by the natural world and fatherhood. On it, small ensembles of double bass, flute, strings, mandolin, banjo, and drums adorn his nylon and steel string guitar work.
I grew up in Greensboro going to Friendly Shopping Centre to hang out with my friends at the Gap and drink “smoothies” that were like thick Kool-Aid. I got sick on sugar and decided to start sneering more. When I was 19, I went to Chicago to take classes at the Old Town School of Folk Music, where Pete Seeger and John Prine had played, and lost my edge again. I went back to college in North Carolina and abruptly fell in love, swallowed point blank. I joined a folky band called Mipso. My heart broke. I got tired of going to bars and moved to the country. Then I got tired of the country and moved closer to the bars. I traveled all over the U.S. and a few other parts of the world playing songs for people, and they were the type of song people can sing along to, and it felt uncanny when they sang along. I decided voting was senseless, then I tried to get everyone I knew to vote for Bernie Sanders, then my heart broke again real bad. All the time I was putting songs into my back pocket, and eventually it started to feel heavy, so I recorded them, and by then I had a lot of magical friends around to record them with.
UPCOMING EVENTS IN THE BASEMENT
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