Under the Covers ft. Mark Erelli, Jake Armerding, Rose Cousins, & Zachariah Hickman

Thu. Dec 13, 2018 at 8:00pm EST
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$27 Advance | $30 Day of Show
Doors open at 7pm.


What makes a cover song great? Is it an unexpected pairing of artist and the material? Is it presenting a song that everyone knows in a brand new light? Is it pulling off a faithful recreation of something that seems impossible? It’s probably a little of all of that, and then some. “Under The Covers” is a long-running show featuring Jake Armerding, Rose Cousins, Mark Erelli and Zachariah Hickman, that has traditionally played to sold out crowds at Cambridge’s venerable Club Passim for the past 13 years. Every once in awhile, they take it on the road for a few select shows outside of Boston. From Joni Mitchell to C&C Music Factory, Elliott Smith to Def Leppard, Patty Griffin to the Allman Brothers Band, the only thing you can really expect from this show is the unexpected. 

Jake Armerding

Rose Cousins

QUOTES
“Some voices hit you hard from first blush and this is one of them.” -Exclaim!
“rich emotional nuances… gorgeous vocals… astonishing harmonies” -Chromewaves
“stark, impeccably written songs… elegantly understated…” -Toronto NOW
“achingly candid” -USA Today
“a voice like Carly Simon and a vibe like The Dixie Chicks” -Oprah Magazine
“excellent balance of despair and hope” -WFUV New York
“haunting and beautiful” -WXPN Philadelphia
“It’s no wonder Cousins is the object of audience affection…” -The Boston Globe
“An irresistible find.” -Maverick Magazine UK
Read all recent press about Rose Cousins’ WE HAVE MADE A SPARK >>

AWARDS
2012 Polaris Prize Long List Nomination
2011 East Coast Music Female Solo Recording and Songwriter of the Year
2010 Canadian Folk Music Award Contemporary Singer of the Year
2008 East Coast Music Female Solo Recording of the Year
2007 Mountain Stage NewSong, Music Nova Scotia Folk Recording of the Year and Galaxie Rising Star Award, PEI Music Awards Folk Recording of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year

ABOUT ROSE COUSINS & WE HAVE MADE A SPARK
Rose Cousins finds insight in solitude and strength in numbers. Supported by a thriving Halifax music scene and welcomed by an equally vibrant Boston community, her new album We Have Made A Spark was made in the spirit of community and collaboration.

We Have Made A Spark follows Cousins’ two multi-award-winning albums The Send Off (2009) produced by Luke Doucet and If You Were For Me (2006) produced by CBC in Halifax. Yet another collection of stunning songs by Rose Cousins, her third album braves weighty topics.

“We develop patterns that keep us from moving forward. It takes a deep breath and a bucket of courage to face the uncomfortable, painful things we work so hard to avoid. Reward comes from recognizing the obstacle exists and pushing through fear.”

Rooted in authenticity and conviction of voice, from driving opening track The Darkness to stark piano ballad Go First, you feel as though Rose Cousins sings for you, about your life. It is that sincerity that leads some to compare Cousins to our most beloved songwriters, and yet, her passionate delivery is distinctly, Rose. From writing songs from a tiny cabin without electricity on a New Hampshire island (All The Stars, The Shell) to the stage of one her many international tour stops her lone voice reaches out to listeners, all of us surrounded by our own forms of darkness, and charges us to have the courage to forge ahead.

It’s not surprising that Boston performers were quick to adopt Cousins when she started traveling there 8 years ago. To make We Have Made A Spark, she gathered her friends and collaborators Zachariah Hickman (producer) and Austin Nevins (who both play in Josh Ritter’s Royal City Band), songwritersRose Polenzani, Kris Delmhorst, Mark Erelli, Jennifer Kimball, Laura Cortese, Amy Correia, Ana Egge, Edie Carey, members of Session Americana Billy Beard & Dinty Child, and multi-instrumentalistsSean Staples and Charlie Rose together to make the record at well-known American studio (Q Division) used by James Taylor, Aimee Mann, Patty Griffin. Along with new music comes a short film called If I Should Fall Behind, about the heart of the community where the record was made.

Canadian collaborations have included recording and touring with Joel Plaskett on his multi-Juno-winning album Three and recording A New Kind Of Light, a Christmas CD, with label-mate Jill Barberand 2011 Juno New Artist of the Year, Meaghan Smith. Cousins’ herself recently took home 2011 East Coast Music Awards for Female Solo Recording and Songwriter of the Year.

Cousins is releasing We Have Made A Spark on Outside Music in Canada and independently on her own label Old Farm Pony Records in the rest of the world. US and Canada release date February 28, European release is planned for May 2012.

Mark Erelli

In life, the moments when “it all comes together” sneak up on you. For singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer Mark Erelli, that moment happened one random afternoon in his basement studio. While cutting a few Bill Morrissey songs to work on his recording chops, Erelli ended up recording a profound album that encapsulates his life in music. This September he issues this creative milestone, Milltowns, a loving tribute to his late musical hero Bill Morrissey.

“There are a lot of different themes at play on this album,” Erelli says. “The student carrying on after the teacher is gone; me being the same age now that Bill was when he made my favorite albums of his; the nature of folk music being a passed down heritage; and the fact that this project weaves together my work as a solo artist, sideman and producer.”

Erelli first encountered the music of Bill Morrissey when he was a college student and spotted the famed Texas singer-songwriter Robert Earl Keen wearing a Bill Morrissey t-shirt in the liner notes of one of Keen’s records. Erelli grew up in New England, and Bill Morrissey’s music helped legitimize the budding singer-songwriter’s perspective. “Up until then, I thought all the real troubadours were from Texas,” Erelli reveals. “Bill’s songs helped me tap into my own world and experiences and see New England as valid geography for Americana music. From that point on, Bill became one of my biggest musical heroes.”

Milltowns opens with a sweetly weary version of Bill Morrissey’s classic “Birches,” and 12 songs later closes with the title track, an original Erelli penned for his mentor. Erelli says: “Milltowns chronicles the first time I met Bill and the last time I saw him.” The two songwriters’ initial meeting was celebratory, two folkies hanging out all night drinking and trading off playing everything from Mississippi John Hurt and the Beatles, to Gershwin and the Stones. The last time the two saw each other they played on a bill together in Portland Maine. Morrissey was in bad health due to years of drinking, and Erelli accompanied him and helped him through the set. Erelli describes this painfully complex moment in “Milltowns:”

I was getting ready to go on / you said “Grasshopper, you sing ‘Birches’ / I’ve been singing it for too long” / So I sang it like I’d written it / though I wished you hadn’t asked / ‘Cause I couldn’t shake the feeling / like something was being passed

Other Milltowns highlights are an achingly beautiful “23rd Street” featuring gorgeous harmonies by Anais Mitchell, and a devastating reading of one of Bill Morrissey’s best-known ballads “These Cold Fingers,” both of which also showcase the album’s refined and bucolic production aesthetic. Recently, Erelli has been making a name for himself with his nuanced and atmospheric production style—prior to Milltowns, he produced an acclaimed album for Lori McKenna—and the album is a wonderful showcase for his stunning studio recording chops.

Erelli recorded the core of Milltowns in one marathon day-long recording session in his basement. “I had sent a batch of original songs to someone hoping he might produce my next album, and he said the songs weren’t finished,” reveals Erelli. “So I set them aside to reevaluate, and thought I would focus instead on getting better at recording at home. I had printed out a collection of all Bill Morrissey’s lyrics that someone had recently posted online, and they were sitting there on a music stand. I picked one out and pressed ‘record.’ Four weeks and 12 Bill Morrissey songs later, I realized ‘this is the new album I am supposed to make.’” Erelli layered on guitars, mandolin, harmonica, bass, drums and percussion himself, and then invited friends like Rose Cousins, Kris Delmhorst, Jeffrey Foucault, Sam Kassirer, Anais Mitchell, Peter Mulvey, Rose Polenzani, and Charlie Rose to add subtle beauty to the tracks.

“It felt right and meaningful to do this,” Erelli says reflecting back on Milltowns. “As wonderful as Bill was, people aren’t as familiar with his work as maybe they should be. He was like a lighthouse to me, and I want to give back and reflect some of that light to a new generation.”

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