A great night of indie/folk music at the Emerald Lounge!
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In 2009, Josh Rheault began emailing demos from his apartment in Los Angeles to friend, composer and Boston-based drummer, Sammy Dent. As the months carried on, song ideas took shape, and Josh parted ways with his former band and busy LA-life, returning home to north-central Connecticut to start something new. Tucked into this farm and forest-littered landscape is “The Barn”, a rehearsal/recording space that Mercies now calls home. It wasn’t always a functional space though. What was used for decades to hang tobacco grown on adjacent farms had become just an oversized storage shed. But in the Fall/Winter of 2010/11, new life was breathed into the structure as Josh and his family started renovating.
Paralleling this restoration project was the recording of Mercies’ debut LP Three Thousand Days. “It started getting pretty cold in the Barn, and we’d sometimes have to turn the electric heaters off to have enough power to run the recording gear,” states Josh. They even recorded some percussion parts with pieces of construction debris they found laying around. Sammy adds, “I dropped a can of nails and wire nuts and lightheartedly said to Josh, ‘sounds like a good shaker, let’s record that!’ So we did.” Chronicled on Three Thousand Days is this intense, creative and inaugural period for both Josh and Sammy; a moment-in-time aided by family and friends. “…One of those releases that engages [you] within a few bars; immediately feeling like something special. Something important. Something to keep around, something to tell your best friends about.” – My Old Kentucky Blog
Not wasting any time, Mercies are set to release a two-song 7” vinyl by the end of 2012. Moreover, they’ve already written nearly enough material for their next full-length album with a planned release of Spring 2013. Aiming to collaborate with more dance companies, score films, and tour, the future is looking bright and busy for this ambitious group. “I’ll be cheering for these guys every step of the way, and after a good listen you’ll understand why.” – The Deli Magazine.
Joe Fletcher & the Wrong Reasons is an Americana band that began in Providence, RI in 2005. In the center of this revolving cast of musicians, songwriter Joe Fletcher remains at the helm of this country blues-based outfit while still playing many solo acoustic shows throughout the land every year. No Depression has championed the band, saying that “Joe Fletcher proves his versatility on White Lighter. His signature brand of dark and lyrically driven honky tonk is interspersed with a softer side that would make Hagg or Jones proud.” Known best for their thrilling live show, Joe Fletcher & the Wrong Reasons have shared stages with many of their favorite acts including Deer Tick, Robert Earl Keen, The Low Anthem, Shooter Jennings, John Doe, The Supersuckers, Lydia Loveless, Murder by Death, Scott H. Biram, Holly Golightly, Slim Cessna’s Auto Club, Brown Bird, and The Devil Makes Three. Their wide variety of material and influences make them equally at home in a small café or a sold-out rock club.
Jonah Tolchin mesmerizes audiences with his impeccable musicianship, deep resonant voice, foot-stomping rhythms, and lyrical original songs. At age fourteen he fell in love with traditional blues and began playing guitar and harmonica. At fifteen he appeared at Tupelo Music Hall in New Hampshire with blues legend Ronnie Earl, and at twenty he played at the 2012 Newport Folk Festival.
Tolchin plays everything from roots and Americana music to old time folk & acoustic blues. He can be heard on Daytrotter, and his rendition of “State Trooper” for the recent Springsteen tribute album Long Distance Salvation has received high praise from producer Scott Pingeton who called it “one of the biggest surprises, and one of the highlights [of the album]