Bright Box @ 15 N Loudoun St, Winchester, VA 22601
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Join Mink's Miracle Medicine and William Matheny for an evening of literary rock n' roll and soulful Americana. Mink's Miracle Medicine from Harper's Ferry, WV has been recently praised by Noisey/VICE, NPR, No Depression, and American Songwriter for their May 2017 release "House of Candles". Morgantown, WV's William Matheny has been featured on Mountain Stage and currently tours the country in support of his recent release "Strange Constellations".
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3
**Upstairs - Out of the Box**
Doors, Bar, & Kitchen open at 7pm
Show starts at 8pm
Tickets: $8 ADV / $10 DOS
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MINK'S MIRACLE MEDICINE
Mink's Miracle Medicine began in 2013 to explore the potential of sonic minimalism in country music. What could happen if each song was reduced to its purest form?: A telecaster guitar, weeping plucking and gliding over harmony, a simple three-piece drum kit crooning alongside, and above it, a singular powerful voice.
The idea birthed reality. Melissa Wright and Daniel Zezeski played their first show together to a packed show in a comic book shop. Since then, they have gone on to play all over the United States, indulging their deep-seated fascination with freight trains and cross-country road trips. Citing influence from artists like Patsy Cline, Hank Williams, Neil Young, and The Beatles, their sound is raw, earthy and smells like a long and winding road that weaves around an undeniable longing, calling to mind early Tom Petty and shades of Patti Smith.
Individually and together, the pair have connected and collaborated with musicians around Washington D.C. for more than a decade. After graduating high school in the rural suburbs of the District, Melissa attended Berklee College of Music where she studied vocal performance, specializing in jazz, gospel, and other American roots music styles. She has performed with bluegrass legends Alison Krauss, Sierra Hull, and Ralph Stanley, as well as serving as an alternate on singer-songwriter Ben Folds' Boston Symphony Hall Tour. After completing her degree, she moved back to Virginia to play upright bass in the up-and-coming traditional jazz group The Bumper Jacksons. Melissa continues to honor the local musical tradition by presenting a series of tributes to the great Patsy Cline, most recently collaborating with Jess Eliot Myhre of the Bumper Jacksons, Letitia VanSant, and Karen Collins to put on a tribute to Patsy Cline hosted by the Institute of Musical Traditions.
Foregoing the conservatory method, Daniel Zezeski got his start with punk and ska bands in his early teens. Donning a green mohawk, Daniel frequented a music venue owned by his uncle in Scranton, PA, and received a musical education one can only get from standing in the wings of a show, where one can truly see, feel, and breathe with the music and the audience. When he came of age, he ran away from home to hop freight trains, seeing the American landscape in the same way he saw music in his youth: fearlessly up close. On these trips, he carried an Epiphone Hummingbird guitar and began to write. The Hummingbird was destroyed in an accident that left him wheelchair bound for months, during which he learned to fingerpick like Leo Kottke and solidified his musical prowess. He has performed on stage with Lake, The Dangerous Ponies, Chamomile and Whiskey, and The Menzingers. His song "Casey" is featured on The Menzinger's Epitaph Records release "On The Impossible Past".
Mink's Miracle Medicine continue to write, record, travel, and perform together, ultimately on a quest of true connection between musician and audience, to deliver the listener truth and beauty in its most pure, honest, distilled form.
& THE STRANGE CONSTELLATIONS
William Matheny, a West Virginia native and longtime keys player for Athens, Ohio, indie heroes Southeast Engine, has broken out on his own with Strange Constellations, his debut 11-song solo collection out February 24, 2017, which might more than anything provoke the question: Why not sooner?
William Matheny would best be classed as a songwriter's songwriter--the kind of composer who gets the melody just right every time, and the kind of lyricist whose turns of phrase bring an involuntary grin. Once you've heard his deft songcraft, you might feel cheated that he withheld it so long.
Strange Constellations came about while Matheny was still plying the trade of a touring musician, supplying piano and organ for someone else's grand musical plan. "While I found the job creatively fulfilling and I wholeheartedly believed in the creative vision of the band, at some undefined point, I began to feel as if I had something else to say," he explains.
So he began to sneak off when he had time, often while bandmates slept during the final year of Southeast Engine's touring life. It was a challenging enterprise, moving back into writing after years in a primarily supporting role. But songs began to coalesce: songs about touring life, about family history, about coincidence and circumstance.
If you weren't listening to the lyrics of Matheny's songs, they'd be plenty appealing already: Jackson Browne pop hooks alternate with alt-country tunes that might call to mind Drive-By Truckers. At times, his delivery recalls a twangy Craig Finn. But then, if you weren't listening to the lyrics, you'd be doing it wrong.
Take, for example, "God's Left Hand," the album's second track. An upbeat country-rocker, it presents a series of vignettes that in a way illustrate the maxim about life happening while you're busy making other plans. But instead of missing the minutiae while thinking ahead to the next big thing, Matheny's character is taking in the little challenges of life while waiting on that lucky break--and thinking about what that lucky break may mean in the larger picture.
It's in the details where Matheny will make true believers. His songs are full of moments that match smart observation with wordplay that's impressive mostly in its effortlessness. "There's some laughing Katherine / down at the end of the bar / with some funny Daniel / down at the end of her arm," he sings in "Blood Moon Singer." It's a scene that could take place anywhere, and does, which is Matheny's point, as he illustrates the blur of touring life. But no one put it quite that way until William Matheny came along.
Storyteller, songwriter--William Matheny is the kind of artist who garners instant respect from other artists, even as he makes songs so effortlessly catchy. We could resent that he didn't arrive with this collection sooner, but let's instead celebrate that he's here with it now.
15 N. Loudoun St.
Winchester, VA 22601
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