Strings Concerts presents and evening of original songs featuring Chuck Brodsky and Justin Farren at the Odd Fellows Lodge in Nevada City on Wednesday, January 16.
Chuck Brodsky is a storyteller, songwriter, troubadour, and a modern day bard. With only his acoustic guitar and his voice he’ll draw you in with genuine, down-to-earth warmth and his quirky, finely crafted songs. Using wit and irony, set to haunting melodies, he tells the stories of oddball and underdog characters.
Influenced by Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, Lowell George, John Hartford, Jackson Browne, Bruce Springsteen, Greg Brown, The Rolling Stones, and Nic Jones, Chuck started writing songs in a style that is very much his own, yet pays homage to the traditions.
After hitchhiking to San Francisco and singing weekly at the Tattoo Rose Cafe’s open mic, Chuck spent a few years singing for tips on the streets of Europe, and worked as a fruit picker back in the USA. In the late 1980’s, he began performing in small coffeehouses around the San Francisco Bay Area. Winning the “Emerging Songwriter Award” at the Napa Valley Folk Festival in 1992, the following year he was warmly embraced at the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas.
For the past 23 years, Chuck has performed at festivals and in concerts all across the USA, Canada, Ireland, Denmark, England, Israel, Lithuania, Latvia, Wales, and the Shetland Islands of Scotland.
Since 1995, each of his ten albums has been critically acclaimed; most recently his 2013 release The Baseball Ballads 2, which was named to MOJO Magazine’s top ten list of Folk albums for 2014. Four of his early CDs were produced in Atlanta by Kristian Bush of Sugarland, while his most recent four studio recordings were produced in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, by J.P. Cormier. His March 2015 release, Tell Tale Heart, is self-produced and was recorded in Asheville NC.
The 2003 Sony Pictures film “Radio” featured a cameo appearance by Chuck and his closing title track. “Moe Berg: The Song” can be heard in the film “Jews and Baseball,” which aired on the PBS Network. Kathy Mattea’s recording of his “We Are Each Other’s Angels” is the closing track in the 1998 film “Dear Mr. Goodlife,” and eleven of Chuck’s songs appear in the 2011 film “The Deposition.” His song “Blow ’em Away” recorded by David Wilcox, and many others, also appears on the Christine Lavin produced “Laugh Tracks” and has been a long time favorite of the Dr. Demento show.
Justin Farren was raised on the outskirts of Sacramento. Riding bikes up dirt hills with his brother and the neighbor kids. He was always a person of intense focus.
His brother decided they should start a band. Justin got a bass and his brother a guitar. They bought a book of basic chords. His focus shifted to songs. He learned albums by ear. It was the beginning of ‘doing it yourself’ for what became a do it yourself man.
Farren wanted to record albums, so he became a recording engineer. He wanted his own house, so he built it from the ground up. He wanted to work for himself so he became a handyman extraordinaire.
He looks at a song in a multidimensional way, but the end result is enchanting, and feels effortless.
“This guy will simply knock you out…a font of great songwriting…someone you want to get to know if you consider yourself a fan of Americana but wish a lot of the songwriting had that certain something extra.” – Midwest Record
“Chuck Brodsky can sing, fingerpick, and strum with the best of ’em…a storyteller, and a riveting one at that… an underlying tone of warmth and compassion runs through all his carefully observed narratives.” – Acoustic Guitar Magazine
“I was thrilled to hear Justin Farren at a folk music conference a couple years ago. He is an incredibly original artist with a lot of verve and energy, and a terrific guitarist. He will absolutely charm you with the strange humor and cleverness of his lyrics.” Rich Warren, Folk Stage Chicago
WHO: Strings Concerts presents
WHAT: Chuck Brodsky & Justin Farren
WHEN: Wednesday, January 16, 7:00pm
WHERE: Odd Fellows Lodge, Nevada City, CA
212 Spring St, Nevada City, CA 95959
TICKETS: $20 general admission, $30 premium seating
Tickets at: www.stringsconcerts.com
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