Lydia Loveless, a fierce young Americana singer from Ohio, will make her Hampton Roads debut at the Hampton Taphouse on Friday, Dec. 7. It's the start of string of shows coming to the downtown pub.
Taphouse proprietor Peter Pittman recently reported that the following events are on the schedule. Stay up on what's happening there at The Taphouse Facebook page.
7 Lydia Loveless, $6 cover
14 Miss Tess and The Talkbacks, $6
15 The High Street Lowlifes, $5
21 Buckroe Reggae Fundraiser
27 Yarn, $10 advance and $15 day of show
5 Town Mountain
11 Alex Vans and the Hide Away
19 William Walter
Yarn is a mostly acoustic group that's been winning over fans steadily in recent years. "The Brooklyn-based band's sound owes as much to Gram Parsons and Earl Scruggs as to Jerry Garcia and 'Exile On Main Street'-era Rolling Stones," the band's bio suggests.
Led by singer and primary songwriter Blake Christiana, the band has released four albums. The most recent is "Come On In" from 2010.
Coincidentally, John Oates (of Hall and Oates fame) recently worked with the group. When I interviewed him to preview Wednesday's Hall and Oates show in Newport News, I asked him about Yarn.
"They’re fantastic," Oates told me. "I wrote a couple of songs with them. They’ve recorded two of them, “Tear Me Down” “My Sweet Analee” Hopefully they’ll play them [in Hampton]. I recorded with them, too, did some guitar work. ... I first saw them play live at Mountain Stage in West Virginia and we hit it off. We talked about collaborating and later got together ...
"This sort of thing gives me a chance to work with new people, tap into what they’re all about," Oates said, naming Donavon Frankenreiter, Daphne Willis and Jim Lauderdale as recent collaborators. "I’ve been working with a lot of interesting people. It’s been really cool."
[Daryl Hall and John Oates perform at the Ferguson Center for the Arts on Wednesday, Dec. 5.]
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