October 12, 2017, 7:30 pm at The Evening Muse, 3227 N Davidson St, Charlotte, NC 28205, USA
Josiah Johnson (of The Head and The Heart)
Southern California native, current resident of the Bay Area, former Seattleite, one-time Torontonian, and long-time tour busy resident. Josiah Johnson's immersion in the musical culture of so many locales, as well as his dedication to constant touring, have given him the means to share his music far and wide. But the strength of his songwriting has carried his music far beyond his physical reach. Best known as a member of American indie-folkers The Head and The Heart, Josiah's solo performances highlight a stripped down, emotive, lyrics-first kind of song craft, inimitable in its sincerity and beauty.
Planes on Paper
There is a vocal synergy that exists between Navid Eliot and Jen Borst, the two core members of the Washington-based folk group Planes on Paper. They each have clear, unique voices, but when combined, a special kind of musical beauty emerges.
As a one year-old project, Planes was already receiving high praise from a nearly endless list of media outlets across the country: The Seattle Times, American Songwriter Magazine, KEXP Seattle, WNYU New York, The Revue, Ear To The Ground, and The Stranger, to name just a few. Now 2.5 years into the band, the praise continues, and the songwriting duo is drawing crowds on both coasts of the US as well as playing noteworthy festivals... all without yet releasing a full-length album; that unconventional path speaks volumes about the strength of Planes on Paper's live performances. Described as, "a cohesive, stark showcase of pure, unadulterated song craft," they are a show not to be missed.
Their debut full length album, Edge Markings, will be released in late 2017 or early 2018.
The Sea, The Sea
THE SEA THE SEA is an Upstate New York based indie folk-pop duo-band featuring what Huffington Post calls, "Two of the loveliest male-female voices you might ever hear this or any other year." Their 2014 debut release, Love We Are We Love, received praise from NPR, American Songwriter, and No Depression, among others, gathering nearly 10 million streams on Spotify. The animated video for their song "Waiting" sparked viral interest including Buzzfeed, Pitchfork, and inclusion at the international TED 2015 conference. Mountain Stage host Larry Groce calls them "ready to take their place among the best young male/female duos now performing." Their 2016 release, the six-song EP In the Altogether, recently earned features by Apple Music including Best of the Week and A-List Singer/Songwriter.