10th Annual Taste of Whispering Beard

10th Annual Taste of Whispering Beard

Willy Tea Taylor, The Harmed Brothers, Darrin Bradbury, Soda Gardocki, Maria Carrelli, Joe Fletcher, Ona, Whiskey Bent Valley Boys, Qiet

Sat · April 1, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

The Southgate House Revival

$17.00 - $20.00

This event is 18 and over

Taste of Whispering Beard
Taste of Whispering Beard
Whispering Beard Folk Festival was a dream, a vision. The kind of once in a lifetime opportunity to do something greater than ourselves. Founded in 2008 by Matthew Wabnitz and Katfish Williams with the idea that many of our friends had these amazing bands, so why not put on an outdoor show for all them to play and all of our friends to show up. They maybe didn't realize the community they were building back then

How it would grow to be as big as y'all have gotten. Over the past 5 years WBFF has done things their own way. Without the help of big corporate sponsorship, with just word of mouth and a lot of pounding the pavement. We've passed out flyers and sent online posts. We've gone to some of the finest theaters and some of the dumpiest watering holes just to show our support for all the great local, regional, and national talent we find to be of the utmost caliber.

We've picked with you and sang with you. Danced, dream and laughed with you. Because WBFF isn't about any one person, or one group, its about the community. It's about the need to preserve traditional folk music as well as encourage a new wave of younger folk-inspired musicians. It's about the soil in bluegrass, the dirt behind the fingernails. Its about banjos and brothers, and fiddles and sisters. And soul possessed country singers. Its about you and about me and everywhere any of us have ever been.

WBFF isn't just a festival, its something greater than that. It's something you just feel in the pit of your stomach like a first kiss or spring. It's about you and me and us...for three days it's just about us.
Willy Tea Taylor
Willy Tea Taylor
Willy Tea Taylor is a father, brother, and son. His remarkable ability to sing about profound subjects in a simple way makes his songs a great place to lose yourself. Much of that comes from his upbringing.

Willy grew up surrounded by rolling hills and horses in the small town of Oakdale, California. Known as the “Cowboy Capital of the World” for breeding so many world champion rodeo cowboys, Oakdale is still Willy’s home and the setting for many of his songs.

Despite coming from a long line of cattlemen – his grandfather Walt was one of the most respected of his generation – Willy’s first love was baseball. As a catcher, he had a gift for the nuances of calling a game from behind the plate. When a knee injury ended his ability to catch, Willy turned his attention to music.

At the age of 18, a discerning and intimate set by Greg Brown at the Strawberry Music Festival inspired Willy to pursue life as a folk singer. Strawberry would play an integral role in Willy’s development as a musician, going from spectator to stagehand, to performer. He made his main stage debut with his band the Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit at the 2009 festival. In 2015, Willy made his solo debut on the main stage. Willy has charmed fans at some of the best festivals in the country.

Willy calls John Hartford, Roscoe Holcomb, Bob Dylan, KISS, Weird Al Yankovic and Willie Nelson his biggest influences, but is always quick to advocate for his favorite contemporary songwriters which include Tom VandenAvond, Nathan Moore, and his Good Luck partner in crime, Chris Doud. He and VandenAvond have travelled the country together on a series of tours they call “Searchin’ for Guy Clark’s Kitchen” where each evening’s show is just a precursor to an endless quest for the kind of serene late night scene depicted in the cult classic documentary Heartworn Highways.

On his new release Knuckleball Prime, Willy received support from greats like Benmont Tench (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers), Greg Leisz (Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton), and Gabe Witcher and Noam Pikelny of the Punch Brothers. Of the album’s title, Taylor says “most baseball players peak in their twenties, but knuckleball pitchers tend to blossom in their late thirties and early forties. I’m staring down my knuckleball prime.”

Led by producer Michael Witcher, the songs on Knuckleball Prime are arranged and accompanied magnificently by a first rate team of musicians and engineers. If you’re a fan of well-written lyrics, alluring melodies, and a voice that ties them together with emotion as deep as the artist’s own roots, you’ll savor Knuckleball Prime, and just about anything else Willy Tea Taylor has ever done.
The Harmed Brothers
The Harmed Brothers
Nestled between the rolling farmland of Oregon’s Willamette Valley and the impossibly tall trees further south, the gold and timber town of Cottage Grove has always drawn an eclectic mix of dreamers, drifters and prophets to its downtown Main Street.

For about a decade now, many of these frontier misfits have gathered to carouse and quench their thirst at the Axe & Fiddle Pub, and if the Harmed Brothers owe the path they’ve forged these past few years to any particular beer-soaked barroom along the way, it’s got to be the Fiddle.

It’s more than likely the place where, in early 2009, singer/songwriter Ray Vietti — already the veteran of one ambitious but ill-fated musical dream — first encountered Alex Salcido, and it’s probably where the two musicians first decided to jam. Soon enough, Vietti would come to recognize Salcido as a kindred spirit in both vision and song, and the young tunesmith would help write the Harmed Brothers saga with an insightful, often wistful lyrical and instrumental voice that offers a fitting complement to Vietti’s gritty baritone and powerful chords.

The fledgling duo paused in the Grove for a moment, gathering steam, trading tunes and talking possibilities, performing for crowds there and in nearby Eugene before striking out for the open road — their second home ever since and the undeniable inspiration for many of the songs and stories to follow.

Soon after their first meeting, Vietti and Salcido quickly recorded and released their independent debut, “All The Lies You Wanna Hear,” and began to tell the tales of love, loss, hard-drinking and redemption that have since endeared them to legions of fans and fellow musicians.

In 2011, the Harmed Brothers’ evolution as songwriters and as a touring act showed through with their sophomore effort, “Come Morning,” a release from Oklahoma-based Lackpro Records that sways with the rhythms of the road and the forlorn waltzes of a nation’s dive bars and dance halls.

These days, they call it “indiegrass,” the rustic American musical blend that celebrates and chronicles the physical and emotional gauntlet the Harmed Brothers have always ridden, zigzagging endlessly in vans across the nation. It’s an inclusive sound, the melding of two unique voices adorned each night with the contributions of the many pickers, singers and songwriters the Brothers have encountered in their travels.

It’s known as the “Harmed Family Roadshow,” and it’s as much a nightly happening as a sound in constant flux — from a jangly acoustic three-piece one night to a manic mariachi string band the next, a wall of rock-and-roll bombast at times giving way to the whispered incantations of two folk troubadours, often within the span of a single song.

Two years more on the road brought a European tour and a host of new fans, and by 2013, Salcido and Vietti stood poised to offer their most ambitious album to date. “Better Days,” recorded in a St. Louis studio and released by Portland, Oregon-based Fluff and Gravy Records, draws inspiration from themes of personal growth and redemption as well as the hurdles, heartbreaks and mishaps that have always accompanied the traveler’s search for enlightenment. Praised as “honest and inspired, devoid of posturing and pretense,” “Better Days” features some of the Harmed Brothers’ deepest grooves and their most plaintive and enduring tunes to date.

In the winter of 2015, the “Harmed Family Roadshow” gathered together in all its tattered glory in Portland, Oregon, the Brothers’ adopted home and headquarters, to begin amassing the riffs and recollections that will become their definitive recorded work. Due from Fluff and Gravy in early 2016, the album draws from the tales and talents of many of the duo’s closest collaborators and dearest friends. It promises textures never before captured on a Harmed Brothers release, brought together by the two visions and voices that propel the band toward an inspired and undeniable future.
Darrin Bradbury
Darrin Bradbury
Darrin Bradbury is an American satirist. A left-of-center folk singer. With a batch of songs that celebrate the humor and heartbreak of everyday American life, he’s spent the past decade traveling his way across the country, making pit stops at dive bars, listening rooms, punk houses, and world-class theaters along the way. The people he’s met during his cross-country trips — the seedy characters filling America’s underbelly, the corporate elite working out of corner offices, the blue-collar everymen who refill our coffee cups and ring up our purchases at Office Depot — all find their way into his music, which follows the left-of-center tradition of John Prine, Shell Silverstein and Steve Goodman.

Darrin grew up in New Jersey, raised by parents who’d met in the circus. (His mom was a clown for Ringum Barnum Bailey). In the age before Instagram and Wikipedia, Darrin broadened his horizons the old-fashioned way: by leaving town and hitting the highway as a teenager, visiting 38 of the 50 states before he turned 20 years old. He also began writing songs, focusing not only on melodies and chord progressions, but punchlines, too. To him, songwriting often felt more like writing an melodic comic strip.

A half-decade run as the frontman of Big Wilson River gave Darrin the chance to headline venues like Maxwells & Webster Hall in New York City. Even so, he did some of his best work as a solo artist. Traveling alone , playing as many as 125 DIY shows a year. He’d hit up a new college town, find the nearest bar, meet a new group of friends while downing a few beers and, before the night was up, book a show in whatever sort of venue presented itself. Sometimes, Darrin would find himself singing on proper a stage. Other times, he’d play his songs in the corner of a dorm room, hoping the cops didn’t show up. His audience grew steadily, one performance at a time, and Darren eventually pointed his car toward East Nashville, where the transient songwriter began putting down some roots in 2014 by moving to a local wal-mart parking lot and living out of his car for 3 months before settling in.

“I usually say sad songs about funny people, or funny songs about sad people,” he says. “It’s a sound rooted in American folk music, but I’m not trying to embrace any sort of tradition or contingency. I can’t sing about being a minor or riding a box car train. I can sing about sleeping in Wal Mart, though. It’s 21st century existentialism. The truth is the only thing that counts, so I focus on making myself laugh first, and if others get the joke, great.”

East Nashville has been kind to Darrin. It’s given him the chance to record a string of EPs with a rotating backup band, filled with pickers and players like Brian Wright, Tim Easton, Tim Carroll, Laur Jomets, and Megan Palmer. It’s allowed him the opportunity to gather praise from magazines like Rolling Stone, American Songwriter, No Depression & E2TG who featured his best-selling Bandcamp recording, The Story of Bob, in a glowing reviews. Finally, it’s given the transient songwriter a home, with Bradbury taking his place amongst the off-kilter folkies who help balance out Nashville’s country reputation.

Bradbury is still a traveler. This is just first stop along the way.
Soda Gardocki
Soda Gardocki
"A dark, mystical air hangs thick as a hot night on the bayou when Soda and His Million Piece Band convene. And with echoes of Dr. John's Cajun honky-tonk and Nick Cave's raw tales of woeful life and love, the band's self-titled debut could serve as a dusty, horn-and-mandolin-filled soundtrack to "Carnivale." That it comes as a brainchild of Soda -- former guitarist of the mid-'90s MTV flash Wax, a band best known for its Spike Jonze-directed video of a guy on fire running -- could come as a surprise."
Frank Farrar - Los Angeles Times - Los Angeles, Calif.

"Soda used to light up the frets in the kinetic pop punk band Wax, and among the many other members are more than a few seasoned hardcore punks. Theirs is the twilight world of dirt roads and mysterious groves of trees and the open prairie full of strangers on the outskirts of town. It's dusty and greasy, tender and cold-hearted all at once. "Lakeshore" is a sad-eyed waltz, a goodbye letter from a man who just can't be bothered to try anymore. "Christine" features some plucked and reverbed guitar and shuffling rhythms and some crazy blowing on a mic'd harmonica. These 10 tracks are all vignettes of American gothic, stories of the cold landscape of the great empty spaces, played by a fantastically crowded band. On slower numbers, like "Sinnerman" the multitude of musicians create their own thread in the tapestry of the song. Far from playing all over each other, they open up the space in the music." "
-review by www.culturebunker.com - www.culturebunker.com

"Like the bastard lovechild of the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and Tom Waits in Sin City, shitfaced via Jack Daniels. Or ZZTop on Morphine... I couldn't decide which.
-review by some lady on the internet - internet
Maria Carrelli
Maria Carrelli
Maria Carrelli is a singer/songwriter born and raised in Cincinnati Ohio. It's music, people! Come take a listen!
Joe Fletcher
Joe Fletcher
Joe Fletcher is a midwestern born, New England raised singer-songwriter living in East Nashville, TN. He released his third independent record, You've Got the Wrong Man, in October of 2014. This intimate solo album is a departure from his previous efforts with his band The Wrong Reasons (White Lighter and Bury Your Problems).

Made up of his gritty original songs as well as covers by his peers Brown Bird and Toy Soldiers, it was recorded live over a few months on a mobile recording unit in Rhode Island, Georgia, and Tennessee in the spirit of some of Joe's favorite records by Woody Guthrie, Leadbelly, Jimmie Rodgers, Bruce Springsteen, among others.

Now a three year veteran of the Newport Folk Festival, Joe has toured with The Devil Makes Three, Band of Heathens, Deer Tick and has opened for the likes Jason Isbell, Lucero, Robert Ellis, John Doe, The Low Anthem, and many more. Joe spends most of his time touring in what has truly been a grass roots operation thus far.
Ona, West Virginia is a small sliver of unincorporated ridges, creeks, and floodplains. It sprawls across Route 60 on its southern border and stretches up like a thick thumb almost reaching the Ohio River. It's home to one stop light, an Exxon, and a consolidated high school. Driving out its roads, you snake through shadowy hollows past rural suburbia. People's homes are tucked here and there where the folds of the land permit. A community of private property. Mortgaged acres. You'll see some trailers. You'll see some estates. You'll see a dog with one eye. You'll see the Beulah Ann Baptist Church.

Ona makes songs that take place in these spaces. Bradley Jenkins and Zack Owens write about passions slamming into roadblocks. They write about longing, resentment, searching, and waiting. They are backed by a tight rock and roll band comprised of Zach Johnston, Max Nolte, and Brad Goodall. The five of them create music that pulses and buzzes and echoes and rolls. It feels like standing with sweat in your eyes in grass up to your knees. It feels like getting your tennis shoes wet walking along the banks of the river. It feels like catching a buzz off a bottle your buddy stole from his brother and skipping track practice. It feels like taking a long walk into the trees when you can still hear them arguing inside the house.

Nobody in Ona is a millionaire. Everybody in Ona has to work in the morning.
Whiskey Bent Valley Boys
Whiskey Bent Valley Boys
Now these boy will take you through the hills of ol’ Kentucky, bearing the stores, traditions and liquor that date back a century. This old-time band delivers with an intensity that would knock the sock’s right off of their forefathers feet.

Hailing from the back woods of Pewee Valley, Kentucky. Whiskey Bent Valley pay’s homage to their southern kin.Songs from the tobacco fields to the rivers, iron skillets to moonshine stills, upbeat and professional, this band posesses the skill to honor history and preserve the instruments, their style and every authentic nuance of the day. With their sense of fashion, From overalls to string ties, straw hats to silk vests, along with a turbo charged performance, their approach breathes fire into this vintage genre.

Incorporating time honored treasures from such icons as Roscoe Holcomb, The Stanley Brothers, and fiddle legend Tommy Jarrell, or a roster of original compositions including crowd-pleasers “Graveyard Blues” or “Shady River” the band puts on a timeless, energiezed show, Playing everything from ballads, breakdowns, sea shanties, and swamp stomps. Audiences from children on their parent’s knee to packed saloons past midnight ,and finding favor with the older generation as well makes for a wide range of appeal.

The boys take cues from parents and grandparents who have tapped into folk country and bluegrass through festivals, radio and endless collections of vinyl recrodings. Band founder Col. Mason Dixon hails from a long line of musicians and will tell you it’s not so much in the whiskey as it is the DNA. Each member’s family performs and enjoys the indigenous music of the appalachian foothills and pastures of Kentucky.

Appearances on a wide range of radio and tv programs, state fairs ,square dance’s and festivals have brought them an active fan base for this region. Often times the boy’s bring a delicious yield of their summer crops to gigs in bushel baskets for the taking. Going even more down to earth, they are making their cd packaging “green.” All of their records are made from industrial hemp paper and recycled cardboard with environmentally-friendly, vegetable-based inks.

No matter whats chillin’ in your mason jar, sour mash or sweet tea, come on out for a live show where the Whiskey Bent Valley Boys will be pounding out the swing dancing, foot stompin, hard driving tunes that are guaranteed to tickle your innards.
Qiet is the culmination of this wild and wondrous world, infused with every culture on the planet and refined in the mountains of West Virginia. Our songs radiate an undeniable energy, passionate lyrics and humor dark as coal. A balance of high-energy chaos and perfect order, Qiet’s visceral performances will keep you dancing long after the concert’s over. Combining the elegant excesses of 1920’s jazz with the unpredictably of pure punk rock, what results is not just a show -- it is an experience.

Don’t believe us? Come and see for yourself.
Venue Information:
The Southgate House Revival
111 East 6th Street
Newport, KY, 41071