JIMMY LANDRY, CHUCK BRODSKY, JONATHAN BYRD Appearing Sat Oct 7th 2017 at 8pm



Tickets
$15 in advance
$18 at the door

There are people in this world....
who make you feel better just by being around them.
There are people in this world ...    
whose smile lights up hearts ... and not just rooms.
There are people in this world .......   
who have the gift of crafting songs which resonate deeply
  which speak to the universality of  the human experience.

JIMMY LANDRY is one of these people.



White Horse is thrilled to host
 Jimmy Landry's Ninth Annual Birthday Bash 
..... featuring three of America's top 
performing songwriters:  
 Chuck Brodsky, Jonathan Byrd, and of course
..... Jimmy himself.





Excerpts from a recent article by Fred McCormick in the Black Mountain News:


Birthdays mean different things to different people. Some mark the occasion with a quiet evening among friends and family while others treat the annual milestone as they would any other day, without the traditional celebration.
But for Black Mountain singer-songwriter Jimmy Landry, who was diagnosed with congestive heart failure in 2008, birthdays are a thing to be revered. And there is no better way to celebrate defying the odds, he believes, than with music and the people he loves.........

....... Landry has been bringing talented musicians to the Swannanoa Valley for more than two decades. He has been a familiar face around Black Mountain's celebrated music venues, which have attracted well-known musicians from throughout the country.

“When I first moved to Black Mountain in the early 1990s, I was a part of the birth and growth of the Grey Eagle (before the venue moved to Asheville in 1998), which tried to fill a void left by the closing of McDibbs Music Hall,” Landry said. “I have such wonderful memories of meeting and hearing so many wonderful musicians and helping to bring some of them here to perform.” .......
.......  In March 2008 Landry received the news that he might not live through the end of the year.

"A noted cardiologist told me 'textbooks would say you have six months,'" he said. "I made a commitment to becoming the most compliant patient they had ever known."
Landry made a complete lifestyle change, switching to a vegan diet and exercising regularly. His music career was moved to the back burner as he focused on living.

"I look at every day as a gift," he said. "I say 'thank you' every morning."
Although he couldn't play regularly, Landry didn't lose his love for music. In fact, about 18 months after his diagnosis, he decided to host the Jimmy Landry's 1st Annual Birthday Bash at the White Horse.

Each year he invites on stage a few of the friends he's made during his career in music. The setting is casual, like the fireside sessions that took place at events Landry played before his diagnosis, such as the Kerrville Folk Music Festival in Texas.........





JIMMY LANDRY

Washington DC native Jimmy Landry has been a fixture on Asheville's lively music scene for more than two decades. He's shared stages with musical icons as diverse as Stevie Ray Vaughn, David Crosby, David Wilcox, John Gorka, Party Larkin and many more, and has been a featured performer at prestigious festivals like Kerrville, The Philadelphia Folk Festival and Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Landry brings his great songs, memorable voice and passionate enthusiasm, all tied together by his powerful sense of the power of community.

Jimmy has served as a catalyst for so much of what's happened in the Asheville singer/songwriter scene's over the past quarter century. He's brought many nationally renowned performers to the area and he's served as a supporter and encourager of numerous other local artists.

In 2008 he received a life-altering diagnosis of congestive heart failure and faced an uncertain future. Jimmy's life took an 180 degree turn as his entire focus shifted to staying alive. So the opportunity to celebrate another year of life means much to Landry. To be able to celebrate another year with two of his closest friends in the musical world makes it even more special .

Jimmy, being Jimmy, is reluctant to shine the spotlight on himself. He's very modest about his own accomplishments in spite of high praises heaped on him by others. But Jimmy's not shy about wanting to help others out. A switch to a healthy lifestyle saved his life and Jimmy is committed to encouraging others to take care of their health.


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CHUCK BRODSKY


“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

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 through his syncopated guitar strumming or sweet finger-picking. His songs celebrate the goodness in people—the eccentric, holy, profound, courageous, inspiring, and the beautiful. They poke fun at what needs to be poked, and sometimes they challenge. They’re sworn to tell the truth.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, a very young Chuck fell in love with the piano. Despite taking lessons, he still managed to teach himself how to play. Years later, on his first day of university orientation, he saw two guys playing guitars. He soon got one of his own, transferred out of the university and into the school of life. 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.

Chuck’s passion for our National Pastime and its colorful, offbeat characters is evident in his two albums full of Baseball tales. Such characters as the first white man to play in the Negro Leagues, a pitcher who threw a no-hitter while high on LSD, a catcher who was also a spy during World War II, a base-runner who cost his team the pennant by not touching a base, The Clown Prince of Baseball, and Chuck’s favorite player from his childhood who was booed by the hometown fans. 

Chuck Brodsky has performed three times at the National Baseball Hall of Fame, and 20 of his celebrated Baseball story songs have been enshrined in the Hall’s sound recording library. His beloved Philadelphia Phillies featured his song “Whitey & Harry” and an interview with Chuck in the documentary about their legendary Hall of Fame player and broadcaster, Richie Ashburn. 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.


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JONATHAN BYRD
 is “one of the top 50 songwriters of the last 50 years,” says Rich Warren of WFMT in the Chicago Tribune. Scott Alarik of the Boston Globe says, “This rootsy North Carolinian may be the most buzzed-about new songwriter in folkdom.

Byrd grew up singing in the Southern Baptist church, where his father preached and his mother played piano. After four years in the Navy, he returned to home to play in rock bands.

It was at an old-time fiddle festival in the mountains of southwest Virginia where his writing began to change. Assimilating the sounds of southern traditional music, Byrd wrote new songs in an ancient style.

After 10 years as a full-time touring songwriter and 7 acclaimed albums, it seems this native of Cackalacky is getting the attention he deserves.


"I started touring full-time in 2000, realizing that I could do it as a solo performer and actually make a living. Of course, that's what every other singer/songwriter in America was doing, too, but I didn't even know what a singer/songwriter was, so that didn't bother me. I thought I was a folk musician. Over time, I realized that folk got cross-dressed and don't mean what it used to mean anymore. I think my friend Aengus Finnan said it better than anybody I've heard yet, "It's a style of presentation." So that's just it, as long as you don't put on the razzle-dazzle and shake your ass in a sequin skirt, you can be a folk musician. Sit there on a stool and play your tuba, tell a story once in a while and wear some Birckenstocks. Everybody will think you're a folk musician.

“This rootsy North Carolinian may be the most buzzed-about new songwriter in folkdom. He displays John Prine's gift for stark little songs that tell big, complex stories, Guy Clark's lean melodicism, Lyle Lovett's wry mischief, and Bill Morrissey's knack for the revealing image.
 — Scott Alarik, Boston  

“Another one of those cats that qualifies as 'one of the heaviest cats you probably never heard of, Byrd is running hard to be the folkie's folkie. The easiest way to describe him to the uninitiated for quick understanding is that he's like a dyed in the wool North Carolinian John Koerner. Sly, subversive and able to say more in two words than most other people can say in a novel, Byrd is clearly one of the tent poles of contemporary folk music. He sounds like he's straight from the back porch but he's taken a long, hard look at life and knows how to bring it into focus. This...is going to set your ears on fire, even if you aren't a folkie.” 
— Midwest Record

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