Canceled - JP Harris' Dreadful Wind & Rain w/ Little Nora Brown

Sat Apr 11 2020

9:00 PM (Doors 8:30 PM)

The Basement

1604 Eighth Ave South Nashville, TN 37203

$10 ADV / $12 DOS

Ages 21+

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Canceled - JP Harris' Dreadful Wind & Rain w/ Little Nora Brown

  • Advance tickets are no longer available online. All remaining tickets will be for sale at The Basement doors.
  • JP Harris' Dreadful Wind & Rain

    JP Harris' Dreadful Wind & Rain

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    Known the last decade primarily for his high-energy, high-volume, electrified country band and live show, JP Harris is at last (at risk of sounding cliché) truly returning to his roots. Before his colorful classic country career began, JP lived for well over a decade in a remote corner of the US with no electricity, running water, or winter road access; it was in this time that he picked up the banjo, and dove headlong into the world of old time stringband music. As a product of his living conditions, the unamplified, acoustic sounds and communal, almost trance-like melodies of old time jam sessions became the sole soundtrack to the lowly lit evenings of his late teens and twenties. 
      
     Upon picking up the banjo, JP Harris also began a luthier's apprenticeship with the late banjo maker Will Fielding; by the time he began building his own instrument, he had become obsessed with the 19th century sound of the fretless banjo, an incarnation predating its modern cousin and more akin to the African predecessors made of gourds and gut. In the absence of frets, JP could find what the fiddlers he played with called "the notes between the piano keys;" those same semitones were banned across the globe, across various empires throughout the last millennium, for the emotional responses elicited from listeners.
     
      After eight years of building banjos, and spending a large part of the summer months roaming between fiddler's conventions across the country, JP caught the touring itch, formed his band JP Harris & The Tough Choices, and slowly let his passion for fiddle-and-banjo music take a backseat for the next chapter of his musical life.
     
     Desiring the archaic tones and hypnotic rhythms of his past once again, JP began the side project "JP Harris' Dreadful Wind & Rain;" mining deep into memory and time, he performs a repertoire of obscure banjo ballads, 18th & 19th century folk songs of dark and sometimes sinister subject matter, and reinterprets old time standards in his own light. Accompanied by fiddle, vocal harmonies, and occasional guitar, he paints a clear retrospective of "the original country music." 
  • Little Nora Brown

    Little Nora Brown

    Bluegrass

    Nora Brown started learning uke at age 6 from the late Shlomo Pestcoe. With a
    focus on old time music he laid a foundation of love of music and the community
    it creates. He instilled in her the lesson that music is meant to be shared.
    Now 14 years old, Nora plays banjo and sings ballads.
    She plays solo and also with many of her mentors including her friend, fiddler
    Stephanie Coleman, as a duet under name Little Leatherwood.
    Today Nora is being mentored by many of her favorite old time musicians
    including Alice Gerrard, , Lee Sexton, Anna Roberts-Gevalt, Sammy Lind, KC
    Groves, Courtney Hartman, Mac Traynham, and John Haywood. One of her
    most important mentors is the late John Cohen.
    The last 3 years Nora has won blue ribbons in the youth banjo competition at the
    Clifftop Appalachian String Band Music Festival in West Virginia. In 2018 she
    also placed 3rd in the Adult Banjo Finals at Clifftop. In July 2019 she received 1st
    place in the Folk Song competition (all ages) at the 52nd Annual Grayson County
    Old-Time and Bluegrass Fiddlers Convention in Elk Creek,VA. She has taught
    both beginning and advanced banjo at the famed Ashokan Center’s long standing
    old-time camp known as Southern Week. Nora continues to travel and learn
    from old masters and regularly to eastern Kentucky to visit with 90 year old
    master banjo player and former coal miner Lee Sexton and master banjo player
    and historian George Gibson.
    Nora plays traditional music with a heavy interest in eastern Kentucky and
    Tennessee banjo playing.
    She has played TED salon in NYC, the Floyd Radio Show in Floyd VA.,
    Washington Square Park Folk Festival, Brooklyn Folk Festival, Brooklyn
    Americana Festival, Oldtone Roots Music Festival, both Summer and Winter
    Hoots at the Ashokan Center, NYC Trad Fest and has had multiple month long
    residencies at famed Barbès in Brooklyn NY.
    On Oct.25, Nora released her first record of 11 traditional songs and tunes called
    Cinnamon Tree produced by Alice Gerrard. The record was released on
    Jalopy Records and pressed by Third Man Pressing in Detroit. It is available only
    on limited edition vinyl with a digital download. The record landed #7 of the
    Billboard Bluegrass Charts the 2nd week of its release.

Canceled - JP Harris' Dreadful Wind & Rain w/ Little Nora Brown

Sat Apr 11 2020 9:00 PM

(Doors 8:30 PM)

The Basement Nashville TN
Canceled - JP Harris' Dreadful Wind & Rain w/ Little Nora Brown
  • Advance tickets are no longer available online. All remaining tickets will be for sale at The Basement doors.

$10 ADV / $12 DOS Ages 21+