Skip The Needle (Acoustic Set), Gina Villalobos, Amee Chapman at Ivy Room
Skip The Needle (Acoustic Set) Skip The Needle is a collaboration of four bandleaders: Shelley Doty, Kofy Brown, Katie Colpitts and Vicki Randle. Our mission: to annihilate with love! Born from group of friends all veterans of multiple bands, tours, recording, jamming together. They immediately started creating original music and had so much fun, they decided to go for it. Reckless, eclectic, fearless, if Sly Stone, Jimi Hendrix, Chrissie Hynde and Chaka cloned a baby, this would be the result. Listen out for soul, rock, funk, vocal harmonies and wild instrumental explorations. Gina Villalobos: Gina Villalobos is an American alt-country, rock, and singer-songwriter. Known for her willingness to dwell unflinchingly in reality, Villalobos goes deep, holding her heart up in all its vulnerable lucidity. Her lines & melodies scrape away the layers of denial that get us through the everyday. Like the realist short stories of Raymond Carver, her songs are visceral anthems in which one senses the bottom has fallen out, making visible the seriousness of what's at stake, the songs affirm that possibility has always existed...and in fact still exists. In an era when most Americana/Roots-oriented songwriting reaches for relevance by hanging onto tropes that feel outdated and nostalgic, Villalobos' songs are shocking in their ability to capture the grave emotional tone of our surreal collective current moment. Her breakthrough came in 2005 when she became one of the most acclaimed new artists in the alternative country scene with her breakthrough album Rock 'n' Roll Pony, which legendary BBC disc jockey Bob Harris called "a contender for album of the year." Her follow-up release, Miles Away, increased her profile and cemented the album as "timeless and combines every element that makes a recording a classic..." (Paste Magazine). Villalobos' fourth solo album, Days on Their Side, reveals "a new depth with the slightest shift in light...taking the Lucinda Williams/Sheryl Crow model to a new level." -(American Songwriter magazine). Her most recent offering, Sola was described as "confident & instantly addictive." (Mojo Magazine) In late 2015, Villalobos wrote and produced music for the Golden Globe Award- and Emmy Award-winning Amazon Studios TV show Transparent. The derivative work of the 1971 Sly and the Family Stone hit "Family Affair" featured the vocals of Ruby Friedman and was used in the trailer promoting the launch of the show's second season. Villalobos is nothing if not dead serious. Her music is deeply rooted in time, place, and history. She's the real thing: an artist who can show you where you are. Amee Chapman: With a voice that conveys both the brutal honesty of a changing California and the tender footed sweetness of its past, Amee Chapman maintains a meandering love affair with the roots of American music and with the oft times bitter realities of rural soul. Influenced by the likes of Lucinda Williams, Esther Phillips, and Jeff Tweedy, her singing, songwriting and guitar playing reflect the images of the average and eccentric: lonesome highway phone booths, sea faring whiskey rebels, city wise angeled outlaws and suicidal tattooed cowboys, all of them pent up together on a stretch of land between the past and the present.