TENDER MERCIES: Songs and Stories From Our American Roots – Bobtown
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
With their distinctive original songs and vocal arrangements, NYC-based Bobtown is recognized as taking an unconventional and refreshing approach to the tradition of folk and Americana. WFUV's John Platt chose the quintet as one of his top three music discoveries of 2013, and Americana UK perhaps summed up the band best when they said, "If you're looking for acoustic, Gothic-folk-Americana kissed with gorgeous harmonies then look no further." Bobtown has since released three successful albums: Bobtown, A History of Ghosts, and Trouble I Wrought.
KAREN DAHLSTROM / Vocals, Guitar
ALAN LEE BACKER / Banjo, Guitar, Dobro, Vocals
KATHERINE ETZEL / Vocals, Drums, Accordion, Ukulele
FRED STESNEY / Vocals, Bass
JEN MCDEARMAN / Vocals, Percussion
Inspired by the Oscar-winning film Tender Mercies, written by the great American storyteller Horton Foote and starring Robert Duvall & Ellen Barkin, the festival will feature artists who celebrate colorful American stories and songs about people on the margins, often seeking a second chance. Echoing the musical interests of the younger generation in The Sheen Center's neighborhood, the festival also fits this year's mission to explore mercy and forgiveness as part of Pope Francis' "Year of Mercy," alongside other programming such as the sold-out engagement of David Mamet's The Anarchist and the current gallery exhibit Die Jim Crow featuring art from prison inmates.