Ari Hest / Sarah Siskind
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A prolific songwriter and captivating live performer, Ari Hest is returning to Cafe 939 to kick of his national spring tour. Many singer/songwriters toil for months on their Macs, trying to make a demo that sounds polished enough to score a record deal with a major label. But Ari Hest has done the exact opposite, as he continues to defy the conventional route of a musician, largely because of his ambitious 52 project. He spent all of last year immersed in an unprecedented effort: to write, record, produce, and release one new song per week, 52 weeks in a row. Now he will self-release his new studio CD, Twelve Mondays. The album features reworked versions of 12 fan-selected songs, culled from the past year's extraordinary output.
Also performing is Sarah Siskind. She is seen as one of today's most eclectic songwriters, with songs covered by Alison Krauss, Randy Travis, Bon Iver, the Infamous Stringdusters, April Verch, and more. Krauss released both Siskind songs as singles, and in 2008 her rendition of "Simple Love" was nominated for a Grammy.