ROOTS CAFÉ SINGER-SONGWRITER SERIES
Adam “Red Sammy” Trice & Tony Denikos
performing original compositions in the round
with your singing host Geoffrey Himes
Admission: $7 in advance/$9 at the door
Adam “Red Sammy” Trice:
In 2005, local Baltimore songwriter, Adam Trice, founded Red Sammy, which he describes as a “graveyard-country-rock band." The band name, a reference to Flannery O'Connor's 1955 short story, "A Good Man is Hard To Find," suggests the band's stark storytelling and gritty music, part southwest-rock, part Cash and Escovedo. The Big Takeover described the band's debut album, “Dog Hang Low," as “finely honed, melancholy roots-rock. Trice’s raspy baritone rides herd on quiet, ambling country rock, creating the perfect dusky atmosphere for the brooding tunes." Trice, an MFA graduate from the University of Baltimore, has also published a book of poetry, “In Places with Bad Lighting."
Tony Denikos’ most recent release, 2009’s “Already Gone," boasts 11 originals that blend personal storytelling and foot-stomping backbeats in a manner that reflects the influence of everyone from John Fogerty to John Prine, from Lowell George to Graham Parker. The album charted at #2 on the Euro Americana Charts and at #7 on the Freeform American Roots Chart. Backing up Denikos was world-class cast of players, including drummer Timm Beiry (Nils Lofgren, Danny Gatton); bassists Dave Roe (Johnny Cash, Dwight Yoakam) and Dave Jacques (John Prine, Emmylou Harris); keyboardist Phil Madeira (Emmylou Harris); and, guitarists Gantt Kushner and Warner E. Hodges (Jason and the Scorchers).
Though he is best known as a music critic for the Washington Post, Baltimore City Paper, Nashville Scene, Jazz Times, No Depression, Paste and others, Geoffrey Himes is also a longtime singer-songwriter who has co-written songs with Fred Koller, Walter Egan, Sonia Rutstein, Billy Kemp, Stephen Wade, Jim Patton, Ed Pettersen, Paul Margolis, Josh Charles, Timothy Bracken, Andrew Grimm, Bob Kannenberg and others. This month Himes will premiere his new song, “Should Have Been."
UPCOMING SHOWS IN THE ROOTS CAFÉ SINGER-SONGWRITER SERIES
AT AN DIE MUSIK LIVE:
February 12: TBA
March 4: Sonia & Howard Markman
April 15: TBA
May 6: TBA
June 3: Arty Hill & TBA
OTHER ROOTS CAFÉ SHOWS:
May 26 (tentative): Fourth annual “Night of 1000 Dylans” concert for the Creative Alliance at the Patterson featuring TBA