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Eddie From Ohio
with Jake Armerding
Saturday, Dec 21, 2013 8:00 PM CST
SPACE, Evanston, IL
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Too energetic to be labeled just "folk", and not angry enough to be pegged "alternative", Eddie from Ohio continues to defy description with their unique blend of vocals and acoustic instrumentation. A bedrock foundation of hand and stick percussion and a textural flavoring of guitar/bass/harmonica support the four-part harmonies and lyrically-driven original music. While this combination has drawn comparisons like the Grateful Dead meets Peter, Paul & Mary, or like Jewel fronts the Bare Naked Ladies, EFO fuses a multitude of musical influences to create their own trademark sound. Performing Songwriter writes, "The manic strumminess recalls Ani DiFranco or Dave Matthews, but there's also a deep undercurrent of high, lonesome mountain harmony that should appeal to fans of Alison Krauss and Union Station."
The Boston Globe calls singer-violinist Jake Armerding "the most gifted and promising songwriter to emerge from the Boston folk scene in years."
*Cosmos in the Chaos* is his sixth full-length release. "Leonard Bernstein once said that for him, music is cosmos in chaos. It seemed to fit with this collection of songs: that they could serve as an oasis for someone wrapped up in this chaotic life. They get closer to the sound in my head than anything I've done before," says Armerding.
After joining a farm CSA in 2009, he adopted the idea for his own projects, and launched Community Supported Art in late 2011. The Jake Armerding CSA, now in its second year, delivers a digital box of new, independent music and artwork to subscribers each month. A collection of songs from this musical experiment became the basis for the new album.
Armerding grew up playing classical violin and listening to 80's pop radio. Over the course of 1500 performances, he has shared the stage with Bela Fleck, Nickel Creek, Josh Ritter, David Wilcox and Toad the Wet Sprocket.
He lives in Boston.