Feb. 16:  Nels Andrew / Inland Traveler

We're delighted to present NELS ANDREWS, a singer/songwriter based in Santa Barbara, California, who has spent the last decade wandering, gathering songs, and singing them all over the globe, sharing them around campfires, coffeeshops, clubs , festivals, and living room floors.

Critically, he’s struck a nerve, earning songwriting awards from prestigious US festivals such as Kerrville, Telluride, and Mountain Stage. BBC 2's legendary DJ Bob Harris (The Old Grey Whistle Test) recognized his work as an album of the year. He has been in the top 5 of the year Americana UK charts, as well as KRO Dutch National Radio, Alt-country NL, Ctrl Alt Country (Belgium), and the European Radio Americana Chart . Nels’ premiere album Sunday Shoes continued to find itself in Top Ten albums of the year lists, almost always as the only independent release. His second album, Off Track Betting, received similar critical acclaim, leading to headlining shows at the Paradiso in Amsterdam, and national television broadcast from the legendary Bim Huis in Amsterdam.

His latest record “Scrimshaw” is his second collaboration with producer Todd Sickafoose (Anais Mitchell, Ani Difranco, Andrew Bird), and tells stories culled from a time off the road, working as a chauffer in Manhattan. Scrimshaw was released last April in Europe, debuted at #1 on the Euro-Americana charts and has gathered rave reviews internationally.

Nels has shared stages across the US and Europe with the likes of Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, Dick Gaughan, Slaid Cleaves, and The Tallest Man on Earth , main stage performances at Kerrville, Telluride, and twice on the main stage at Holland's TakeRoot festival, The Big Big Country festival in Glasgow, Scotland, and The Orange/Vodaphone Evolution festival in Newcastle, England.

"Strikingly intimate album that combines deft storytelling with a warmth of tone and gentleness of pace..awash with layers, metaphors and echoes woven into subtle, contemplative contemporary song. Like finding a seashell at the back of a dusty cupboard, putting it to your ear and hearing the ocean". Rachel Divine, Folk Radio UK

“The scrimshaw songs are so carefully made, like the stuff of the title itself, fine etchings on bone. Nels is a master carver, an artist patient and obsessed enough to turn a whale of an idea into something delicate and beautiful from any angle.” Anais Mitchell

A year ago on Presidents Day weekend, we hosted a wonderful four-person group of singer-songwriters hailing from Austin and Toronto, The Sweetness.   On this same weekend in 2013, we now are pleased to host the group INLAND TRAVELER, a collective made up of singer/songwriters Gerald Edward, Lucas Madrazo and Katie Locke, whose sound mixes Americana and folk. As one of the more delightful collaborations springing from the musical renaissance taking place in Brooklyn, NY, the trio's refreshing emphasis on melody and good storytelling hearkens back to the vocal-heavy supergroups of the 70's.

Since its inception in the summer of 2010, Inland Traveler has played many well-received shows at venues all over the Northeast, including Bryn Mawr College, Rockwood Music Hall, Pete’s Candy Store, World Cafe Live and Le Poisson Rouge. The group recently released its first EP, entitled "River Always Run," which can be heard below.

Stone Room House Concerts 2013
Doors at 7:30 pm; Music at 8 pm

Sat., March 16:  Barnaby Bright w/Wytold
Sat., March 23: Danny Schmidt & Carrie Elkin
Sat., May 11:  We're About 9
Sat., June 22:  3 Penny Acre w/Nicolette Good 
Sat., October 26:  Edie Carey w/Chatham Street

Stone Room @ Bikenetic 2013 
Doors at 6:30 pm; Music at 7 pm
 RSVP to stoneroomconcerts@gmail.com

February 10: Barrett Smith  w/ Emily Henry