Jeremy Facknitz, the Springs-based sing-songer responsible for last year's release, Music From the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, wanted me to tell you that he will be leaving the Springs, and it's all your fault. Thankfully, it's only a temporary absence, as he will be spending the next three months touring the "north country."
In addition to quitting his day job, the charismatically nonchalant songwriter has replaced his traditional "bricks-and-mortar" residence with a new tour vehicle, and plans on "being a homeless, drifting moocher of friends for the next year or so."
"This is a little insane and a tad scary," says Facknitz.
As mentioned above, he insists on placing the blame elsewhere: "The entire artist community of Colorado Springs has had a hand in building the confidence it takes to commit to something like this, so thank you."
Facknitz will play his last Springs gig (until June) opening for Mark's Midnight Carnival Show at the Triple Nickel Tavern this Saturday, Feb. 27, where he'll be backed by Charlie Milo and Chris Combs of the Charlie Milo Trio. You can find more on the moocher at jeremyfacknitz.com.
On a similar "local folkels, not yokels" note, the hometown folks in Edith Makes a Paperchain will be opening for some fabulous Denver folks known by the name of Paper Bird at Stargazers Theatre and Event Center, also on Saturday, Feb. 27. Both bands are terrific examples of the diversity of contemporary American folk music and, more specifically, modern Coloradan folk music.
While the Paperchain has more of an indie rock aesthetic, the Paper Bird folk fly a more Southern route, using banjo, tuba, trombone and trumpet to recall the great Dixie swing craze of the early '90s — the 1890s, that is! The Denver group is also earning a fair bit of the national spotlight, with a tour that will include a stint at Austin's South by Southwest as well as a Thursday night April residency at the Living Room in New York City. You can read all about it at paperbirdband.com.
Next, I want to let you in on a fantastic new local band, the Broken Spoke. I'm still not clear on whether it took its name from the infamous Austin, Texas, honky-tonk dance hall or the infamously unopen Western apparel store on East Boulder Street. But what I do know is that the band (Tom Skora on vocals and acoustic guitar, Josh DeSmidt on banjo, lap steel and electric guitar, Nathan Baker on bass, and Brandon Bernard on drums and mandolin) dropped me a home-recorded demo and it blew me away.
Stirring memories of my Camper Van Beethoven Key Lime Pie cassette tape, mixed with healthy doses of pre-war country, folk and blues, the seven-song disc has been spun no less than four score times in the past week. Unfortunately, their gig, which will take place at the Gift Shop in Manitou, is also on Saturday. Stay tuned to Reverb for more on these guys in the future.
Where there's a will, there's a way! Smell you later.
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