Jon Ransom started playing guitar and writing songs at age 18, and over the course of a decade, has amassed an arsenal of songs ranging from quiet, contemplative tunes to anthemic folk rock ballads. No-frills, heart-on-your-sleeve, pure, unadulterated honest music. It's personal, intense yet fragile, and prone to bouts of incendiary cacophonies of melody and harmony. In June of 2012, he embarked on a recording project that would last him until June of 2014. Out of that toil, his sophomore full-length LP "The Chief Mourner" was born. This past August, Jon was able to successfully fund a Kickstarter campaign to help supplement the cost of putting the record onto vinyl. Not satisfied with somebody else doing the album art, Jon went so far as silk screening the album sleeves himself at his home studio. This show will give his newest album the light of day it deserves.
SMALL SOULS: The collaboration between singer-songwriter Brian Rozendal and multi-instrumentalist Bryan Daste (Emma Hill, Scotland Barr & the Slow Drags) began in the summer of 2011 with a simple demo that evolved into an ambitious EP, released digitally in February 2012. After running a successful Kickstarter campaign, they released their first studio album in January 2013 to local critical acclaim. Christian McKee (Wendy and the Lost Boys, The Big North Duo, Toy Trains) joined the band while recording the album, adding mandolin and layered harmonies, and bassist Kyleen King (Swansea, St. Even, Alameda) started playing with the group in late 2013. Small Souls draws from diverse influences in folk, rock, and alt-country to create compelling, dynamic, emotionally honest songs. The band is currently scheduling two west coast tours for September and December 2014 to raise money and support for their second studio album.
Towns And Villages is Chelsea McAlister and Michael Apinyakul. They love writing simple songs and covering hard drinking, easy going, country duets and divorce folk. It's front porch music sneaking through the back door.