The Cass Collective Presents JENNIE KNAGGS/THE SURE SHOTS, NOMAN, and THE EMPTY ORCHESTRA at PHONOTROPIC in the Vernors

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 20, 2009
doors at 9PM, show at 9PM
tickets: $5

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JENNIE AND THE SURE SHOTS with special guestsNOMAN and EMPTY ORCHESTRA: Jennie and the Sure Shots is an acoustic trio that echoes Country, Western Swing and Old Timey music, but has carved its own space without sucumbing to nostalgia or camp. It seems nearly impossible that singer Jennie Knaggs is Michigan-bred, yet has this music in her back pocket like she learned it on the front porch of an Appalachian cottage. Although The Sure Shots are a shiny, new group, each member brings years of musical experience to bear. Their original songs sit comfortably side by side with classics of the genre, which are delieverd in an inimitable style. *** Jennie Knaggs moved to Detroit four years ago and her singular talent has made her a fixture on the city's music scene. Her prodigious voice excels in lost honky-tonk and western swing songs of yesteryear, but is equally convincing in her rock band, I,Crime. She is the 2000 Hollerin' Champion of Wise Co., Virginia and Letcher Co., Kentucky. One day she'll hitch back down there to claim her prizes. Jennie is also found tickling accordion for Circus Detroit and singing back-up vocals with Odu Afro-beat Orchestra. Nick Schillace is internationally recognized as a solo instrumentalist who has made a significant contribution to the American Primitive guitar canon with his releases Box Canyon (2005) and Landscape and People (2008.) Nick is also sought after as a scholar, educator and collaborator. His current work includes playing tenor guitar in the Odu Afrobeat Orchestra, electric guitar in the duo Indoorpark (with percussionist Jon Moshier) and acoustic instruments in the experimental/traditional music group, Duo un Duo, with Joel Peterson. He has toured and performed with other finger picking notables, including Jack Rose, Keenan Lawler and Glenn Jones. The Sure Shots finds Nick singing, writing and playing banjo, mandolin and resophonic guitar in the traditions he grew up with. Multi-instrumentalist Joel Peterson has spent 15 years performing in some of Detroit's most noted groups, including Immigrant Suns, Scavenger Quartet (with Frank Pahl), Kindred (with Faruq Z. Bey) and dozens of other projects. He's collaborated with or backed-up creative musicians in several genres, including Eugene Chadbourne, Rhys Chatham, Damo Suzuki, Thollem McDonas, Skeeter Shelton, Luc Houtkamp and The Violent Femmes. He ran Bohemian National Home, Detroit's leading music/art space, until 2008. THE EMPTY ORCHESTRA: "They're torchbearers of the rough edge urban folk of Billy Bragg, or the smoky idiosyncratic poet-blues of Tom Waits and a revival of classic 70's singer/songwriter balladry--only amped up with a squadron of talented musicians bringing a fire to even the slower tunes...The distinct sound of classic American R&B, that meloncholic escapism, that near-bluesy visceral howl and that near-country twang, combined with a distinct whirlwind alt-rock urgency, beautiful intertwining guitars, be it the strummed acoustic, the steady rhythm or the more exertive lead, with its solos and pedal roars...an invigorating live band." - Jeff Milo, Real Detroit Weekly

 

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