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Eddie Owen Presents: The Mulligan Brothers with Korby Lenker
Live @ Red Clay Music Foundry Saturday March 3rd, 2018 at 8 pm
Doors open 7:00 PM
The Mulligan Brothers are an Americana, bluegrass, folk, group from Mobile, AL. “Armed with a violin, acoustic guitar, drums and an upright bass fashioned from two old suitcases, the Mulligan Brothers, a quartet from Mobile, Ala., stand dead center at the crossroads generally defined as Americana. Folk, country and blues all factor into the sound, as Ross Newell’s nuanced, radio-ready voice brings the band’s story-songs to vivid life.” - Keith Spera, NOLA.com General Admission
Advanced tickets: $20 ($24 day of show)
The Mulligan Brothers met playing in bars in Mobile, Alabama and their name means second chances. The last few years has seen the band crisscross the country sharing the music from their first two albums to an ever growing, dedicated fan base. Early 2016 they made their European debut with sold out shows in Ireland and The Netherlands with appearances on major television shows in both countries resulting in both albums charting in the top ten on I-Tunes Netherlands.
The lyrics in Via Portland are built on Newell’s poetic imagery and storytelling in a warm, sincere voice that is full of feeling whether it is relaxed or strained. Touring the country and playing together most nights of the week sharpened harmony, background vocals, and dynamics in the instrumentation. New songs evolved in front of audiences, giving each musician time to develop his parts and how they fit together. "This album is honest and sincere from the ground up," lead singer Ross Newell says. "We stayed true to ourselves.

”The Mulligan Brothers are: Ross Newell (lead vocals, guitar, and songwriting); Ben Leininger (bass and vocals) and Greg DeLuca (drums and vocals); Melody Duncan on fiddle,guitar and vocals is the newest "Brother" replacing Gram Rea who has left the band to spend more time with his family, and will of course be missed. We all welcome Melody, a talented musician who adds a new dimension to the band. more >>>
KORBY LENKER'S 7TH STUDIO ALBUM WASN'T RECORDED IN A STUDIO.
It was created on the edge of the Snake River Canyon, in a cabin north of Sun Valley Idaho, in his father’s mortuary, and in a dozen other places. For music as unique and personal as Korby’s, it only made sense that the actual creation of THOUSAND SPRINGS be part of the story.

Says Lenker: “I grew up in Idaho. My first band, Clockwork Orange, practiced in a basement in Twin Falls. I learned how to play guitar by listening to records and learning the licks, one note at a time. The way I play and think about music now has a lot to do with growing up there, feeling isolated from the outside world. There weren’t a lot of people around me making music. I had to go out and find it.”

Korby's deliberate approach to music is the mainstay of career now tipping into its third decade. Along the way there have been numerous songwriting awards (including first place wins at the 2016 Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Songwriters Showcase) and festival appearances, (Sasquatch, Bumbershoot). Lenker has also shared the stage with such luminaries as Willie Nelson, Ray Lamontagne, Nickel Creek, Chris Isaak, to name a few.

It was in the publication of MEDIUM HERO, Lenker’s first collection of short stories (Turner Publishing December 2015) that he found his true voice, as well as his vision for THOUSAND SPRINGS.

“For me,” says Lenker, "the two most important qualities of good art are originality and meaning. By original, I mean you’ve got to tell your own story and no one else’s…one thing that was good for me when I moved to Nashville was that it forced me to really dig in and figure out what I did that was different than what everyone else was doing. In Nashville, everyone can write a song and everyone can sing. But there is actually very little in the way of true originality. I spent my first three years in town parking cars at a hotel and taking a bunch of chances, creatively speaking. No one really cared about me, which turned out to be very freeing. Those first years were when I wrote most of the stories that became Medium Hero. I started writing songs that tended toward personal meaning over commercial appeal, and along the way I discovered there was an audience for this approach to telling my story. That was the best discovery of all. There are people out there who will let me be myself!"

Deciding that Story is Everything, Korby hatched an ambitious plan for his 7th album. After raising $20K in a crowdfunding campaign, he purchased some recording gear and a high-end battery typically used in climbing expeditions, and drove out to Idaho to see what would happen. He recorded the heart of each song — the guitar and vocal — in different places important to him personally. He recorded during the day and slept in a tent at night. He blogged about it.

After recording the basic tracks, he spent the next several months driving around the country, recording his friends where they lived — in backyards and hotel rooms - in Seattle, Portland, LA, Austin, Madison, Boston and more. Thousand Springs was recorded in 7 states and features almost 30 different artists from the young folk scene, including Nora Jane Struthers, Critter Eldridge, Anthony Da Costa, Amy Speace, Molly Tuttle, Carrie Elkin, Kai Welch, Beck Warren and many more.

Finally, in full-circle flourish, Lenker brought the album back to the present, finishing up the recordings at his home in East Nashville.

Thousand Springs was produced by Korby Lenker, mixed by Paul Mitch, and mastered by Alex McCullough. It will be released by Soundly Music, distributed by RED July 14, 2017. more >>>
Tickets
General Admission
$20.00