It’s the start of my favorite month at my favorite venue in Boulder! Come see me sing some of my tunes along with other local songwriters David Burchfield and Billy Shaddox.
Every 1st Wednesday of the month at eTown Hall - 3 songwriters taking turns sharing their songs. Enjoy local original music in a curated community experience, accompanied by a live painting. Hosted by Theresa Peterson.
Billy Shaddox is blessed with the ability to blend the western dualities of coastal dreamer and high mountain drifter into his deep, easy flowing songs. This is modern American folk music with pop sensibilities. Rooted in stories of love and fortune lost, perspective and enlightenment gained, Shaddox captures the mystique of the West with indelible lyrical imagery and sharply original musicality: the displaced modern man weary of coping with vanishing ideals, the present-minded realist, the uncontrollable jealousy of the downtrodden miner, and the bright-eyed morning traveler setting out to make his mark on the world.
David Burchfield (of David Burchfield & the Fire Guild)
David Burchfield writes American folk music that’s not content to stay within traditional genre boundaries. Taking cues from Josh Ritter and Joe Pug, Burchfield’s literate lyrics meet emotive grace in nods to Gillian Welch, Mandolin Orange, and David Ramirez. There is a powerful candor in Burchfield’s writing – raw, emotive, and rich with details that bring the listener right into the scene of his passion. Whether it be tragedy found or narrowly escaped, Burchfield’s writing sounds like the joy of a man who knows how close the dark can creep to the light’s edge. Inspired as much by his native Kansas plains and his current home in the Colorado mountains, the landscapes of his nostalgia are ever present themes in Burchfield’s songwriting.
Over years of performing, Burchfield has played the Middle of the Map Fest, Boulevardia, was featured in the Chevy Music Showcase, and has shared bills with Noah Gundersen, David Ramirez, Joe Pug, the Way Down Wanderers, and Beth Bombara.
Solo, Burchfield performs with a surprising ferocity and emotional delivery that has silenced even the rowdiest of rooms. Critics have called his 5-piece band, David Burchfield & the Fire Guild, akin to “the Band meets the Stray Birds” – equal parts all out rock n roll party and sensitively arranged balladry. Strands of mountain fiddle music and Texas country work their way into this seamless tapestry as well. What is this? Americana through and through – from the mountain campfire to the lights onstage across the country, Burchfield is drawing together his influences into a unique sound with something to say, and he’s singing loud enough to hear.
Alexa grew up in Southern California where she spent her childhood singing to the rolling hills and discovering her love for folk music. These traditions have followed her and shaped her musical career where in Portland, Oregon, she was the founder and lead singer/songwriter of a progressive folk band, Wildish. Alexa currently resides in Boulder, Colorado and spends her days, again, singing to the mountains and the creeks through which she gains endless inspiration. Her voice has been compared to the folk and soul sounds of Joni Mitchell, Eva Cassidy, and Laura Marling and has been featured on various records and commercials. Alexa recently took first place in the Rocky Mountain Folks Fest Songwriter Showcase at Planet Bluegrass and will be performing at Folks Fest in 2020. She also placed 3rd in the Telluride Troubadour Competition. Alexa will be releasing a self-titled EP in the coming months which she recorded at Goosehead Palace in Nashville, TN.
Live Painting by Sarai Snyder