By SAM WATSON
Marketing Contact, Ignition Music Garage
GOSHEN — The October concert series at Ignition Music Garage, voted top ten favorite venue by the Americana music association, continues with Tall Heights Oct. 22 and Jeffrey Foucault Oct. 24.
Folk has become a funny label for Tall Heights. It felt right when they went all-in on a career in music, street performing over 100 days in 6 months to fund their first recordings. It felt right when their plucky single, ”To Be Young,” worked its way into the hearts of their hometown, Boston, and spread to the nation on Pandora and Spotify. It felt right when they played 300-plus shows in 13 and 14 all across the United States.
However, as sounds from their looming Oct. 15 EP, “Holding on, Holding Out,” begin to surface, Tall Heights is staying true to their harmony, cello and guitar laden souls, while creating something indie, something chic, something new.
A show played perfectly to an empty bar. A singer with life and death on his shoulders, swinging a microphone like Samson swung a jawbone. The real ones who die with nothing half the time. With “Salt As Wolves,” Jeffrey Foucault gives us in sound and image what poet and author Chris Dombrowski calls in the albums liner notes, that rare artistic combination of a voice and a world: a tough, spare collection of darkly rendered blues and ballads, like a field recording of a place that never existed. In a series of letters to lovers, friends, heroes and family, Foucault deftly weaves together disparate strands of sound and experience, raw love and hard wisdom.
One of the finest songwriters of his generation, Jeffrey Foucault has taken, in his own words, the small roads; building a brick and mortar independent international touring career of ten studio albums, countless miles and critical accolades. Hes been lauded for stark, literate songs that are as wide open as the landscape of his native Midwest (The New Yorker) and described as quietly brilliant (The Irish Times), while catching the ear of everyone from Greil Marcus to Don Henley (who regularly covers Foucault in his live set), to Van Dyke Parks (who offered to play on Foucaults 2011 offering, Horse Latitudes, after catching a live radio interview).
Salt as wolves is a line from Othello describing boldness; a fitting title to frame a record of blues played bold and loosely, without rehearsal or cant. With his fifth collection of original songs Foucault stakes out and enlarges the ground hes been working diligently all the new century, quietly building a deep, resonant catalog of songs about about love, memory, God, desire, wilderness and loss. “Salt As Wolves” gives us Jeffrey Foucault at the height of his powers, fronting an all-star band, turning the wheel of American music.
Ignition Music Garage presents Tall Heights Thursday, Oct. 22, as part of the ongoing Ignition Concert Series. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the concert begins at 7:30 p.m.
Seated tickets are $20. Standing tickets are $15.
Ignition Music Garage presents Jeffrey Foucault Saturday, Oct. 24, as part of the ongoing Ignition Concert Series. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20.
Tickets may be purchased at Ignition Music Garage, by phone at (574) 971-8282, or online at ignitionmusic.net.