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Payomet Performing Arts Center presents Americana powerhouse Spuyten Duyvil's "Big Sound, Big Drama and Big Groove" (HuffPo) on April 25th

Apr 21 | Posted by: Mark
 

Rising Hudson Valley-based "raucous roots" (NYT) ensemble releases their 3rd studio album, "The Social Music Hour Vol. 1", at the historic Wellfleet Preservation Hall.
Laney Jones and The Spirits open.
 

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Preview "The Social Music Hour Vol. 1"

"Infused in blues and smoked with folk.. an Americana treasure chest."  - Easy Ed, No Depression
 
On Saturday April 25th, Spuyten Duyvil will make it's debut on Cape Cod at The Wellfleet Preservation Hall, presented by The Payomet Performing Arts Center and celebrating the release of "The Social Music Hour Vol. 1". The band's 3rd full length CD is a self described love letter to Harry Smith's iconic "Anthology of American Music" featuring 'essential traditional songs' popularized by Mississippi John Hurt, Elizabeth Cotten, Big Bill Broonzy, Woody Guthrie, Lead Belly and more 'arranged by the band for today's listener'.

In it's first weeks out, the CD is receiving a lot of love with airplay on over 100 stations, a "Top Ten Song of the Week" from the Alternate Root Magazine, a "CD Of The Week" selection on WFMT (IL), a full-CD, live showcase on WNTI (NJ), and features on WAER (NY), WGCS (IN), KOPN (MO), Kansas Public Radio (KS), WVBR (NY), 2AIR FM (Australia), WESU (CT), KAFM (CO), WVIE (St. Croix), and Hutt Radio (New Zealand).

Laney Jones and The Spirits will open the show singing tales of love and adventure with a voice that has been described as “a mix of lemon, molasses, gin and gunpowder” (WPRK).

** More on "The Social Music Hour Vol. 1" **

"Those masters of high-octane Americana… have achieved a breakthrough on their new CD" 
- John Platt, WFUV

"Totally irresistible! … This one will get a LOT of airplay."
 - Bob McWilliams, Kansas Public Radio


Returning to the band's beginnings (a porch, a bouzouki, a copy of Rise Up Singing), producer Joe Iadanza and SD's Mark Miller mined this sing-along bible for great popular songs of the early 1900's. Seeking the lyrically relevant, known but not worn out, open for suggestion song, that thrive with re-interpretation. Familiar, forgotten words find new meaning in this historically informed but thoroughly contemporary treatment. Jug Band, Blues, 2nd Line, Piedmont, Roots and Folkrock blend the decades.
 
The intimate sound of Spuyten Duyvil's 1898 Victorian living room turned live room is key. Old wood, plaster, real spaces, vintage guitars and hot tubes are captured in warm, analog tones by room designer and engineer Jim Keller (Willie Nelson, Nellie McKay). Recorded by the full band (no click, no net), the tracks burst with life, joy and vitality.
 
Five years of touring lend familiarity, intimacy and intuition to the dynamics. The band clearly knows and enjoys one another. They play off of each other. They harmonize as old friends. And then there is her voice. Lead singer Beth Jamie Kaufman stretches out and luxuriates. She inhabits characters, styles and emotions with ease, sincerity and virtuosity.

"The inspired exploration of traditional American folk songs on "The Social Music Hour, Vol. 1" affirms Spuyten Duyvil's place among today's finest roots and Americana acts." 
- Noah Swistak, Philadelphia Folksong Society

"The key to demonstrating that one has an honest grasp on the essence of traditional music is unapologetically riding that line between reverence for the source material and enjoying the reckless abandon that comes from making those traditions live. Spuyten Duyvil does that joyously..."
 - Mark D. Moss, Sing Out!
 
The band's 2013 CD “Temptation” quickly reached the #2 song and #7 album spots on the International Folk DJ Chart and broke in to the Top 20 of The Roots Music Report Airplay Chart Top 30 of the Roots 66 Airplay Chart. Spuyten Duyvil’s first release, “New Amsterdam” (2011) received a “Top American Roots Album 2011” nomination from The Alternate Root TV and placement on a dozen radio DJ “Top Ten” lists.
 
2014 saw the band tour the Northeast, Midwest and Northern California with featured shows at Citi Field (Formerly Shea Stadium), Winter's Eve at Lincoln Center, and The Philadelphia Folk Festival's main stage. In 2015, they'll be hitting the road with CD Release shows including Rockwood Music Hall Stage II (NYC), Club Passim (MA), The Payomet Center For The Performing Arts (Cape Cod, MA), One Longfellow Square (ME), Burlap and Bean (PA), Caramoor Center For The Performing Arts (Katonah, Westchester, NY) and WFMT's Folkstage (IL).


The Payomet Performing Arts Center is Cape Cod's premiere non-profit performing arts organization that produces exciting professional live music, theatre and humanities events rooted in strong social values.  Payomet is an organization that believes in their audience. Artistic decisions are greatly influenced by the eclectic tastes of the outer Cape audience, seasonal visitors as well as year-round residents. For this reason, their programming can be described asoutside the box and inside the community.

The Wellfleet Preservation Hall
represents a unique blend of past and present. In the last months of 2006, the creative reuse of this nearly century old building was envisioned by a small group of Wellfleet residents. A non profit 501 c3 organization was formed with the challenge to preserve a unique part of Wellfleet’s architecture, breathing new life and new use into the space left vacant and deteriorating. The mission: To bring vibrancy and a sense of community back to Main Street by creating a unique hub at Wellfleet Preservation Hall that offers space for the intersection of art, culture and community.
For more information go to http://www.payomet.org or call (508) 487 5400.

 

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