Judah & The Lion

Judah & The Lion (9:00 PM)

The Saint Johns (8:00 PM)

Wed, April 20, 2016

7:00 pm

Adv Tix $13.00 / Day of Show Tix $15.00

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Judah & The Lion - (Set time: 9:00 PM)
Judah & The Lion
Years before forming one of Nashville's most genre-bending bands, the members of Judah & the Lion grew up in separate corners of the U.S., listening to every type of music that came their way. They loved it all: the twang of folk, the beat of hip-hop, the drive of rock & roll, the punch of pop. Later, after college brought all four musicians to Tennessee, it only made sense to combine those different backgrounds -- and different sounds -- together.

With their second full-length album, 'Folk Hop N Roll,' the guys shine a light on the place where their influences overlap. It's a wide-ranging sound, with fuzz bass, hip-hop percussion, distorted banjo riffs, and super-sized melodies all stirred into the same mixing pot.

"There's no boundaries," says frontman Judah Akers, who shares the band's lineup with drummer Spencer Cross, mandolin player Brian Macdonald, and banjo wiz Nate Zuercher. "We wanted to make something raw, something with attitude. We all grew up loving these hip-hop beats, so why not make an album that has the grit of Run DMC or Beastie Boys, along with all the folk instruments that we play?"

Like 'Kids These Days' -- the band's debut record, which climbed to number four on the Billboard Folk Chart and number two on the genre-wide Heatseekers chart after its release in September 2014 -- 'Folk Hop N Roll' was produced by award winner Dave Cobb (Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson, Chris Stapleton). Cobb captured the band's new songs in a series of quick, inspired takes, aiming for performances that sounded real and raw rather than polished and perfect. Everything was done in just two weeks. The goal was to fuel the album with the same electricity that fills the band's live show.

An independent band whose success has arrived not on the back of some big-budget major label, but through the band's own touring, Judah & the Lion have built a large, loyal fanbase on the road. They played 150 shows in 2015 alone, stretching their gigs all across America and Scandinavia. Along the way, they shared stages with artists like Mat Kearney, Drew Holcomb, and Ben Rector. That sort to drive -- the commitment to chasing down their dreams, one encore at a time -- also fuels the lyrics that appear on 'Folk Hop N Roll,' a record whose songs spin stories of struggle, triumph, and all points in between.

"This record was made for the live show," Akers promises. "Our shows are all about the experience we share with our fans. We know that people work everyday jobs or go to school, and they're dealing with life, and yet they're still choosing to spend the night with us. We don't take that lightly. We give them an experience. We throw an absolute rage. And all the songs were made with that in mind. They're fun, carefree, and youthful, and we live our lives that way, too."

Anthemic and wildly creative, 'Folk Hop N Roll' is unlike anything else in modern music. It's a rule-breaking record, with Judah & the Lion creating a sound that belongs entirely to them. From the earthy stomp of roots music to the bold bounce of hip-hop, 'Folk Hop N Roll' casts a wide net, proof that Judah & the Lion -- who are now four releases into their career -- have developed quite the roar.
The Saint Johns - (Set time: 8:00 PM)
The Saint Johns
Jordan Meredith and Louis
Johnson of The Saint Johns
have the ingredient every
special duo needs: chemistry.
Theirs is the kind of relationship where
neither finishes a sentence because the
other already gets it in just a few words.
It’s the kind of relationship that starts at
a friend’s Taco Tuesday party in St.
Augustine, Florida, in 2008. And it’s a
relationship everyone assumes is
romantic. But this meet-cute has an
unusual ending – it doesn’t end in
marriage, but a beautiful
partnership nevertheless that has
yielded The Saint Johns’ debut album
Dead of Night.
“I met Jordan at a party and she happened to have a guitar,” Johnson said. “All of our friends were
either hooking up or drunk or sleeping and we just stayed up playing shitty covers of Jack Johnson
songs until our ears were bleeding. We were definitely impressed by each other.” Not long after,
Meredith landed a gig at a local bar and invited Johnson to help fill a few long sets. Seven years later
as they prepare to release their major-label debut, Meredith and Johnson believe they’ve put in their
10,000 hours and have arrived at something pretty special.
“I think we’ve always understood that we create music together that we would never be able to create
on our own,” Meredith said. “We have this sort of weird yin-and-yang thing.”
They moved to New York to make it big – “We ended up just being broke.” Johnson said –
but nevertheless used the time to write and play together every day. They moved to Nashville
to regroup and The Saint Johns – named for the river that flows through the heart of their native
Florida – began to truly come into focus. They played shows anywhere and everywhere relentlessly –
“some good, some bad, some empty” – and released a well-received EP, Open Water, that got the duo
immediate support from the critics and the industry and helped land its first television appearance,
“Late Show with David Letterman.”
That EP captured the sweet Americana soul of the band’s early sound. Recorded with a full band,
Dead of Night is something more – more mature, more confident, more ambitious. The album, which
comes out in early 2016 on Kemosabe Records, producer Dr. Luke’s partnership with Sony Music,
began with demo recordings Johnson made. The two took them to David Kahne, a Grammy Awardwinning
producer and record label executive who’s worked with Paul McCartney, Stevie Nicks, The
Strokes, Lana Del Rey, Fishbone and many others.


“His process is just insane,” Johnson said. “David knows what he wants all the time. So he overhauled
a lot of what we had and it all ended up with the same feel, but elevated.”
“So much bigger,” Meredith echoed.
“I guess I was always afraid to put big kick drums in there and really have the groove be at
the forefront.” Johnson continued. “But David is so good at making sure the grooves are right, that they
push through and punch you in the face. That’s something he brought to the record so beautifully that I
don’t think we would ever have gotten there on our own.”
A group of songs began to stand out in the studio. The deeply personal “Shadowplay” will be the first
song to radio, an unofficial release that captures the duo’s close harmony and exposed feelings in a
way that reminds you of Low’s measured sense of drama. Meredith and Johnson wrote the song with
friend Jake Etheridge, a Nashville singer-songwriter with a large following in Europe.
“I had a lyric and a melody started and the boys were kind of making fun of me because it was so
emotional,” Meredith said. “But the further we got into it and the more the song developed, I realized
how therapeutic the song was for me. Shadowplay talks about pulling a loved one out of darkness, out
of depression. I think it was what I needed to hear at that time in my life.”
The track was the first overwhelmingly successful co-write outside the core duo and encouraged them
to do many more. “We tried to add Jake to our band, but he’s basically a pop star in Holland, so that’s
never going to happen,” Meredith said.
So they turned to Vince Schumerman for assistance on first single “Lost the Feeling” – a song, like
most of their co-writes, that was written in the band’s dining room. The running-through-the-night vibe
of the song is the duo’s nod to Fleetwood Mac and their shared love for Rumours.
“It’s a grooving song about heartbreak,” Meredith said. “We have a hard time not writing depressing
songs. It was nice to have someone to pull us out of our dark corner. Although, lyrically the song is still
depressing.”
Another dining-room diamond is “Dead of Night,” the album’s title track, written with Meredith’s
husband, JT Daly. It’s a ‘90s rocker with telecaster in your face: “It sounds happy until you listen to the
lyrics and find out that it’s a desperate plea from one person to another,” Johnson said.
“I think the theme we found running through the album is the really beautiful juxtaposition between
dark and light, so that title just seemed so fitting for the album,” Meredith said. “The song itself can
speak for the entire album in a way. It’s a special song.”
Venue Information:
Troubadour
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069
http://www.troubadour.com/

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