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Kelley McRae | Ryan Joseph Anderson
May 5, 2016 | 8:00 pm-10:00 pm$8
The great painter Georgia O’Keeffe once said, “When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for the moment.” Americana songwriter Kelley McRae approaches songwriting the same way, immersing herself in the meaning each song offers up. Her new album, The Wayside, released April 7th, 2016, explores the rugged, unfolding experience of life on the road. McRae’s vision is completed by co-writer, guitarist and husband Matt Castelein, whose distinctive guitar work and vocal harmonies add nuance and energy to the album. The Wayside, McRae says, “is the place along the side of the road where things get left behind, or where you go to rest awhile, or where you go find something you lost along the way.” McRae’s songs sip life from the tension between holding on and letting go, blooming in their rich search for truths.
Ryan Joseph Anderson paid his rock and roll dues as the bandleader for roots outfit Go Long Mule, guitar slinger for garage-rockers Rambos, and as a producer, sessions man, and touring musician for a variety of artists. His influences as a songwriter range from country blues to psychedelic folk. Anderson’s debut record “The Weaver’s Broom”, engineered and co-produced by Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes, Hooray for the Riff Raff), was released in April of 2014.