SYD STRAW and friends + GRAHAM NORWOOD ~ $15 ~ 7:00pm - 9:45pm
Graham Norwood writes, plays and sings songs of uncommon beauty. His 3-1/2 octave vocal range, dynamic guitar playing, and versatile songwriting allow him to work in a wide range of styles while always preserving his own unique artistic voice. That he has been legally blind from birth only makes these talents more remarkable.
After spending years as a New York sideman and producer with the likes of Bryan Scary, The Dough Rollers, Ward White, Cliff Westfall and others, Graham decided to focus on writing and performing his own original music. Beginning in late 2016, he recorded three sets of demos written and arranged for three separate bands, exploring a variety of different sounds and genres. One of these sessions, recorded by Bryce Goggin (Pavement, Antony & the Johnsons, Evan Dando, Phish) and mixed by John Agnello (Kurt Vile, Son Volt, Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr), has evolved into Graham's debut full-length, Out of the Sea, which is slated for a late 2019 release. In the meantime, Graham has just released a four-song EP called Sundry Songs, available now digitally and soon in limited edition 10" vinyl and CD formats.
On stage, Graham is equally electrifying with a band or as a solo performer. A typical Graham Norwood Group show covers everything from mellow country-rock to full-on fuzz guitar freakouts, while solo sets put the emphasis on Graham's singing, which has earned frequent comparisons to Jeff Buckley, Jim James and (Graham's beloved) Harry Nilsson. Whether he's playing with a full band or captivating a room with just his voice and acoustic guitar, Graham’s performances are not to be missed. Recently relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area, Graham is now playing regularly up and down the west coast and plotting wider touring for later in the year. www.grahamnorwoodmusic.com
Vocalist, singer/songwriter, and guitarist Syd Straw first made a name for herself as part of the Golden Palominos, a band led by Anton Fier that enjoyed a cult following in the 1980s. Her Capricorn Records debut, War and Peace, was released in 1996, and since then, her unique blend of folk-rock and blues-rock has found a home with Triple A (adult album alternative) radio stations and their audiences around the country. Straw released Surprise in 1990 to good reviews. That recording chronicled Straw's emergence as a songwriter; she had thought of herself primarily as a song interpreter before that. On Surprise, Straw was joined by Michael Stipe (R.E.M.), John Doe (X), Ry Cooder, Daniel Lanois, Don Was, Richard Thompson, and Marshall Crenshaw.