REEVE COOBS + CAROLINE SPENCE – Tickets – The Evening Muse – Charlotte, NC – June 24th, 2017

REEVE COOBS + CAROLINE SPENCE

MaxxMusic & The Evening Muse Present:

REEVE COOBS + CAROLINE SPENCE

Sat 6/24

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

The Evening Muse

$10.00 - $12.00

This event is all ages

REEVE COOBS
REEVE COOBS
Reeve Coobs is a singer-songwriter from the Charlotte, NC area. She has been crafting songs now for over 16 years. Reeve's voice is "stop you in your tracks" good but the songs she writes are just as strong. Jeff Hahne of Creative Loafing Charlotte writes "Reeve Coobs has a vocal style that can be as easygoing as a comfortable chair one moment and as powerful as a tornado the next. She knows exactly how to express her thoughts and apply the perfect tone to give the words as much meaning as possible.” Reeve’s sophomore album, Me + You, is set to release on August 6, 2016. The mostly acoustic nature of this album gives spotlight to Reeve's amazing voice & thoughtful lyrics. She has crafted a true collection of quirky ballads all of which display her unique sound beautifully.

Reeve is the daughter of guitar-builder, Jack Coobs of Coobs Guitars. She spent many years touring up and down the south east with the all-gal band, The Near Misses. You can also hear Reeve’s voice on countless NC-made albums, as she has made quite a name for herself as a background singer. She is the Vocal Director for The Tosco Music Party’s Choir and in 2014 she joined Charlie King’s band as drummer/background vocalist. She joined Charlie on 3national tours. The trips spanned everywhere from NYC’s Rockwood Music Hall to Austin, TX’s Stubb’s. From Lucy Lawless’ odd-but-true Louisiana throw down, to a beautiful Indiana opera house with Over The Rhine.

The warm, hazy days of the pre-autumnal South provide the perfect setting for songwriting that reflects joy, heartbreak, redemption and loss in a way that is both universal, and deeply personal. On Reeve Coobs' first full-length studio recording, What Love Is All About, the tracks move from melancholia to sweetness to suppressed rage. The common thread running through the music is love, with its sometimes nearly unrecognizable incarnations.

What Love Is All About is eclectic yet cohesive. While Reeve's unique new sound doesn't stray too far from her original folksy-pop beginnings, it does represent a more rocking, mature incarnation of her music. She and producer Jeff Williams have created a soundscape of acoustic, and electric influences that feel familiar yet distinctly original. "Jeff has been such a huge part of my songwriting these past few years. He has really pushed me to be better and he's shown me how to mold a plain melody and lyrics into something interesting and beautiful. I feel like we share the same brain sometimes, he'll record a guitar part over one of my songs and I could swear it's exactly what was playing in my head while I was writing it."

Awards:
Creative Loafing's Reader's Pick for Best Female Vocalist 2005
Creative Loafing's Reader's Pick for Best Best New Band 2005 (The Near Misses)
Creative Loafing's Reader's Pick for Best Band 2006 (The Near Misses)
Creative Loafing's Critic's Pick for Best Female Vocalist 2008 (The Near Misses)
CAROLINE SPENCE
CAROLINE SPENCE
Ever since the release of "Blood on the Tracks" in 1975, Dylan posed the challenge to every songwriter that came after him: Can life's emotional complexities be rendered simply? Can a song be so intensely personal that it somehow manages to reach beyond itself towards something universal? With this record, Dylan turned the American Songwriter into a definite vocation, a job that’s core responsibility was the nearly impossible task of simply and honestly singing your own story, and somehow mysteriously manage to speak for all of us.

While Caroline Spence may not look like one of the road-hardened troubadours of America's past, with the release of Spades & Roses, the young songwriter from Charlottesville Virginia proves she is every bit as serious. Having won numerous songwriting awards from industry mainstays like the Kerrville Folk Festival and American Songwriter Magazine, and garnered nods and admiration from both Miranda Lambert and her fellow writers in the Nashville underground, Caroline has delivered a record to meet the expectation: Quite simply, 11 songs of gorgeous Americana that remind us of why we fell in love with the genre in the first place.

It’s is a rare but unmistakable authenticity and emotional resonance that can't be faked, all delivered from a voice that somehow manages to be both ethereally pristine and yet profoundly raw and human-- a disarming union of self-assuredness and vulnerability that runs throughout the record. Under the guidance of Producer Neilson Hubbard, "Spades and Roses" strips away all of the sonic barriers that might stand between Caroline and her listener, allowing her fragile melodies and first person confessionals to do their work-- reaching out and empathizing, providing a soundtrack to our own hidden stories. Every song on the record--whether pop or meditative, glib or heartbreaking-- asks the essential question of whether or not the listener can recognize himself.

Whether it’s a song like "Southern Accident," a strikingly personal and heartbreaking account of the lingering effects of her parents divorce on her own search for love and commitment, or "Softball," an extended anthemic metaphor for the all-to-real injustices of the gender gap in modern life, Spades and Roses is Caroline's unflinching testimony and reminder as to why songs are important: It’s about paying attention. It's about whether you can take a handful of chords and find those still points of peace and clarity and joy amidst the basic confusion, struggles, and emotional wreckage of our everyday lives. Most importantly, it’s about finding a way to make it beautiful.

So who is "Spades and Roses" for? Songwriters who need a sympathetic shoulder? Song lovers who are tired of the latest gimmick? Modern ladies who still enjoy knitting? Older men who have seen enough to not find that intimidating? In the end, it’s for all of us that demand a lot of life and love, and yet still have the grace and hope to go on loving the world in spite of what it is sometimes. It’s for all of us that still like to hear our story told in song. In Caroline's own words, which seem to summarize the record, "It’s all love, and it’s all pain. And after all, I can't complain."

--James Wilson (Sons of Bill)
Venue Information:
The Evening Muse
3227 N. Davidson St.
Charlotte, NC
http://www.eveningmuse.com/

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