Maggie Rose

Maggie Rose (9:30 PM)

Branches (8:30 PM)

Thu, July 14, 2016

8:00 pm

$15.00

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Maggie Rose - (Set time: 9:30 PM)
Maggie Rose
Maggie Rose transcends category, eliminates genre boundaries and illuminates all corners of popular music.

She’s not country, though there’s plenty of down-home truth in her voice. Neither does she lean toward pop or hip-hop or straight-ahead rock ’n’ roll.

She’s all of these things. She is, simply, Maggie Rose.

Born in Maryland, Maggie sang before she could talk. Not long after that, she started singing in church choirs and at weddings. Throughout high school, she developed her stage chops with a Bruce Springsteen cover band, which also backed her first performances of original music. Bright and ambitious, she entered Clemson University as a vocal performance major but left in her sophomore year and moved to Nashville, just like thousands of other musical dreamers.

“It wasn’t an easy decision for me,” Maggie admits, taking it easy in a Nashville coffee shop after rocking the roof off of 3rd and Lindsley the night before. “I valued my education and missed the friends I’d made at Clemson. But thankfully my parents backed me every step of the way. I wouldn’t have come this far without their love and support.”

“There were so many great things happening in music at the time in Nashville,” she remembers. “I wanted to soak up the artistry that surrounded me. I wrote and co-wrote constantly in order to hone my songwriting skills. Of course, I was scared and lonely in a strange new town — after all, I was only 19 and on my own. But I was determined to find my own voice and personal style. It was an intense process … It still is.”

Maggie connected quickly with key players in the country music world. One of the most important was Dallas Davidson, who has written hits for Lady Antebellum, Keith Urban, Blake Shelton, Lee Brice, Luke Bryan and dozens of other headliners.

“Dallas has been an important mentor to me,” Maggie says. “I was the first writer signed to his new publishing company. He gave me free rein to write and produce music with no boundaries. He’s one of my best friends, and it is no coincidence that since working with him I have had the most creative years of my life.”

Maggie’s signing was a milestone in her self-discovery. But she was already a seasoned performer and recording artist. Her mesmerizing sets on the Country Throwdown Tour with Gary Allan and the Free and Easy Tour with Sheryl Crow exploded her fan base. She became a favorite on the nationally syndicated Bobby Bones Show. Taste of Country promised that her debut album ‘Cut To Impress,’ produced by the legendary James Stroud and Blake Chancey, would “stop listeners in their tracks.”

Jon Caramanica of the New York Times called her debut album, “one of the year’s best country releases,” and “Maggie Rose is a sturdy heartbreaker on this album, which is full of astute, aggrieved songwriting (by herself and others) and attitude that even in the post-Miranda Lambert era feels knifelike.”

She won an Emmy Award in 2014 for “Get Ya Game On,” which she wrote for Comcast SportsNet’s coverage of the Baltimore Ravens, San Francisco 49ers and Washington Redskins, the Grand Ole Opry has invited her to go on the air more than 30 times and Vogue dubbed her a “country ‘It’ girl.”

All good, but for Maggie Rose something was missing. “I grew up on Shania Twain and the Dixie Chicks, sure. But I also listened to the Stones, Michael Jackson, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Sinatra … you name it. My tastes have always been diverse. When I look at my favorite artists today, versatility is their brand. I knew there was so much more that I could do. I had been restraining myself.”

New priorities surfaced. She began producing, first with her own music and then that of other artists like The Morrison Brothers. She would reach beyond the comforts of country and divine influences she’d suppressed since arriving in Nashville in 2008. Rather than conform to a single genre, she vowed to sculpt her new sound honestly and fearlessly.

With that, in part to address the scarcity of female artists on country radio, Maggie Rose launched a daring new project.

Throughout the summer of 2015, she posted a new and original song every Tuesday on IAmMaggieRose.com. She shared her self-explorations with all who would listen and then invited their candid comments. She announced the program June 2 with a courage few would risk, revealing her decision to “[create] without staying within the confines of what is considered ‘radio friendly’ … without reservations and without any apologies.”

With each Tuesday, traffic exploded on her website. Visitors witnessed her new sound — bigger, exhilarating, vibrant with hip-hop energy, high-impact ’80s rock and pretty much everything else Maggie Rose has absorbed along the way.

The enthusiasm sparked by her new music gave Maggie Rose the confirmation she needed. “It sounds really dramatic, but I had nothing to lose,” she admits. “I had come to a point where I didn’t even know if I wanted to be a performer anymore because I was so tired of compromising myself and my music. It made me choke up last night, when I was addressing the people who came to hear me and I said, ‘You guys reinvigorated my love for music. That’s why I’m here.”

Credit the fans, then, for what promises to be the rebirth of Maggie Rose. With barriers down, horizons broadened and boundless possibilities ahead, she just might change the musical landscape and all for the better.

“The words I apply to myself are ‘dynamic’ and ‘intentional,’” she sums up. “Often times artists are encouraged to focus on one genre, but that’s not for me. I want to experiment. That’s how I grow. That’s what has allowed me to start writing with Mannie Fresh and Big Boi. That’s why I’ve started exploring what I can do as a producer. I want to perform all over the world. My proclivity is to to step out of my comfort zone every day. That’s how I learn, by breaking my own barriers. That’s why I feel, for the first time, that I can really be an artist I was meant to be.”

Which is to say, again, she is simply Maggie Rose —unique and irresistible.
Branches - (Set time: 8:30 PM)
Branches
Best-friends turned band-mates, the lady and gentlemen of Branches are making music that they believe in.

Through both sing-along celebration and solitary longing, Branches offer their own brand of harmony-driven indie-rock, with elements of folk-instrumentation and pop-inspiration.

Splitting their time between Los Angeles and San Francisco, Branches have described their collaborative process as ‘a lot like long-distance dating’. In their case, absence makes the heart grow fonder, more inspired, and a little too familiar with the 413 miles of road that often lies between them. Their songwriting process has certainly been informed by the tension of this distance - while some songs have managed to form over the course of a single weekend (a la their sophomore EP 'Cabin'), others have required months of back-and-forth collaboration before taking their final shape. Recently, the band has passed the time on these all-night drives in long, dreamy conversations about the future, sharing their high-hopes for their upcoming full-length release, 'White Flag'.

This new collection of songs utilizes every instrument in Branches’ arsenal – electric guitar and banjo, harmonium and synthesizer, tambourine and roto tom – all in support of a lyrical exploration of the two-sided coin of surrender, and an acknowledgement that there are right and wrong times to throw in the towel. “These songs were born out of our friendship - in the last few years some of us have gotten engaged, gotten married, had kids, moved cities, and these songs have been with us through that process – and now, we’re seeing a sound that really reflects where we’ve been the last few years and where we think we’re going in the next few years. It feels like we’ve figured out how to make a sounds that is “us” – like we’ve figured out what we want to say.”

This much-anticipated full-length record debuts September, 2016.

In seasons past, Branches’ musical explorations have landed them on stage with such acts as MUTEMATH, Twin Forks, Family of The Year, and others. Branches has also earned significant success in television and trailer licensing, including placements on The X Factor, Cougar Town, and One Tree Hill. As one of “12 California Acts You Should Listen to Now” (Paste Magazine) and "the real reason Kevin Durant came out to the Bay to play for the Warriors" (Live 105), it's evident that Branches' burgeoning hype is matched only by their own eagerness to take these songs on the road.

When they’re not making music, the band spends most of their time laughing at each other, frequenting local Mexican cuisine, and loving their lives. Join them for a night of singing and see for yourself what their music is all about.
Venue Information:
Troubadour
9081 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90069
http://www.troubadour.com/

All lineups and times subject to change