Reed Foehl / Putnam Murdock / von Grey

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Wednesday / September 26, 2012 / 8:00 p.m.
Red Room at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street

Steeped in the folk tradition, Reed Foehl is largely known for his lyrical ability as an artist. He possesses a talent and a voice that are very seldom seen (or heard). Foehls' landscape of lush tones and solid songs touch the raw truth of love and tragedy, without sinking into saccharine sentimentality or cold remove. His albums pull together a touch of country, folk, and edgy roots-rock with the bold honesty intrinsic to modern songwriting.

A Boston native based in Colorado since 1989, Foehl started his musical career as the founding member and frontman of the worldwide indie folk phenomenon Acoustic Junction. After soaring AJ to the top of the charts in the indie folk genre, Foehl stepped back from the touring life to raise his son, and focused on his solo musical career. His simple yet powerful, direct compositions have caught the attention of new fans nationwide through commercial radio airplay and placements for television and film.

Putnam Murdock got his start as a professional musician touring with the rock band Chief Broom. With Murdock as front man, the group achieved a slot on the 1997 H.O.R.D.E. tour, appeared in festivals at Red Rocks Amphitheater, and sold out venues throughout the western United States. in 1999 Murdock attended Berklee College of Music, where he graduated with a songwriting degree in 2002. Since then, Murdock has been performing across the country with artists such as Foehl, Ben Taylor, Martin Sexton, Gregory Alan Isakov, William Topley, and Kaki King.

Working in a vein similar to that of such contemporaries as the Civil Wars and Mumford & Sons, von Grey masterfully melds folk, bluegrass, and country influences, imbuing time-honored musical idioms with a distinctly modern sensibility. Its forthcoming five-song EP captures the band’s essence and the raw intensity of its live performances. The four sisters have been playing music nearly their entire lives. With their soulful four-part harmonies, poetic lyrics, and indelible melodies, it’s easy to see why the Atlanta Journal Constitution would hail von Grey as “nothing short of stunning.”

$10 advance, $12 day of show