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Paige Clem & Friends
Saturday, January 20th, 2018
Singer-songwriter Paige Clem is joined by a cast of Bay Area All Stars for a free "pre-CD release" show in the Terrapin Crossroads Bar. Paige Clem - Singer/Songwriter, Acoustic Guitar James Nash - Guitar (The Waybacks) Joe Craven - Violin, Mandolin, Percussion (Garcia/Grisman Band) Jordan Feinstein - Keys, Organ (Stu Allen & Mars Hotel) Robin Sylvester - Bass (RatDog) Gabe Ford - Drums (Little Feat) plus specials guests! Paige Clem: Perhaps it’s the combination of her insatiable musical curiosity and her formative years spent growing up in the South, but Paige Clem’s arrestingly direct lyrics and velvety, unaffected vocals exude that most elusive of musical qualities — Soul. With a natural gift for connecting with an audience, her roots-infused music is melodic and warm, yet packs a punch with tales of loss and love. Described by Jambase as a "charismatic and affable singer-songwriter...with a sultry, Jewel-reminiscent vocal quality," her folk-soul-with-a-dash-of-sass sound draws on threads of blues and Americana with an honest and often clever accessibility that offers listeners a refreshing departure from the formulaic nature of so much indie rock these days. She has shared the stage with countless bands and artists including members of Dead and Co., Further, Railroad Earth, Leftover Salmon, ALO, Fruition, Anders Osborne, RatDog, Achilles Wheel, Eric McFadden, Scott Pemberton, Tea Leaf Green, New Monsoon, Moonalice, Tracorum, Front Country, Midnight North, Dead Winter Carpenters, Shook Twins, Doobie Decibel System, and has performed with Melissa Ethridge, moe., Steve Poltz, The Brother's Comatose, Jerry Hannan, Mark Karan and more. James Nash: James has recorded a dozen albums and performed at countless festivals and venues across the country, serving as bandleader for ensembles with the likes of everyone from Elvis Costello to Emmylou Harris, Bela Fleck to Bob Weir, Chris Thile and Jerry Douglas to Darol Anger and Mike Marshall. Wedding his musical and tech-savvy sides, he worked with the founders of Pandora to create the Music Genome Project. He also served as co-curator of TEDxAlcatraz 2010 and was a featured performer of the 2011 TEDx Global Music Project, offshoots of the renowned TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Conference. James has been interviewed, featured, and had his solos transcribed in numerous magazines, Wired, Guitar Player, Acoustic Guitar, Flatpicking, and Dirty Linen among them. His music has been featured on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and Folk Alley and he is a contributing writer and reviewer for Guitar Player. His forthcoming instructional DVD, “Acoustic Guitar on the Edge,” evidences both the technically disciplined and free spirited player he has become Joe Craven: Creativity educator, former museum curator, visual artist, actor/storyteller, event emcee and recipient of the 2009 Folk Alliance Far-West Performer of the Year, Joe has made music with many folks – notably violinist Stephane Grappelli and Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia – to multi-whirled string guy David Lindley, harmonica wizard Howard Levy and seven years recording and touring with banjo fusionist Alison Brown. Always looking for the next expression and object to make music with, Joe is a musical madman with anything that has strings attached; violin, mandolin, tin can, bedpan, cookie tin, tenor guitar/banjo, mouth bow, canjoe, cuatro, CBG, berimbau, balalaika, boot ‘n lace and double-necked whatever. Joe has created music and sound effects for commercials, soundtracks, computer games and contributions to several Grammy-nominated projects. Jordan Feinstein: Keyboard extraordinaire and vocalist Jordan Feinstein has created a unique California sound that has been described as a mix of Soul, Funk, Rock, and Groove. One of San Francisco's top go-to keyboard players, Jordan plays regularly with with La Gente, American Nomad, Lebo, Stu Allen and Mars Hotel and has shared the stage with ALO, Tea Leaf Green, Anders Osborn, Brett Dennen, George Porter Jr., Carolyn Wonderland, Phil Lesh, and more. Jordan is the Band Leader and Musical Director for A Real Purpose - and SF based Charity organization that help through music and education and also runs a project studio in sf - Studio 352. He has also played with national acts such as G Love and Special Sauce. Robin Sylvester: Best known for his ongoing work with RatDog, Sylvester began his professional music career with the a cappella London Boy Singers chorus in the 1960s, and as a sound engineer in 1969. Working as an assistant at Abbey Road Studios when The Beatles recorded their eponymous album, he was inspired by Paul McCartney to take up the bass guitar. He also used early synthesizers while playing with and producing Byzantium in 1971. While touring with Dana Gillespie, he moved to the United States in 1974. Clive Davis signed his folk-rock band The Movies to Arista Records, which played around New York and Los Angeles in the late 1970s. Then, as a session musician, he worked alongside Steve Douglas, backing the Beach Boys and Ry Cooder. He also played in live acts led by Marty Balin, Mary Wells, The Shirelles, The Coasters, The Drifters, Billy Preston, Christine McVie, Steve Seskin, Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, Freddy Fender, Del Shannon, and Vince Welnick's Missing Man Formation. Gabe Ford: Ford spent his early career in the San Francisco Bay area playing with a popular pop band called 008. He played the blues at the same time by playing and recording with his uncles as well as Chris Cain and Michael Osborn. In 2006 Ford released his first self-titled solo album. Other musicians that play on the album are Robben Ford, Chris Cain, Joe Colgan, Mark Ford, John R Burr, Dewayne Pate, Chris McGee and Johnny Bennett. In early 2009 Ford backed his uncle, Robben Ford, on drums when he toured with Jorma Kaukonen and Ruthie Foster. Ford had been the drum technician for Little Feat since 2006. In 2009 original Little Feat drummer Richie Hayward announced he was leaving work indefinitely to pursue treatment for a severe liver disease. Ford filled in on drums. After Hayward's death in 2010, Ford joined the band as a full-fledged member.