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Joey Beltram | Alize Jereh
September 3, 2016 | 9:00 pm-11:00 pm$8
Not one to stay put for long, prolific Ohio songwriter Joey Beltram has earned fans and friends through repeated solo motorcycle tours across the states. His songs describe the mix of exhilaration and longing that accompany these nomadic departures.
Beltram’s long-running project Goodmorning Valentine is eclectic Americana. His music embraces the upbeat rhythms of Motown and ’60s rock & pop, while paying tribute to the timeless songcraft that extends from Cole Porter to Johnny Cash, and to the world-weary musings of later decades’ artists like Jeff Tweedy and Tom Waits. Beltram’s unforgettable melodies and powerful, plaintive vocals carry spare sparse lyrics against a sophisticated chamber-pop backdrop.
Of Goodmorning Valentine, The Big Takeover said, “The sense of wide-open space meeting the expanse of time that is at the heart of American roots music pervades, rich and dewy.”
Beltram’s succinct and tuneful vignettes raise a toast to our collective heartache, mourn the turn of seasons and love’s unraveling, and rejoice in music’s redemptive promise.
“Less-is-more lyrical tales of revelation and resignation . . . this is music for late nights in the dark, holding on to the one you love.” —AMERICANA UK