One of our performers this evening is Stacey Joy. Stacey Joy’s heritage, like her music, is a ‘mix of almost everything’. Born in the foothills of Northern California, she taught herself piano at the age of five and has been playing with melodies ever since. At nineteen she left home and went to live in Mendoza, Argentina, where, inspired by the down-to-earth music of the gauchos, she picked up the guitar and began experimenting with songs.
She then worked her way around the world, seeking out the music that reflected the stories, souls, hopes and fears of every day people — from the searing rhythms of Brazil to the haunting ballads of the high Andes and celtic traditions to the rich folk, blues, swing and native songs of her homeland. Stacey Joy’s own sound was fused along the way. Unlike many artists, who all too often tend to get stuck in one place, Stacey Joy refuses to be limited in any way. She is a musical nomad whose uncompromising gypsy soul can be felt in the real and raw vibrancy of her songs and the compelling energy of her live performances.
‘My home is the road. I love the flow of it. I meet members of my tribe every day. In every town, city, state, country, island. My people are everywhere, and we’re growing. There’s a soulful revolution happening right now. I see it, I feel it and I’m grateful to be a part of it.”
Stacey Joy's breakthrough album, The Journey Unfolds, was nominated in four categories at the prestigious New Mexico Music Awards in 2017, including Best of the Year, Best Singer/Songwriter, Best Recording Engineer and Best Americana. She went on to win the award for Best Americana Artist with her song, Breathing Light.
Our second set tonight is The Rough and Tumble.
The Rough & Tumble used to say that they “used to say they were from Nashville, TN.” But nearing the end of their third year on the road full time with their original rescue tour dog, Butter, and her kid sister, Puddle, who was picked up along the way in Alabama, it’s hard to say if they are from anywhere at all. Pennsylvania-born Mallory Graham and California-born Scott Tyler have lived in their 16’ camper since 2015, making tire tracks nationwide since 2011 as a folk-Americana duo. Their history goes back as far as New England in the fall of 2007 and as close as going from friends to bandmates to married bandmates. The story is as linear and circular as any, but one thing stands out:
Their home is the road. But also, it’s not.
With the upcoming release of their first full length record, We Made Ourselves a Home When We Didn’t Know (2018), the folk-Americana duo retraces their mileage back to their footsteps and explores the struggle between going home and being home already when there's no other home and everywhere is home. Recorded in East Nashville with Dave Coleman, The Rough & Tumble invited a couple of musician friends from their sad-singer-songwriter and rock-n-roll-rebel days to accompany them on a portrait of what has happened so far, and what they hope is still to come.
We Made Ourselves a Home When We Didn’t Know comes after a long line of first EP’s (three, to be exact from 2011-2012); a year-long, 24-song, tongue-in-cheek writing project called The Rough & Tumble’s Holiday Awareness Campaign (2013); a soundtrack for a short film about women, war, and PTSD called Pieces and Pieces (2016); and their latest EP, Cardboard and Christmas Lights [(2017)( Rock Candy Recordings)].
Prolific songwriters and born-travelers, The Rough & Tumble are already planning their 2018 on the road, spanning from coast-to-coast, and are writing toward a 2019 release. In November 2017, they lost their best pal, Butter-- a tough blow that brought the crew back to three. They are willing to consider stopping, should the music run out of them and the road end. But until then, they are likely cross referencing a map to a calendar at this very moment for a show near you.