Laura Gibson, Cotton Jones

Johnny Brenda's presents

Laura Gibson

Cotton Jones

The Grand Nationals

Thu, January 26, 2012

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm


This event is 21 and over

All shows are 21+ Proper I.D. required for admission

Laura Gibson - (Set time: 11:00 PM)
Laura Gibson
Laura Gibson is excited to announce her forthcoming new album Empire
Builder, slated for release on April 1, 2016 via Barsuk, her second
record for the label and fourth LP.

Empire Builder is named for the Amtrak route Laura Gibson took while
moving from Portland, Oregon to New York City in the summer of 2014; a
decision to enter graduate school, to move away from a supportive
community, a close-knit family and her long-time boyfriend. Out of her
comfort zone, she found even more of a challenge than she’d
envisioned. Immediately upon arrival, she broke her foot and barely
left her 5th floor apartment for the first two months. Then, on March
26th, 2015, her East Village building burned to the ground in a
horrific gas explosion which killed two people and left many homeless.

Gibson escaped from her apartment unharmed, but lost everything: all
identification, eyeglasses, musical instruments, years of notebooks
and every word she had written in response to her move. She spent the
next few months rebuilding her life, bouncing between friends’ couches
and guest rooms, finishing her second semester, and all the while
rewriting the lyrics she had lost. A financial recovery was made
possible with help and support from hundreds of friends, fans and
strangers. It is no surprise that Empire Builder stands as her most
personal record to date.

The album marks a huge leap forward for Gibson as a songwriter,
composer and producer. Equally raw and focused, Empire Builder
captures a life blown open, an individual mid-transformation. Gibson
gathered a stellar band of old friends to complement her songs:
guitarist/bassist Dave Depper (Death Cab for Cutie, Menomena),
drummer/percussionist Dan Hunt (Neko Case) and composer/violinist
Peter Broderick. Other contributors include Nate Query of the
Decemberists and vocalist Alela Diane. Gibson co-produced the record
with John Askew (The Dodos, Neko Case), spending her school breaks in
his home studio and in Broderick’s studio on the Oregon Coast.

Within her fiction studies in grad school, Gibson is finding her legs
as a storyteller. Amidst trauma, loss and recovery, she rediscovered
songwriting as a means of understanding her own life and choices.
Empire Builder grapples with independence, womanhood, solitude,
connection and aloneness. If Gibson has a thesis, it’s perhaps within
the final words of the title track: “Hurry up and lose me / Hurry up
and find me again.” With clear-eyed honesty, urgency and warmth,
Empire Builder succeeds in capturing the moment between loss and
Cotton Jones - (Set time: 10:00 PM)
Cotton Jones
The music of Cotton Jones speaks of transition: the passage from one form, state of mind, style or place to another. Songs become doorways to the past, or windows that open on some unnamed future, where innocence can still exist and perfection is thrown to the wind. Cotton Jones, as always, rests in arms of Nau and McGraw. "Tall Hours in the Glowstream,'" is the title of their new album. Some of the songs that made the final cut were tracked in northern States, while the majority were recorded and mixed in Winterville, Georgia, as a revolving cast of players, thinkers, and singers were invited to hang in the band's living-room studio. The resulting sounds are both rich and charmingly lo-fi, full of vivid imagery and more gorgeous vocal harmony.
The Grand Nationals - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
The Grand Nationals
Natives to Philadelphia, Adam Honeycutt & Ian Bennett formed The Grand Nationals to recreate the sounds of true American songwriting. The 2 songwriters have been collaborating over the past 5 years producing music and co-writing songs for each other’s projects and other musicians. This blend of Ryan Adam’s and Allman Brother’s is sure to catch your attention. (members of Like Lions & We Are Castles)
Venue Information:
Johnny Brenda's
1201 N. Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA, 19125