Woody Lissauer and Randy Austin
perform their own songs in the round
with your singing host Geoffrey Himes
Tickets: $7 in advance, $9 at door
Woody Lissauer has played in many of the Mid-Atlantic region’s top rock groups—Multiplex, the Gordon Michael Band, U.S. Bang and Crack the Sky—but it was with his own group, Cubic Feet, that he made his biggest impression. His songwriting won him a publishing deal with Warner Bros. Publishing, and his performances got his videos on Much Music, Canada’s MTV. Cubic Feet's recordings were produced by Peter Solley (Romantics, Peter Frampton, Oingo Boingo) and engineered by Shelly Yakus (Tom Petty, Stevie Nicks), leading to international airplay. In the late-‘90s, he shifted gears to explore Anglo-Celtic folk music, and these days he combines all those experiences in writing and performing songs strong enough to work with a band or just one man and his guitar. This month he will be previewing the songs from his forthcoming new album.
Between the mid-‘70s and early-‘90s, Randy Austin played in such notable Washington bands as the Graverobbers, the Slim Jims and the legendary original D.C. punk band Overkill. During that time he was also music director for the Washington Improv Theater. In 2001 he moved to Baltimore, where is now head of the House of Bamboo Recording Studio and music director at Govans Presbyterian Church. He was also a performer in the 2005 version of “A Baltimore Christmas Carol,” hosted by the Creative Alliance at the Paterson Theatre. His song, “Holiday Depression," has appeared on the Hungry for Music CD series. More recently he’s been playing steel guitar with the Gopills and with movie star Mink Stole.
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, Paul Margolis, Josh Charles, Andrew Grimm, Bob Kannenberg and others. This month Himes will premiere his new song, “I Slept with Your Sister."
UPCOMING SHOWS IN THE ROOTS CAFÉ SINGER-SONGWRITER SERIESAT AN DIE MUSIK:
August 5: Victoria Vox & Karen Collins
September 30: The Beltways’ Jay Filippone and Bob Kannenberg
October 28: Lisa Matthews & Mikel Gehl
November 11: Sam Nitzberg & Matt Douglass
December 9: Fifth annual Roots Café Christmas Show
OTHER ROOTS CAFÉ SHOWS:
November 17: Third annual Streets of Baltimore: Songs of Our City