Folk

Roustabout

$5

Roustabout is a trio of acoustic bass, fiddle, guitar, and vox fronted by Josh Philpott. The source material of Roustabout comes the American folk tradition and mainly the Appalachian old-time tradition. The goal is to keep the underlying qualities that make folk music magical while not being bound by the musical practices of it's tradition.


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Good people,

Roustabout is a trio of acoustic bass, fiddle, guitar, and vox fronted by Josh Philpott. The source material of Roustabout comes the American folk tradition and mainly the Appalachian old-time tradition. The goal is to keep the underlying qualities that make folk music magical while not being bound by the musical practices of it's tradition.


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Good people,

Jessica Fichot

$15

Chanteuse and songwriter Jessica Fichot is a lot like her hometown of Paris: French at heart, but with a soul that's truly international. Her multi-ethnic French / Chinese / American upbringing colors the songs on her debut album. It's called Le Chemin, "The Path," and for good reason: Jessica takes the listener on a twisting journey out of the French chanson tradition, into the lands of gypsy jazz, Chinese and Latin American folk music, through the classic American repertoire, and off into the wilderness of her imagination.

Chanteuse and songwriter Jessica Fichot is a lot like her hometown of Paris: French at heart, but with a soul that's truly international. Her multi-ethnic French / Chinese / American upbringing colors the songs on her debut album. It's called Le Chemin, "The Path," and for good reason: Jessica takes the listener on a twisting journey out of the French chanson tradition, into the lands of gypsy jazz, Chinese and Latin American folk music, through the classic American repertoire, and off into the wilderness of her imagination.

Ben Sollee's Ditch The Van Tour Presented By Kentucky Coffeetree Cafe

Over the years, the Kentucky Coffeetree Café has played host to a number of bands and artists, establishing themselves as a gathering place for live music and good conversation within their community of Frankfort, KY. This fall, they are taking their vision of sustainability and appreciation of live music to the next level by sponsoring Lexington-based artist Ben Sollee’s Ditch the Van tour.

The tour, which began August 18th in San Diego, finds Sollee literally ‘ditching the van,’ and strapping his cello instead to the back of his trusty bicycle for a trek that spans the entire breadth of the country. But he isn’t making the two-month endeavor alone; Frankfort’s own Jordon Ellis is accompanying him, equipped with a 90 pound drum kit in tow. Katie and Marty Benson of Fits Productions are also along for the ride, keeping a video/photo blog of each day’s progression. Footage from the first two weeks is already online and can be found at kentuckycoffeetree.com, along with updates as the tour progresses and a downloadable live track from Ben Sollee’s June 11 performance in Frankfort, Kentucky.

“Fits Productions and myself are thrilled to team up with the Kentucky Coffeetree Cafe for the Ditch the Van Tour,” says Sollee of the partnership. “We share their vision for livable, vibrant communities and the belief that sustainability is about localization.” Not only is the team reducing their carbon footprint by leaving the gas guzzling van behind, but they are reveling in the local communities they pass along the way, two concepts that the Coffeetree can fully stand behind. And because of the limitations of traveling solely by bicycle, the tour makes a point of visiting small towns and vibrant communities across Middle America that are often overlooked by other national tours.

As always, the Kentucky Coffeetree Café strives to join people together through an awareness of live music of all genres and by providing a space for the community to gather and organize missions of sustainability. Sollee reiterates their sentiments saying, “Frankfort, KY is benefiting greatly from the Coffetree's commitment to arts and bringing high quality performers to its historic downtown. We're hoping that touring by bike will offer just the kind of limitation we need to find other community oriented venues in towns across the country.”

Nora Jane Struthers

$10

Nora Jane Struthers calls her music “Classic Americana.” The singer-songwriter’s self-titled solo bow, to be issued June 22 on her own label, will be a revelation to roots music fans: overflowing with affecting, literate original compositions and featuring a complement of top Nashville players, it announces the debut of a major new talent.

Christabel & the Jons

$10

Christabel & the Jons is currently on tour from Louisiana to Maine and everywhere in between, promoting their album “Custom Made for You” and singing a bunch of new bossa nova and country swing tunes which will soon be recorded on their third CD, "The Same Mistake." Lead singer and songwriter Christa DeCicco is earning a reputation as one of the southeast's finest laid-back jazz singers. Old suitcases and vintage clothes from the 1920s-1950s give the performance a nostalgic ambiance, but it's the songs that really captivate. They can often be found in thrift stores as they travel from town to town, hunting for clip-on ties and cocktail dresses.

Alan Rhody

$10

" He has earned a level of respect and recognition that places him in the vanguard of pioneers of the contemporary roots music movement." --Toronto Star

With "Boxcars Of Memories" (Ashwood Recordings/CD), his eighth and newest album release, Alan Rhody gives us an intimate tour, a wide-ranging emotional chart of one of today's standout solo acoustic artists in that great expanse known as the singer-songwriter.

Shotgun Party

$10

The original Shotgun Party trio met in a little Texas dive bar in 2006. They got their start performing weekly at Austin's own Continental Club. Sparks flew and now Shotgun Party, the Austin based trio, really knows how to fire up a crowd! Their original songs are beautiful and timeless drawing influences from early blues, country, bluegrass and depression era swing. Katy Rose Cox's fearles fiddling is simply virtuosic. Miss Jenny Parrott's gorgeous vocals and addictive songs will bring you to your knees. ...and introducing Shotgun Party's newest member, Andrew Austin-Petersen (formerly of the Shake 'Em Ups) on show stopping upright bass!

Paleface

$10

~Fun lovin Indie Folk-core duo featuring Paleface himself and darling drummer Mo~

More than a decade since his last major label release and collapse from alcohol abuse, PALEFACE, a founding member of NYC's Anti-folk movement, is back with his Ramseur Records full length debut, The Show Is On The Road, "songs you'd be glad to hum for the rest of the day" PASTE.

Soon after the record released in April 2009 it landed on the CMJ top 200 charts and PASTE Magazine featured PALEFACE as "Band Of The Week".

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