Join us for some Sunday evening Americana with City Mouse + Benyaro + Oh, Jeremiah!
8pm :: Oh, Jeremiah is the musical cocktail of the musings and tall tales of singer/songwriter Jeremiah Stricklin.
9pm :: Benyaro is Ben Musser’s indie-acoustic soul and roots project.
10pm :: City Mouse is the collective spirit of Atlanta-based songwriters, Brian Revels, Michael Hudgins and Jenna Mobley.
$7 Adv – $10 Door
Doors @ 7 PM
Benyaro is Ben Musser’s indie-acoustic soul and roots project, which, in his words, he “formed to expand the boundaries of acoustic music and serve as a vehicle for my distilling artistry.” Musser is a multi-instrumentalist; a drummer, guitarist, singer, songwriter and schooled in jazz, rock, classical guitar and voice. Benyaro performs most frequently as a duo where Musser, along with an upright bass player, plays guitar, kick drum, hi-hat, shaker, harmonica, and his most important instrument, his voice, which has repeatedly drawn comparisons to David Bowie, Cat Stevens, and Axl Rose from both critics and fans. It has been said that you’ll never hear more music come from just two people. Loops and pre-recorded music? No, thank you. Not Benyaro.
Musser has spent his life building a career brick-by-brick, touring across the United States, living in and immersing himself in artist communities in Nashville, Austin and New York City, where he self-produced 3 albums that gained national attention, charting on the CMJ Top 200, in addition to placements in Relix Magazine’s “On the Verge” and critic’s picks in Nashville Scene, Boulder Weekly, amongst others. He currently headquarters his record label and recording studio in Jackson Hole, WY where inspiration is abundant and noise comes only from nature, proving to be the perfect venue for writing his honest, eclectic music.
Musser’s vision has earned Benyaro support tours with some of Americana’s finest artists, including: Shovels & Rope, The Infamous Stringdusters, Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers, Anders Osborne, Malcolm Holcombe, and one-off support of The Avett Brothers, Langhorne Slim & the Law, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Samantha Crain, Mandolin Orange and The Farewell Drifters, amongst others.
City Mouse is the collective spirit of Atlanta-based songwriters, Brian Revels and Michael Hudgins. Born in the latter part of 2012 amongst the trash heaps and decay-filled dumpsters of the Big Peach's outskirts, City Mouse is a bastard-spawn of too many nostalgic nights of drunken conversations about a shared sense of appeal for the Americana movement.
One lucky day, these rat bastards stumbled into the Tin Roof Cantina to find Jenna Mobley sawin' a fiddle in half with Atlanta-folk badasses, Sailing to Denver. And after a few songs and few beers they worked up the courage to get a name and number (for business reasons, of course).
Generally accompanied by a banjo (plus Brian's overzealous, tempo-tempting footstomps), a guitar, and a double-bass, played by the talented Miss Mobley, the Mouse's lyrics are the words that keep these brokeass, hopeless romantics spending all their tip money on microphones and strings.
That is only to say that they mean them. And hope you can relate in this collective human experience. This rat race.
Thank you for your interest.
Oh, Jeremiah is the musical cocktail of the musings and tall tales of singer/songwriter Jeremiah Stricklin. Each of his songs is filled with the distinct characteristics of the Deep Southern culture that he’s called home for so long. The familiar people and places that he has always known are now the invisible forces that populate his songs simultaneously uplifting and haunting his person musically. His pace, his love of face-to-face conversation, and his enjoyment of wasting an afternoon sitting on a front porch have all given him and his music a flavor worth savoring. In short, he can be considered the 21st Century Tom Sawyer; the friend you would be willing to paint a fence for or take a leap of faith with if you had to run away from the real world.
His debut performance, a shaking, shuffling rendition of Elvis Presley’s “You Ain’t Nothin but a Hound Dog,” while holding a glitter-glued, paper-plate guitar, took place at a kindergarten talent show. After a crushing third-place finish, Jeremiah Stricklin swore to never be third again. His musical journey really took off when he was 11 years old and received a hand-me-down guitar from his father. He learned to play guitar before he even learned to ride a bike. Out of all of the hobbies he pursued, music “just never went away.” One of the first inspirations that shaped his musical passion was seeing the video of Blink 182’s “What’s My Age Again” and thinking, “I want to be as old as they are and as happy as they appear.” Their album Take Off your Pants and Jacket was the first album he bought with his own money. Stricklin pursued his love of music at the University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Music. It was during this time that another milestone in his artistic development came while hearing The National’s “Fake Empire” on their Boxer album: the words drew him in more than the music. “I don’t know what he’s talking about but I believe it. I want these things to be universal because I feel it,” he says of the album. Thus, the two components of Oh Jeremiah were finally in place: the technical complexity of music and lyrical depth.
These two attributes are what have shaped the sound and presentation of Oh, Jeremiah. They have drawn him to musical influences such as Josh Ritter, Shovels and Rope, and Ryan Adams. Stricklin’s music can best be described as Americana with elements of whimsy and gentle seriousness. He is drawn toward artists who demonstrate vulnerability and a genuine connection with their audience, both lyrically and in performance. He avoids the current simplicity of Pop music, and instead rather pursues exploring the richness of various instrumentation in his songs and his shows. Although this is Stricklin’s debut solo project, it has been his experiences with multiple bands over the last five years that has inspired and brought him to this place.
And whether you listen to Oh, Jeremiah on car speakers or see him in a crowded venue, you will leave the moment as if you just had a great conversation with a good friend. As one listener once said after a show, “I feel like I’ve known you my entire life.” And that’s what Oh Jeremiah shoots for with this project. As with any relationship, there is the thing that attracts you and then the thing that keeps you. For Stricklin, his stage presence and energetic performance is what may draw you to sit down and listen. His lyrics are what will keep you around.