The Sam Chase

HopMonk tavern

The Sam Chase

Steep Ravine

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

HopMonk Tavern - Sebastopol

Sebastopol, CA

$15.00

Off Sale

This event is 21 and over

The Sam Chase
The Sam Chase
The Sam Chase has a voice like a Nun on the lam with a mouthful cigarettes and curse words in a lonely bar, drunkenly dancing next to a broken jukebox. His songs are scribbled, not written, on lipstick and sweat stained motel bedsheets because he likes the way the ink bleeds. His guitar runs on diesel and leaks like the morning after too much Whiskey. His is a show you'll probably want to tattoo on your body so everyone will know that you knew him before he was cool. He began to write music at the age of 14. He still has every scrap of paper he scribbled his terrible lyrics on and on occasion can even recall the infantile melodies and riffs that accompanied them.

In 2012, the world was gifted the release of his long awaited first studio album, THE SAM CHASE WILL LEAD US TO VICTORY. Its aim is to blow your mind. Its goal is world peace, where everyone wins, where victory is a basic human right. If all goes according to plan, The Sam Chase will lead you there.

THE SAM CHASE has had the honor to share the stage with some incredible acts such as: k.d.lang and the Sis Boom Bang, Justin Townes Earle, Lucinda Williams, Poor Man's Whiskey, Herman Dune, The Brothers Comatose, and many more. He sees every stage, any raised surface, or any plot of land as a challenge to conquer it, and win the audience over. THE SAM CHASE is coming for the glory.
Steep Ravine
Steep Ravine
Steep Ravine's soulful sound takes roots music in compelling new directions. Fusing elements of folk-rock, bluegrass, and jazz, the band continues to enthrall audiences with their uniquely Californian sound. Songwriter Simon Linsteadt (guitar, lead vocals) and Jan Purat (violin, vocals) began playing music together in high school in Northern California, later moving on to study music at UC Santa Cruz and the California Jazz Conservatory. They fortuitously met bassist Alex Bice (bass, vocals) through jam sessions in Santa Cruz. Percussionist Jeff Wilson, a close musical compadre, is the band’s most recent addition. Steep Ravine has toured extensively throughout the country and has released two full-length records of all original material.

Following their humble beginnings playing at a Hawaiian barbecue spot in Santa Cruz and busking in the BART Metro Stations of San Francisco, Steep Ravine quickly gained a following in the Bay Area and throughout the west. After the release of their debut record TRAMPIN’ ON, the band went on several national tours, including notable performances at High Sierra Music Festival, Four Corners Folk Festival, Outside Lands, and Strawberry Music Festival. In 2015, Steep Ravine released their second record THE PEDESTRIAN, diving deeper into new musical terrain.
For The Pedestrian, Steep Ravine ventured back to familiar territory, recording afresh at John Vanderslice's renowned analog-based Tiny Telephone Studios under the skillful guidance of Jacob Winik (Samantha Crain, John Vanderslice), who also engineered and mixed their debut album. Most of the guitar, mandolin, and banjo tracks were recorded by Linsteadt alone in a cabin in West Marin, where he also captured the haunting hoot of the Great Horned Owl under a late night sky. The album was mastered by Bob Weston at Chicago Mastering Service.

Thematically the majority of the ten original songs penned by Linsteadt explore a personal but very universal inner dialogue—those conversations we all have within ourselves that nobody else hears, be they thoughts of nostalgia, longing or doubt. The lead-off track "Adeline" is akin to the daydreaming subconscious mind as it asks"Are you feeling better?" and answers back "Yes I'm feeling fine" in Linsteadt's smooth intimate voice backed by soothing harmonies. Purat's traditional bluegrass-style twin fiddle playing on the western tinged "Shadow of a Cloud" is punctuated by the driving resonance of Bice's bass playing, and some fine banjo work by Linsteadt. "Tom Foolery" is a lighthearted glimpse of that side of ourselves that has doubts and makes mistakes, "I blame it on Tom Foolery", with Purat's violin playing the part of a jazz horn player. The beautifully fingerpicked "Grenadine" slips in and out of reality and dream as it explores the split between fast-paced city life versus the more peaceful life in the countryside. "Daylight in a Jail Cell" is themed around a subject that many touring musicians can relate to, that of being a prisoner of the road.

Filled with evocative and melodic songwriting, soulful singing and rich instrumentation, Steep Ravine's laidback sound goes down easy on The Pedestrian. In support of the new album Steep Ravine will be touring throughout 2015.
Venue Information:
HopMonk Tavern - Sebastopol
230 Petaluma Ave
Sebastopol, CA, 95472
http://www.hopmonk.com/sebastopol/