January 16, 2016
There are many musicians that are great with words, and more still that can play with passion and versatility, but the two together are inarguably more rare. Andy Stack (Jonah Smith, Suzanne Vega, Duncan Sheik) and Tania Elizabeth (The Avett Brothers, The Duhks, Mary Gauthier) are two such artists. Intensely musical and intuitive players, they are both known for their abilities to accompany others with amazing sensitivity and accuracy. In sharing the spotlight, they uplift each other, creating a synchronistic magic carpet ride that audiences can’t help but come along for.
The two met in a prohibition-era blues club in the middle of NYC, both having come to support a mutual friend who was playing there. A conversation about music turned into a four-hour jam session, and a duo was born. Their sound is an intoxicating blend of old and new; blues and gospel collide with kitchen-party fiddle riffs and crystal clear vocals; that shake the foundation of North American music. Somehow they manage to walk the dirt road back to its very beginnings, while simultaneously paving the way to the future of Americana.
Sometimes if you’re lucky, you find a person with whom you can see eye-to-eye with most of the time. Even more rarely do you meet someone who fits you so perfectly that from the first moment you meet, you can read each other so clearly as to be able to predict each move. To see the two play together, it’s obvious that there is an understanding between them, a foundation from which anything seems possible.
This show was originally scheduled for January 9th.
“Brilliant fiddle player Tania Elizabeth was one of the highlights of the festival. Elizabeth played a Celtic-inspired fiddle instrumental that was no short of mind-blowing” –Ed Jack, American Songwriter Magazine
“…it’s a far twang from ‘My Old Kentucky Home’ or ‘Foggy Mountain Breakdown’. Fragmented and dissonant, full of fragile melody and tensile strength, this music, played by Andy Stack, evokes cracked-glass lyricism” –NY Times
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