The Center for the Arts presents
with Garrett Pierce and Jeffrey Dupra opening
Saturday, February 18, 2017, 8:00 pm
Tom Brosseau is a folksinger and songwriter from North Dakota. He comes from a working family with a musical background, though none have received formal training. His grandmother Lillian Uglem taught him the acoustic guitar while he was in grade school.
He has toured Japan, Canada, Portugal, Iceland, Australia; performed in bars, backyards, grand halls, subways, theaters, old folks homes; exchanged songs and poetry with many talented folks, including Susan Orlean, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Patrick Marber, Bonnie Raitt and the late Sam Hinton.
Mayor Mike Brown presented Brosseau the Key to the City of Grand Forks, North Dakota in 2007 for his album of original work entitled Grand Forks. The songs were based on the devastating Red River flood of 1997. Natalie Portman chose a track from Grand Forks,”Plaid-lined Jacket” as part of her continuing work with FINCA, an organization whose mission is to assist communities of impoverishment.
Since 2010, Brosseau has performed with Becky Stark and John C. Reilly in John Reilly & Friends, a band devoted to the current American folk music revival, whose members also include Dan Bern, Willie Watson, Greg Leisz, Jerry Roe and Sebastian Steinberg. In 2011, Reilly and Brosseau recorded a 7″ vinyl single entitled John & Tom that was produced by Jack White for Third Man Records.
Tom Brosseau has toured with John Doe, Juliana Hatfield, PJ Harvey, and his songs have been covered by such acts as Chris Thile (bluegrass), Mice Parade (shoe gaze), Silje Nes (experimental), Emily & Christy (pop).
He currently resides in Los Angeles, California.
Garrett Pierce pens songs that are literary in style with well-worked lyrics and a voice that soars over dark, ethereal melodies.“Ranging from raving pop to solemn folk, from Shins-like exuberance to Mark Kozalek’s charismatic sadness” – East Bay Express
He began writing for magazines and playing in rock bands as a teen in Los Angeles before permanently relocating to the Bay Area in the early 2000’s. His first full-length album ‘Like A Moth’ was a stripped down acoustic affair with guest appearances by notable songwriters Jolie Holland and Matt Bauer. Garrett then traveled and toured Europe where he was honored to support Nick Cave in Greece. With a pocketful of songs, he returned to make ‘All Masks’ (Crossbill Records) – a lush album recorded in the gold rush town of Columbia, CA featuring strings, wind instruments and a cast of over ten musicians.
“Loving the moody, mythic tunes on SF songsmith’s All Masks” – Kimberly Chun, SF Chronicle
Garrett’s 2012 record ‘City of Sand’ (Narnack Records) was largely biographical, commenting on his dizzying relationship with the city and growing desire to leave for more natural settings. During this period, Garrett began splitting his time between Sonoma County and San Francisco – playing clubs throughout the bay area at night and working in the wine industry during the day.
Garrett has completed his fourth record titled ‘Dusk’ which will be released on February 17, 2017 in partnership with Crossbill Records.
Other than continuing to be a voracious reader of classic American authors like Richard Brautigan, John Steinbeck, Ernest Hemingway and Henry Miller, he is an avid mushroom forager, and when he’s not in the studio you might find him somewhere in the redwoods of the Sonoma Coast walking through the damp earth. For fans of Will Oldham, Iron & Wine, Jeff Buckley, and Elliot Smith.
“Filled with the sort of oblique yet emotionally satisfying wordplay that is reminiscent of a Murakami novel” – Santa Cruz Metro
Jeffrey Wanzer Dupra is a folk singer/songwriter, artist, writer and performer from upstate New York currently residing in Northern California. He loves the wilderness, his family, friends, good food, books, basketball, and the pursuit, practice, and preservation of magic, wonder, mystery, and awe.
This show is to celebrate the release of a new collection of songs entitled “Spring Street”.
These songs represent a shift into low gear, for a heavy load or a long climb, and a strong engine. They are about family, hard work, everyday, love, fear, hope, violence, nature, and holding it all together and finding a way to make it work. We were four people in a worn out, serially rented two bedroom apartment. Noise before silence, patience, irritation, check to check to check to check, a drink, neighbors stopping by, another drink, all while evolving a plan.
Our triumphs and our struggles were at times expanded and diminished by just how ordinary they were, and in that way I have come to see that they are not just our own.
We used to live on Spring Street but we don’t anymore…