Gather in Odd Humyns subterranean listening room for some sounds from Anna Tivel (Portland, OR), Shane Leonard (EC, WI), Ben Lester (EC, WI), and Jeremy Boettcher (EC, WI). Peruse the shop, and enjoy a warm evening in. Light refreshments and nice vibes provided.
Join us in The Salon at Odd Humyns for a very special evening performance from Shane Leonard and Anna Tivel ft. Ben Lester and Jeremy Boettcher!
7p doors, 7:30p start • $12 in advance, $15 at the door
all ages • light refreshments
Shane Leonard (producer, all-purpose studio musician and songwriter) grew up playing jazz with musicians generations older than him, dropped out of music school to become an English teacher, left that to study fiddle and banjo with Appalachian elders, and now calls Eau Claire, WI home. He can usually be found in a studio here, hunched over a piano or a notebook, magnetizing a production team that has attracted national artists such as Anna Tivel, Kristin Andreassen (Uncle Earl), Sean Rowe and others to record new sounds in the North. Shane Leonard’s forthcoming solo album, Strange Forms, will be released in 2019.
Anna Tivel reaches for that thread of understanding with her music, that moment of recognition, of shared experience. There are thousands of miles on her touring odometer and each town is a tangled web of heartache and small reasons to believe. She gravitates toward the quiet stories of ordinary life. A homeless veteran sitting on a bench to watch the construction of a luxury hotel. A woman wondering about the life of the daughter she had to give up for adoption. Someone changing shape, someone falling in love, someone all alone.
“Tivel’s characters are both common and unforgettable,” Ann Powers of NPR writes, “She possesses a genuine poet’s sense that words matter more than persona, or a showy performance. Her images linger, and become populated with the energy of the real.”
With three full-length albums out on Portland’s well-loved Fluff & Gravy Records and a fourth due out this April, Tivel continues to touch on a common human thread. Her latest release, ‘Small Believer’ was heralded by NPR as an “album that repeatedly achieves this exquisite balance of the quotidian and the sublime.” Her newest album ‘The Question’ was recorded mostly live at Hive studio in Eau Claire, WI, engineered by the esteemed Brian Joseph (Bon Iver, Sufjan Stevens) and produced by drummer and multi-instrumentalist Shane Leonard.