Preview: Josh Rouse @ Jammin’ Java, 12/12/19

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Josh Rouse (Photo by Manolo Millan)

Rootsy singer-songwriter Josh Rouse recently released The Holiday Sounds of Josh Rouse, although he never thought he would release a Christmas album! And he’s going one step further to play Christmas songs at Jammin’ Java on Thursday, Dec. 12.

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Live Review: Willie Nile @ Jammin’ Java — 11/24/19

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Willie Nile (Photo by Christina Arrigoni)

Some musicians find their desire to make art stifled. Following a contract dispute with his original record label, Willie Nile spent a couple decades working, as he said, “a day job.” But Willie, who comes from a family of musicians — his uncles worked in vaudeville — never gave up on his dreams. He kept writing songs, and would occasionally perform on the East Coast and in Europe.

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Live Review: The Low Anthem @ Jammin’ Java — 11/21/19

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The Low Anthem (Photo courtesy Blind Ambition Management)

Haunting. Spectral. These are a few words that describe the folk-Americana of The Low Anthem, who appeared at Jammin’ Java recently. Following a switch to the Joyful Noise label, TLA has released a limited-edition vinyl pressing of their 2008 album, Oh My God, Charlie Darwin. They played the entire record, described as a “very sciencey gospel” album, along with some newer material.

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Live Review: Allison Moorer @ Jammin’ Java — 11/15/19

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Allison Moorer performs at the Lincoln Center’s American Songbook on Feb. 8, 2018. (Photo by Steven Pisano)

Allison Moorer has written a new book, Blood, and released a new companion album of the same title. The book and album are a meditation on coming terms with her family legacy: In 1986, when she was 14, following a long history of abuse, her father shot her mother, then turned the gun on himself. Her sister, fellow musician Shelby Lynne, was 17.

Melissa Block, special correspondent at NPR, moderated a discussion with Allison about the book and album at Jammin’ Java recently.

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Preview: Allison Moorer @ Jammin’ Java, 11/15/19

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Allison Moorer (Photo by Heidi Ross)

Acclaimed singer-songwriter Allison Moorer released her autobiography Blood: A Memoir last month via Da Capo Press. She’s coming to perform at Jammin’ Java on Friday, Nov. 15, when she holds a conversation about her book with NPR’s Melissa Block and then follows the chat with a solo acoustic performance from the books’ accompanying album of the same name.

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Live Review: Robbie Fulks @ Jammin’ Java — 9/21/19

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Robbie Fulks (Photo by Andy Goodwin)

Bloodshot artist Robbie Fulks had a special treat for his audience at Jammin’ Java recently. With him on tour was the distinguished violinist/fiddler (they’re actually the same instrument!) and singer-songwriter Jenny Scheinman. The two have a working relationship that dates back to at least 2013, appearing on each other’s albums. Each individually talented, they gelled together perfectly for the best duo performance I’ve seen this year.

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