Joshua Black Wilkins / Fifth & Main / Libby DeCamp
Thu, Jun 29, 2017 @ 8:00 pm to 2:00amView event on Facebook
Joshua Black Wilkins: “When I first moved to Nashville about three years ago, I caught Joshua Black Wilkins by chance at the east side club, The Five Spot. He was playing an essentially solo set – he’s usually got a rockabilly band – with only Amanda Shires by his side, on fiddle and harmony vocals. He had his vocals hooked up through an old radio microphone or Green Bullet or something like that and when he sang a version of Ryan Adams’ “Come Pick Me Up,” you absolutely felt every word of the song from the bottom of Wilkins’ beat-up, broken-down, throaty voice. As the crowd thinned out during Wilkins’ sparse set, it seemed like maybe I alone was blown away that night. For some reason, it’s taken three years for American Songwriter to pay respect to the music of this true Nashville original.
Wilkins moonlights as a photographer – or does he moonlight as a musician? – and going through his work is like a walk through Nashville – icons like Marty Stuart and the late Charlie Louvin; mainstays like Bobby Bare; newer arrivals like Dan Auerbach; comers and goers like Patterson Hood.
His music is clearly a reflection of the world that his photographs inhabit: staunchly American and a bit haunted and decaying. The characters on Wilkins’ new album, While You Wait, tend to be tortured like the protagonist of a good noir novel. In “Catch Your Fall,” with its sweeping chorus fiddle lines, Wilkins deals with a relationship in which, to borrow a line from his buddy Justin Townes Earle, he seems to know better but just not give a fuck. Pitch-perfect lines like “you look better in black and white” and “you look better when you’re 3,000 miles away” tell the conflicted love story without ever giving away too much.” [American Songwriter Magazine]
Fifth & Main: Inspired by folk, rock and country, the Detroit-based “Fifth & Main” feature brothers Jack, Brady and Beau Stablein. Fifth & Main has bonded over their shared love of rootsy music, and have become quickly recognized in the Detroit music scene. Their soulful and heartfelt lyrics have placed them on stages across the Midwest with National touring acts, along with up and coming local acts in the metro area. Fifth & Main creates music that moves while having a good time all the time; an experience they are so eager to share with anyone they can.
Libby DeCamp: Out from the quiet orchards of Romeo, Michigan, Libby DeCamp has spent an adolescence in close companionship with bodies of music and literature, among hinterlands of horses and history. Driven by a will to connect on a raw, human level, Libby makes dusty folk and roots-inspired music with a lyrical edge, and delivers with a haunting vocal closeness that reaches listeners of all kinds. Her writing is born from fervent ties to both the American condition and tradition, daring to mark a space in the new era of the folksinger. Dabbling in an array of genres, the soundscape is captivating; innocently dark and best described as “Broken Folk.”
Speared by her debut six-song EP titled “Cross Sections,” released in March, 2016, (following four years writing and performing in various folk groups) the 21-year old has rigorously performed both within her home state and broken into the national market with no time to waste, taking her show on the road extensively and often borrowing two seasoned brothers, Adam and Brandon Schreiber of Jack & the Bear. Grammy award-winning producer Oz Fritz notes; “The warm sound and seductive grooves of Cross Sections makes you want to listen, it draws the attention in…” Her works have scored multiple placements MTV hit shows, and continue to peak interest with spacial, provocative recordings. Becoming rooted in the Detroit, MI scene, Libby travels on, in preparation of her anticipated full-length debut album. “Cross Sections” is now available on all major music platforms.