The Tenth Brooklyn Country Music Festival, August
            20-23, 2015 at the Bell House
Ramblin' Jack Elliot
Ramblin' Jack Elliot is a National Medal of The Arts recipient for his contribution to American folk music, a five-time Grammy nominee and a two-time Grammy winner. He has recorded forty albums; wrote one of the first trucking songs, Cup of Coffee, recorded by Johnny Cash; championed the works of new singer-songwriters, from Bob Dylan and Kris Kristofferson to Tim Hardin; became a founding member of Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue; and continued the life of the traveling troubadour influencing Jerry Jeff Walker, Guy Clark, Tom Russell The Grateful Dead and countless others.

At seventy-seven, Ramblin' Jack is still on the road, still seeking those people, places, songs and stories that are hand-crafted, wreaking of wood and canvas, cowhide and forged metal.  You'll find him in the sleek lines of a long haul semi-truck, in the rigging of an old sailing ship, in the smell of a fine leather saddle.

Ramblin' Jack Elliot closes out The Tenth Brooklyn Country Music Festival at The Bell House, Sunday, August 23, 2015 at 9pm.

The 10th Brooklyn Country Music Festival
August 20-23, 2015 at The Bell House

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Thursday, August 20, 2015,
The 10th Brooklyn Country Music Festival, Day One

North of Amarillo by Brian Geltner
North of Amarillo
(Thursday, 6pm, Frontier Room)

North of Amarillo is dedicated to reviving and reinterpreting the songs of the first ladies of country including songs and arrangements made famous by the great Emmylou Harris, Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette and Dolly Parton as well as many other classic country classics. Their front-lady Kelli Scarr, a consummate songwriter in her own right, brings new life to these country classics with her energetic guitar playing and singing style. The band features the talents of Brooklyn's finest country pickers Luca Benedetti and Jason Loughlin on dueling telecasters, pedal steel extraordinaire Jonathan Lam, Scott Colberg on bass and Arthur Vint on drums. (Photo by Brian Geltner)

Miss Tess & The Talkbacks
Miss Tess & The Talkbacks
(Thursday, 8pm, Main Event Hall)

Miss Tess & The Talkbacks is a grooving rock ‘n’ roll band rooted in swinging blues, throwback country, and rockabilly music from Brooklyn, NY. Front and center in this tight quartet is soulful songwriter and skilled guitarist, Miss Tess. She possesses a voice that is, "alternately seductive and sexy, and is a pure joy to listen to” (Pop Matters).

With multiple US tours and several releases under their belts, Miss Tess & The Talkbacks has proven to be one of the most exciting acts on the blossoming Americana scene. The band, with its self-described modern vintage sound, is currently in the studio writing and recording material for their tenth album. A sneak preview of two of their new tunes will be released as a 45 single and download in spring, 2015 on Signature Sounds Recordings (Lake Street Dive, Eilen Jewell, Chris Smither, Josh Ritter, Erin McKeown).

The Paisley Fields
The Paisley Fields
(Thursday, 830pm, Frontier Room)

The Paisley Fields are a country band based in city where the blue of the sky is snatched from skyscrapers. There is no doubt Brooklyn has more concrete than fields. But the band is unapologetic about pushing boundaries and seeking inspiration in the unexpected.

Singer/songwriter/pianist James Wilson is not the cowboy hat wearing, good old boy one pictures when thinking about country music. The Brooklyn resident and lead singer cuts a different kind of cowboy figure.

Wilson also happens to be a gay man.

In 2010, Wilson spent a year living in Japan and making music with his band Sora Ocean. His time living in the Japanese countryside made him realize he wanted to make a change in his life.

Back in New York, Wilson spoke to his longtime collaborator Jessica Kimple about forming a band together, a country band. Growing up in Iowa, Wilson listened to country musicians like Dolly Parton and Johnny Cash. Kimple, a trained opera singer and an Iowa native, signed on immediately. In 2012, The Paisley Fields played their first gig. The band added Anna Volpe to the mix in 2014. Volpe is also a trained opera singer.

The Paisley Fields’ second EP is due out in August, followed by their first full length album.

The Brain Cloud by Ahron
                      R. Foster
The Brain Cloud
(9pm, Main Event Hall)

The Brain Cloud - Born in 2010, the Brain Cloud is the brain-child of multi-instrumentalist Dennis Lichtman. The band’s self-titled 2011 debut album captures their remarkable sound – from the inimitable vocal stylings of Tamar Korn to Lichtman’s fresh arrangements, with plenty of hot picking and hard swinging from the entire sextet.

Dennis Lichtman is a man of many musical minds, jumping genres and instruments incessantly, sometimes within one show, or even within one song. He is equally at home on mandolin, fiddle, and clarinet. He has toured the world as a traditional-jazz clarinetist, graced many a bluegrass festival stage as a fiddler, and devoted much time to the study of early 20th century Brazilian mandolin music. Along the way, he has performed and recorded with top masters in each of those genres. He is in constant demand as a session musician, arranger, and sideman in New York’s hopping music scene.

In early 2010, Lichtman joined forces with Tamar Korn, whom he had known for two years as bandmates in the old-timey jazz outfit the Cangelosi Cards. This new band’s purpose was to delve into a side of American music for which they shared a fondness, but had not fully explored in the horn-heavy Cangelosi Cards. If western swing had not been invented 75 years prior, this would have been the moment for its creation – a meeting point of bluegrass/string-band music/early country with early jazz, with loads of energy and no rules.

In addition to Lichtman and Korn, the Brain Cloud includes Skip Krevens (guitar and vocals), Raphael McGregor (steel guitar), Kevin Dorn (snare drum), and Andrew Hall (bass). Each is a masterful instrumentalist in his own right, and each brings a unique perspective, impeccable musicianship, and a distinctive voice to the mix. McGregor’s whimsical slipping and sliding, Skip’s hot licks and occasional vocal, Dorn’s air-tight pulse, and Hall’s meaty slap-bass.

Jack Grace Band by Joao Castellano
Jack Grace Band
Thursday, August 20, 2015
10pm, Main Event Hall

Jack Grace Band -
Jack Grace’s form of experimental country art rock has been compared to everything from Frank Zappa to early Johnny Cash — or “Cole Porter meets Gene Autry” as the New York Times once wrote.

Seven album releases and tracks featured in the films Super Troopers and Beer Fest have earned Jack a growing following and a steady hum of praise. While his previous release, "Drinking Songs for Lovers," added mariachi horns inspired by his yearly pilgrimage to Tulum, Mexico,  his latest release, "Everything I Say Is A Lie", is due out in the fall and features Norah Jones and is produced by Eric "Roscoe" Ambel.

As Alan Young of the New York Press raved at the time, what sets Jack’s songs “apart from the rest of the country or alt-country scene is his laugh-out-loud, absurdest wit. Not only is this a great party album and a great driving album but it’s also very smart and very funny.”

Andrew Sovine by JW Photograph
Andrew Sovine & Friends
Thursday, August 20, 2015
11pm, Frontier Room

Andrew Sovine - I was born in Nashville, TN into a musical family. started playing guitar when I was four years old. Soon I was playing in the family band, and constantly asking my uncle to show me how to play Beatles songs. I quickly began attempting to play every instrument I could get my hands on. Eventually I added banjo, mandolin, trumpet, lap steel/dobro, and harmonica to my arsenal. I own an accordion, but you don't want to know about that.

In my teens I began playing at church, coffee shops, and the downtown bars and honky tonks in my hometown. Seeing players like Redd Volkaert, Brent Mason, and Kenny Vaughan up close at such a young age was equally humbling and inspiring. The honky tonks led to regional tours and a love/hate relationship with vans.

In 2005 I was invited to join Grammy nominated, eleven time ICM vocal group of the year The Fox Brothers on tour. The brothers liked that i could play a lot of different things and graciously feautured that every night. This included a solo trumpet performance of "Amazing Grace" that brought the crowd to their feet on most occasions.

After touring for several years with the Foxes, I went on to play on the road and in the studio with such artists as Big Kenny (Big & Rich,) Wynonna, Chase Rice, Don Gallardo, Cale Tyson, Kelsey Waldon, and Ashley McBryde to name just a few.

As of August 2014 I'm living in Brooklyn NY and digging into the music scene up here. I'm fronting a band most of the time and playing around the city at a few different clubs. There's a tremendous amount of good music up here and I'm excited to be a part of the club. Check the calendar, come on out to a show, and say hey sometime.

                        Hill And Alex Battles

Linda Hill & Alex Battles, BCMF co-hosts

                      Tonk Radio Girl
Honky Tonk Radio Girl


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