Next Week at Rams Head On Stage!

Here’s what we’ve got next week at Rams Head On Stage in Annapolis. Come on out and enjoy some live music! You won’t be sorry!

Sunday, April 21 – Willy Porter & Robbie Schaefer
GENRE: Pop/Rock/Folk

Willy Porter:

Listeners want varied things from music. Often we want to dance, set a mood, hear a story or tap into some rarely-touched sorrow.

Willy Porter’s music manages to do so many of these things, while bringing the audience into his walk through the world. Some of his songs are soft poems, others observances from a dusty street corner. Some are songs about life’s obstacles, regrets, or a glimpse of a mother and child riding a bus.

For folks who want to hear some excellent guitar-playing, he does that, too. Better than just about anyone you’ve ever heard.

“An acoustic picker with the Olympian speed of Leo Kottke bolstered by rootsy vocals and twisting, offbeat lyrics that evoked John Hiatt…” — Boston Globe

Robbie Schaefer is the guitarist and songwriter for the acclaimed independent folk/rock band Eddie From Ohio.

Monday, April 22 – Billy Bragg w. Kim Churchill
GENRE: Pop/Rock/ Folk

Singer/songwriter and Wilco collaborator Billy Bragg has just released a new album, “Tooth & Nail” on March 18th, his first in five years. The album was inspired by, of all things, a tweet. After one of his fans referred to Bragg as, “the sherpa of heartache, guiding us all up the hill,” Bragg decided to turn his songwriting chops toward the plight of the personal rather than his usual realm of politics.

“Most people, when they hear my name, think of polemical anthems born in struggle,” Bragg said in a news release. “I often find myself having to remind people that I am also the Sherpa of Heartbreak, writing songs about the struggle to maintain our relationships with those we love the most.”

It’s been over a quarter century since Billy Bragg took the stage for his first solo gig at North London Polytechnic. Since then our Billy has traveled the world and spoken to everybody twice. He has recorded hit singles, composed Top Ten albums, penned political anthems sung at rallies, kept alive traditional English folk songs, put his own spin on America’s greatest folk catalog and sung his heart out doing so. He has appeared on both MTV and late night highbrow chat shows, singing his mind on the first and speaking his mind on the latter. Building a career which has shaped the face of alternative folk-rock across the globe.

Tuesday, April 23 – Hem w. Ruut and Dawn Landes
GENRE: FOLK/POP/beautiful vocals

Hem’s music is calm, dreamy, elegant, and exquisitely bittersweet. “This Brooklyn quartet”, says the Washington Post, “plays sophisticated, subtle orch-pop that just happens to have a twang.” The group forges a lush, poignant sound capped by the incredible voice of Sally Ellyson, a serene yet aching instrument.

Formed in 1999, Hem self-released their debut Rabbit Songs in 2002 to critical acclaim, establishing themselves as one of the most promising bands to emerge from Brooklyn. Since then, they’ve released four full-length albums.

This show has some added excitement because Ruut and Dawn Landes are tagging along for some of Hem’s tour dates.

Wednesday, April 24 – K’s Choice feat. Sarah Bettens w. A Fragile Tomorrow
GENRE: Pop/Rock

It has been 17 years since the brother-and-sister-fronted band, K’s Choice, released its second album “Paradise in Me,” which featured the universal hit song “Not an Addict.”

Though the band never really gained commercial success in the U.S. — there were appearances at the Lilith Fair, Lollapalooza and the wildly popular former HFStivals — K’s Choice has been a huge hit throughout Europe for nearly two decades.

They are bringing A Fragile Tomorrow along with them on this tour.

Thursday, April 25 – Desert Rose Band feat. Chris Hillman of The Byrds
GENRE: Country

Desert Rose Band is an all-star group fronted by Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Chris Hillman (The Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers), Herb Pedersen (The Dillards, The Laurel Canyon Ramblers, Old and In the Way, Emmylou Harris, Dan Fogelberg, Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, John Denver,) and John Jorgenson (Elton John, Bob Dylan, Bob Seger, The Hellecasters, and the John Jorgenson Quintet) along with ACM bass player of the year Bill Bryson (Laurel Canyon Ramblers, Dan Fogelberg, Bluegrass Cardinals).

This three-time Academy of Country Music Awards winning lineup brings you a stripped down and intimate show of their greatest hits and a healthy dose of classics from Hillman’s Gram Parsons/Flying Burrito Brothers era (“Wheels,” “Sin City”). Hillman is a four-time Grammy nominee and recipient of numerous CMA and ACM awards. His songs have also been recorded by many notable artists including Tom Petty, Dwight Yoakam, Emmylou Harris, The Oak Ridge Boys, Dan Fogelberg, and Beck.

Saturday, April 27 – Junior Brown
1pm | $25
GENRE: Country/Rock

“A lot of people tell me they don’t like country music, but they like what I am doing,” says Junior Brown. “I hear that line more than anything else,” which is ironic because a couple of licks is all it takes to erase any doubts concerning Junior’s stylistic allegiance.

His music combines the soul of country and the spirit of rock n’ roll. There’s usually a wide-eyed look accompanying one who witnesses Junior’s unique instrumental prowess for the first time… or the second, or third, for that matter. Junior invented his own guitar, one that combines the standard 6-string guitar and the steel guitar. In Junior’s hands, the guit-steel is an amazing tool, a means to creating some of the hottest, most heartfelt playing heard in years (and in a town like Austin, that’s saying something). His talents have led major magazines like Musician to herald Junior as a genius. Life magazine honored him as the only contemporary musician included in their “All Time Country Band,” and Guitar Player magazine’s 1994 “Best of…” listings made him their #1 lap steel player, #2 Country Artist, and #3 country album (Guit With It).

Saturday, April 27 – Pop Rock Legend and Pioneer TOMMY ROE
GENRE: 60s Pop/Rock

Tommy Roe wrote, co-wrote, and recorded six Top Ten Hits between 1962 and 1969, more than any other single artist/songwriter during this period.  Four of them were RIAA certified gold records and two of his hits, “Sheila” and “Dizzy” topped the Billboard Chart at #1. Tommy had a total of eleven records reach the Billboard Top Forty. Mid show he will do a Q&A session  while the stage is being changed over for the acoustic set with band leader and lead guitarist Rick Levy.

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