THE 9 SONGWRITER SERIES
Justin Trawick, The Sweater Set, Griefcat, Stephane Detchou of Everyday Everybody, Justin Jones, Kentucky Avenue, Calista Garcia, Abby Sev, Kevin de Souza
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THE 9 SONGWRITER SERIES
Founded in Washington DC in 2008 by singer/songwriter Justin Trawick, “The 9 Songwriter Series” is a touring collective and live show. In an industry where artists often work independently, The 9 brings performers together, often whom have never met. With little to no rehearsal, The 9 artists tell stories, sit in on each other’s songs, and share their original music. It’s nine acts in one evening that can’t be duplicated.
To date, more than 500 different artists have participated in The 9 at shows in Washington DC, Baltimore, Annapolis, Philadelphia, New York, Fairfield, Boston, Richmond, Charlottesville, Charlotte, New Orleans, Atlanta, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.
Justin Trawick has been performing in the Washington DC area and along the East Coast since 2006, citing musical influences like Bob Schneider, Greensky Bluegrass, The Tallest Man on Earth, G. Love, Old Crow Medicine Show, and David Gray. In February of 2014, Trawick won “Song of the Year” at the Washington Area Music Awards for his solo recording of “All the Places That I’ve Been," which can be downloaded on iTunes as a single along with his five other solo records and EPs. In June of 2015, Trawick released his first single, “Goodbye,” under the band name "Justin Trawick and the Common Good,” written about the search for direction and belonging in a world that always feels one step ahead of you. In January of 2018, “Justin Trawick and The Common Good” released their first EP, “The Riverwash EP,” which features Norah Jones’ guitarist Adam Levy. In 2020 the band released the single “Back of the Line” during the coronavirus quarantine and was featured on Reuters, CNN, Al Jazeera, Washington Post, Washingtonian Magazine, Parade Magazine, American Songwriter Magazine, Voice of America and Virginia Living Magazine for Trawick’s livestream series and secret backyard concert series created during the pandemic. On August 27th, 2021 Trawick released his latest single “I’m Doing Alright”, whose chorus he’d been singing as a theme song on Facebook Live and his secret backyard shows throughout the entirety of the pandemic.
Trawick and the band have performed for the Kingman Island Bluegrass Festival, Appaloosa Roots Music Festival, Floyd Yoga Jam, TedxEast in NYC at the City Winery, and TedxPennsylvaniaAvenue in DC at the Newseum. Additionally, Trawick has opened for over 30 national acts, including Suzanne Vega, Wyclef Jean, Brett Dennen, Blues Traveler, Enter The Haggis, Bob Schneider, and Edwin McCain, and shared bills with Dr. Dogg and The Avett Brothers. As the founder of the nationally touring show “The 9 Songwriter Series” and co-founder of “The Circus Life Podcast" with guests such as Kevin Eubanks, Chris Thomas King, Ernie Halter, Yarn, and Snuffy Walden, Trawick has built a brand that extends far beyond his home base in DC.
The Sweater Set
“When you hear them perform as The Sweater Set, it feels like you are experiencing a sweet musical destiny.” (DC Music Review). Sara Curtin and Maureen Andary grew up together singing in a Washington DC church choir and have been performing together as The Sweater Set since 2009. Through soaring soprano-alto harmonies, listeners are invited into their joyful friendship as they sing about love, loss, and life. The Washington Post calls them “charming” and two of their “favorite people”.
Winners of multiple Washington Area Music Awards including the 2021 Wammie for Best Folk Group, The Sweater Set have toured throughout Ireland, the UK, & the Northeast & Southern United States, opened for Dar Williams, Aoife O'Donovan, and Michelle Shocked, served as Artists-in-Residence at the Strathmore Center for the Performing Arts, and partnered with the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities as Artist Fellows. Their latest album "Fly On The Wall" was one of Pop Matters' Best Folk Albums of 2020.
Described as "Local Favorites" by Washington City Paper, Griefcat is comprised of veteran singer-songwriters Louisa Hall and Annie Nardolilli. Annie and Louisa met behind the scenes at a variety show in 2015, and felt an immediate kinship after Annie sang about a Hot Park Ranger, and Louisa about her Barista Boyfriend. They reunited to play the 9:30 club in 2018 and vowed to form a band: Griefcat. They scheduled their first rehearsal in 2019, wrote a song about vaccines and eggrolls, and the rest is (recent) history.
Griefcat's songs range from hilarious to sincere with a unique sound akin to Flight of the Conchords, mixed with a little Dolly Parton and an indie flair. Griefcat entertains with music about the trials, joys, and tribulations of modern life. As one concert goer said, seeing Griefcat was "the most fun I've had since Lizzo".
Stephane Detchou of Everyday Everybody
Stephane “Steph” Detchou is an artist and musician based in Washington, DC. Best known for his work leading the DC-based ensemble Everyday Everybody (formerly known as AZTEC SUN), their genre blending “Funk with Soul” style and high-energy live performance. For his solo work (as seen in his work as Brother GoodLove), Stephane’s music fuses ideas inspired by his upbringing between West African and American cultures— with a focus on telling stories, universal experiences and reflecting on the world we live in.
“I was raised on blues and soul music. When I look at the core of myself, my name is Luther and I’m a 68-year-old black guy with one green eye and a couple gold teeth and I play harmonica in a blues band that plays at a dump in the ghetto. Nobody comes to the gigs, and I’ll have played there my whole life—like, five days a week my band plays there. One night, Keith Richards is in town and he comes in and jams with me. Word gets around and someone recorded it and then that record gets released, and I die the day before it gets released. When it’s released, it’s the biggest blues hit since Stevie Ray Vaughan. On the inside, that’s what I look like.”
Justin Jones is “rock and roll….No Auto-Tune, no gimmicks—just a songwriter with a guitar and a crack band,” says The Vinyl District’s Jennifer Carney. With a musical career that spans more than a decade, Virginia native Justin Jones is taking his soul-stirring brand of rock and roll on the road for his I Can Feel It Tour 2013 of the U.S. Weaned on the sounds of southern soul, blues, and rock, Jones started playing open mic nights in Charlottesville near his hometown in his early teens. His first album, Blue Dreams - recorded in 2004, is the cornerstone of what turns out to be this prolific singer-songwriter’s catalog of albums, including Love Versus Heroin, I Am the Song of the Drunkards, and The Little Fox, that express both the lows and highs of love and life. “The songs I write and the music my band and I play, in my mind, is quintessentially American... It lives and breathes in the landscape that is America… sometimes soulful and sometimes stark… sometimes hard and sometimes lush. I like to think I write beautiful songs about death, sad songs about love, and hopeful songs about life. What I consider a kind of secular spiritual music.” Fading Light, Justin’s fifth album, was released in 2012. Produced by Jamie Candiloro, best known for his work with Ryan Adams and R.E.M., Fading Light is a collection of songs written over a two-year stretch.
In 2012, Jones took his emotionally charged live show on the road. His busiest tour to date, Jones and his band played 130 shows across North America, including stops at Virgin Mobile Festival, Floyd Festival, and the Austin City Limits Music Festival (ACL). It is no wonder Speakers in Code names Justin Jones one of the top-ten performances at ACL 2012, and Bob Boilen of NPR’s All Songs Considered lists Justin Jones “as one of the top performances of the year.” And all signs point to Justin Jones surpassing this momentum in 2013, with a new album and documentary on the way, an upcoming U.S. tour, and talk of a European debut.
“Do you remember . . . . the ballad of the past. . . . ”
From the opening question to the last line of their last song, Kentucky Avenue’s second record harkens back to the classic country rock music of 1970s Laurel Canyon, infusing it with their modern Americana spirit. With a nod to Emmylou and Gram, Ballad of the Past presents stories of love and longing, loss and loneliness—but not without a notion that enough is enough or miracles are possible. En route to California, their songs travel through the haunted hills of the South, the misty mountains of Pennsylvania and Virginia, and a stop in Asbury Park with a Springsteen cover.
“In the end,” says Steve Wosahla of Americana Highways, “the album feels like a book of short stories set to music with Ries and Schindler weaving in and out like lead characters. You could say it’s a great read.”
Washington DC-based Kentucky Avenue has been recording and performing their variety of Americana, alt-country tunes since 2016, with music from their debut album Nothing Here is Mine featured on CBS, ABC, ESPN, and TLC.
Prolific folk/rock songwriter Calista Garcia brings flairs of Latin, blues, roots and pop. Described as “New Classic”, her style hearkens back to ‘70s classic acts such as Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, Paul Simon and Joni Mitchell, but with a fresh modern twist.
After making a name for herself in her native small town, songwriting in Nashville, and performing nationally, Abby Sev immediately jumped into the music scene once she landed in DC. Abby’s solo act is a departure from serving as frontwoman for local indie dance rock outfit Mystery Friends; delivering lyrics, vocals, and piano melodies that range from “hauntingly beautiful” to “the best parts of upbeat indie pop.” Abby Sev’s debut releases “Over” and “Leaving Kind of Day” are available on all listening platforms.
Kevin de Souza
Bringing you wistful songs in major keys since 2015!
Uptown Boys Choir is the music of Kevin de Souza, a Washington D.C.-based songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. At full force, UBC is rounded out by bandmates Joel Hicks, Brian Pagels, Kate Potrykus, and Ben Tufts. The quintet's latest release, Get Help, is at times introspective, self-deprecating, funny, and heartbreaking, with captivatingly honest lyrics throughout.
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