Roots Cafe Singer-Songwriter Series
The Hello Strangers’ Larissa Smith and Brechyn Chace
(the Pennsylvania sisters who often open for the Stone Hill All-Stars and who recently won the AirPlay Direct "Win an Americana Record Deal Contest" to record their next album in Nashville)
Perform their own songs in the round, with your singing host Geoffrey Himes
Tickets: $7 in advance, $9 at door
What does Austin-influenced, rural-Pennsylvanian, indie sister-folk sound like? The Hello Strangers, a sister duo whose haunting harmonies and original, wittily noir songwriting style are the backbone of their sound.
Larissa Chace Smith and Brechyn Chace began writing songs and performing together in Austin, Texas in 2006. Since moving back to the Northeast in 2007, the sisters have created a catalogue of original music with nods to American folk traditions, modern indie rock, Texas country-folk, and roots rock, all tied together with lilting harmonies that only sisters can create. Timeless imagery and fables are at the core of each song, from tales of a boggy creek bottom where a murdered man sleeps, to a Texas roadhouse with bawdy dancers and clinking beer bottles, to more poignant reflections on the loss of winter or a man gone wrong. The Hello Strangers recently won the AirPlay Direct "Win An Americana Record Deal Contest" and will have the honor of working with IMI Music in Nashville, Tennessee on their forthcoming album. No Surf Music calls them “perhaps the most exciting prospects on the Americana scene today, with dark, perfectly crafted lyrics expressed through a pair of harmonious voices literally born to sing together and coated in folk-inspired music bolstered by a fresh, modern attitude.”
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, “Hey, Little Robin."
April 14: Tom Chalkley & Bob Friedman
May 12: The Polkats’ John Shock & Mike Barth
June 23: Tony Denikos & Alan MacEwen
July 14: Adam “Red Sammy” Trice and Letitia VanSant
August 18: TBA
September 8: Phil Wiggins & Max Ochs