Jeffrey Focault at O'Shea's April 30

Jeffrey Foucault has released four collections of original songs under his own name, and two full-band collaborations with contemporary poet Lisa Olstein under the moniker Cold Satellite. His songs, "Beat-up troubadour folk, whittled to dolorous perfection" (Uncut), mine the darker seams of American music to distill a terse amalgam of blues, country, rock 'n' roll, and folk.

In 2015 Jeffrey Foucault will release Salt As Wolves, his fifth collection of original songs. Featuring Foucault's longtime rhythm section Billy Conway (Morphine) on drums and Jeremy Moses Curtis (Booker T) on bass, and reuniting him with legendary electric guitar player Bo Ramsey (Lucinda Williams, Greg Brown), Salt As Wolves offers twelve tracks that exist out of time, like a field recording of a place that never existed: a lean, bold blues record that deftly weaves together disparate strands of sound and experience, raw love and desperate wisdom.

I take the small roads when I can. I hit the small rooms with a couple old guitars and a 5- watt Skylark amp. Mostly it's just me and my friend Billy Conway, the best drummer I ever heard. I own a Smith Corona typewriter and a Western Bell rotary phone, and I use both. I wore a pearl snap cowboy shirt in my Kindergarten school picture. Irony isn't my thing. I write songs about love, memory, God, desire, wilderness and loss.

 

Mark Erelli at O'Shea's March 26

 

Mark Erelli’s artistry resides where honeyed vocals and emotionally literate poetry intersect with accomplished and intuitive musicianship. Inspired by Jackson Browne and John Hiatt, as well as by consummate sidemen like Ry Cooder and David Lindley, Erelli has nurtured an elegantly rural aesthetic that permeates all facets of his creativity. In addition to being able to shift between his various creative roles, Erelli has been able to make meaningful and authentic statements in a variety of roots music -based settings, including western swing, murder ballads, bluegrass, folk, lullabies, and country rock.  

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