A new music series in the High Country will continue on Sunday April 22 when Boone Unitarian Universalist Fellowship hosts local and regional favorite singer songwriter Alexa Rose and her friends Clint Roberts and Jackson Emmer for an evening of original songs and the stories, ideas, or moments that inspired them. The evening will begin at 6:00 PM with a community pot-luck in the Founder’s House with music beginning at 7:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall. A suggested donation of $15 per person will support the performers and (if extra) Fellowship outreach.
The first show of the series on February 14 was a great evening. Both the audience and performers had a great experience getting to know each other at the pre-show pot-luck then enjoyed the chance to have songs shared in a setting where the music and words could really be heard and shared.
Rev. Tommy Brown, Ministry Consultant at Boone Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, says of the series, “Boone and this region is filled with wonderful singer songwriters like Alexa Rose. What we haven’t had is a great listening room venue in which these artists can really share their amazing songs.” Brown continued, “The idea for the Muusic Room is to bring to Boone and High Country an evening of music like one can experience in Nashville at the famous Bluebird Cafe or other venues where the folks who write the songs come and share them in a acoustic listening room space where the songs and music can be really heard and appreciated.”
The Muusic Room at BUUF featuring Alexa Rose and guests is also scheduled in 2018 for Wednesday July 11.
Each evening will begin at 6 PM with a Community Pot-Luck meal in the BUUF Founder’s House. Members of BUUF and the community are invited to bring salad, sides, entrees, dessert and other items to share. The evening is also bring-your-own-beer-or-wine. Following the meal, the performance will begin at 7 PM in the adjacent Fellowship Hall. This is an intimate space with good acoustics. Each singer-songwriter will have about 20 minutes to share a selection of their original songs during the first hour. In the second hour all three performers will come back to share songs in a song-circle format where they can play with one another in an original and non-rehearsed format. This sharing may include new songs inspired by each evening’s theme or inspiration.
WNCW’s Local Color wrote of Alexa Rose, “Alexa Rose’s voice is a dream come true. It pivots from more traditional Americana sounds all the way to older tones, like folk tales from an ancient shore.” Her website (alexarosemusic.com) states, “Carolina songstress Alexa Rose crafts clever lyrics and boot-tapping mountain magic in her own brand of modern folk. She has spent her formative years curating original music in the Blue Ridge, releasing two albums in her early twenties. You can often catch her sporting her dusty Frye boots in some southern lagoon, or on the regional radio stations that spin her latest full-length release, “Low and Lonesome.” Written on a hand me down guitar from her mother, the title track is a toast to Rose’s heritage, and its anthem-like chorus haunts the listener with a somberness evocative of Gillian Welch. Her band currently tours under the moniker, Alexa Rose & The Midnight Stringbird, and delivers heartfelt performances with stringed instruments and warm family-style harmonies. Since Rose began her run as a touring artist last year, she and her bandmates have shared stages with Jessica Lea Mayfield, The Ragbirds, and The Wild Reeds. Her song “Lottery Ticket” was featured WNCW’s Midnight Folk pick of the week, and “Borrow Your Heart” was a finalist in the 2017 Chris Austin Songwriting Contest. In October 2016, Rose won Asheville NC’s Brown Bag Songwriting Contest.”
Jackson Emmer’s (www.jacksonemmer.com) lyrically playful and intimate Americana style is as gleeful as it is irreverent. Combining an authentic country spirit with an honest and modern perspective, Emmer connects with listeners in the time-honored storytelling tradition. His songwriting is often compared to that of John Prine, Townes Van Zandt, and Guy Clark. Emmer has performed hundreds of shows around the country, sharing the stage with Leon Bridges, The Suitcase Junket, and Gill Landry (Old Crow Medicine Show) and many others. He’s now touring nationally in support of his upcoming 2018 release “Jukebox,” via Lost Honey Records. Emmer lives in Carbondale, CO.
After graduating from high school in Brevard, Clint Roberts (clintrobertsmusic.com) spent some time in college at ASU in Boone. His time in school was largely spent driving between Boone, Brevard, and Asheville playing shows and recording the songs he had written as a teenager. These recordings resulted in his debut EP, Where the Heart Is, a collection of six songs that explore heartbreak, mental illness, and existentialism through fictional narratives. Marked by dramatic lyrics, sweet melodies, and the use of traditional folk instruments, Clint released Where the Heart Is independently in 2015 to acclaim from his growing fan base. A Southeastern tour followed the release of Where the Heart Is, and Clint made time along the way to write new music. By the time he had returned from tour he had enough material to begin recording again, and by the summer of 2017 production for the new record, Hamlet Blues, was finished. With a new record in tow, Clint moved to Nashville, TN at the beginning of spring 2017.
“We hope everyone comes out on Earth Day,” said Brown, “It will be a night of great music and community that you won’t want to miss. We welcome everyone!” The Fellowship Hall at BUUF holds just over a 100 persons, parking is available at the church, next door at AJ’s tire, or in the Town of Boone lot on Tracey Circle. For more information please call Boone Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at 828-264-4456 or contact Rev. Tommy Brown at [email protected].
You must be logged in to post a comment.