John Courage

HopMonk Sebastopol presents

John Courage

Travis Hayes, The American West

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

HopMonk Tavern - Sebastopol

Sebastopol, CA


This event is 21 and over

John Courage
John Courage
A distillation of wide ranging influences led to the material that became “GEMS”. The production ranges from sublime psychedelic sweeps, guitars disguised as synthesizers and mercenaries, bass lines that dwell and propel, and a dry drum smack that boogies to the backbeat of vintage soul, 90’s hip hop and trashy drum machine funk. The vocals wind tales through double stick melodies, with an unique commentary on Northern California’s underground industry. Ethereal synths, pianos and spooky loops frame the outer edges, while concert toms turn the beat back over on top of itself. Background vocals that sweep in layers play foil to plinky funk guitar lines that Quincy Jones may have prescribed.
A decade of personal preparation and study went into the making of our latest collection of work, our favorite work, and now we present something for this year and the next and the next. “GEMS”, by John Courage & The Great Plains, available online in June 2013.
Travis Hayes
Travis Hayes isn't the type to wear emotions on his sleeve. He saves that for his songs- brutally honest most of the time, and endearingly heartfelt all the time. Hayes continues the timeless tradition of soul-bearing songwriting to interpret our shared human experience into music.

Love, heartbreak, fading friendships, fraught relationships – they're all expressed achingly through his impassioned voice and melodic guitar lines. Hayes echoes the earnestness of Springsteen, the pop sensibility of Petty, and the raw emotion of Ryan Adams.

July 2014 marked the release of Hayes's debut album Young Daze. The album received critical acclaim from print and online media alike. The Deli Magazine praised Hayes's ability to "…blend quintessential American music styles that nod to artists like Tom Petty and John Cougar Mellencamp, while creating his own spin on his ballads, bringing a fresh and modern sound…" Infectious Magazine declared, "Travis Hayes's Young Daze will entrance you and prove to be the refreshing, crisp sound you've been looking for."

March 2015 brought a new feel for Hayes with the release of his acoustic EP Love Songs, featuring Emily Whitehurst (Tsunami Bomb / Survival Guide). SF Weekly dubbed the release "a heartfelt EP of acoustic folk-pop." San Francisco TV and print contributor Broke Ass Stuart suggested, "If you want your girlfriend to miss you while she's on vacation send her Love Songs, sung by a vocal duo whose harmony sounds as natural together as it is brutal on the ol' heart strings."

While Young Daze was a coming-of-age tale, and Love Songs touched on matters of the heart, Travis Hayes's sophomore LP Sleepless explores a darker reality. Hayes delves into the challenges that inevitably come with growing older- themes that keep him awake at night. Now accompanied by a full-time backing band, Hayes's sonic arrangements are grander, his vision is greater, and his words don't just ring now, they soar.

In his career, Hayes has shared the stage with acts such as Nathaniel Rateliff, Langhorne Slim and Chuck Ragan. In addition, he's made appearances at San Francisco's Noise Pop Festival, SXSW, Ocean Beach Music and Art Festival and embarked on many extensive tours around the United States. Simply put by Music Junkie Press, "If you are from the Bay Area and haven't been to a Travis Hayes show, then you are missing out."
The American West
The American West is a Portland based post-americana duo featuring Matthew Zeltzer and Maria Maita-Keppeler, whose debut album No Depression calls, " Words to the wise- A Warning." They will also being performing songs by Maria Maita-Keppeler (MAITA), of whose debut EP, American Standard Time calls, "focused, feminist American realist psalm.
Venue Information:
HopMonk Tavern - Sebastopol
230 Petaluma Ave
Sebastopol, CA, 95472