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Two Minnesota songwriters team up for a special double CD release show, featuring the best in original folk, Americana and gospel music. Frequent collaborators, Vicky Emerson and Mother Banjo have shared the stage many times and have played dates together in New York City and throughout the Midwest.
“In the two years since her fantastic self-titled release, Emerson has made shift from traditional country sound to one with the grit and passion of Americana artists such as Lucinda Williams. The resulting album, “Long Ride”, is the best work of her career.” -Philly News
“…Wisconsin native Vicky Emerson’s authenticity, her honeysuckle voice and her unerring sense of melody make the exquisite “Long Ride” anything but ordinary.” -Rochester Post-Bulletin
The popular adage about “living what you sing about” is an apt description of Vicky Emerson’s music. In the past five years, Emerson has called Wisconsin, Manhattan, and San Francisco home before recently relocating to Minneapolis. She has been here just long enough to record a new album, and is prepared to bring to Minneapolis stages the folky, Americana vibe that Emerson has become so well known for.
The new album, Dust & Echoes, is an exquisite, sophisticated, deeply personal collection of songs spanning a chaotic two year period which allowed Vicky to discover new depths of her strength and grit. Vicky explains, “The title of the album is a testament to where I am in my life right now. No matter what happens, we are all a product of our past and the roles we come to play are influenced by our memories and experiences.”
“genuinely poetic lyrics, landing somewhere between Gillian Welch and Lucy Kaplansky” -Star Tribune
“powerful songwriting” -Pioneer Press
Featuring Ellen Stanley on banjo and vocals, Mother Banjo is a New England-raised, Minneapolis-based songwriter. Called “an outstanding poet” (Inside Bluegrass), she was a Midwest Finalist for the prestigious Mountain Stage NewSong Contest and has been featured nationally on SiriusXM Radio.
Following up on the success of her CDs “Stray Songs” and “The Sad and Found” (named the #10 album of the year by the Pioneer Press) , she releases her highly anticipated new album The Devil Hasn’t Won. An Americana gospel collection produced by Steve Kaul, it showcases her all-star 5-piece band that includes guitarist Dan Gaarder (Trailer Trash, The Roe Family Singers), bassist Eric Paulson (The Cactus Blossoms, Jennifer Markey & The Tennessee Snowpants), mandolin player Jim Parker (Ukrainian Village Band, Town Hall Stompers) and pianist/drummer Ben Cook-Feltz (The Federales, Art Vandalay). Featuring lively originals and unique covers of songs that she calls “pub gospel,” the new album shows why Mother Banjo has been hailed for her poetic songwriting and powerful vocals.