Mountain Made Music
Jay Brown Presents
The Best of Our Songwriter/Performers
A singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, he has hundreds of classic songs in his repertoire as well as a hundred-odd originals. He performs with Boone-based roots band The Lazybirds, Indian-flavored world music group Shantavaani and early-jazz cats Swing Guitars. In 2007 he founded The Jay Brown One-Man-Band, in which the sole member handles vocals, guitar, harmonica, percussion and piano. The busy musician can be found gigging in clubs and pubs around Asheville and Western North Carolina, but has performed and studied in locales around the world, including New Orleans, California, India, Ghana, and Peru.
Angie and Cas
Angie Heimann, front woman of the Mendocino county, CA born band The Blushin’ Roulettes, pens earthy, old-time tunes with a modern twist. "Her songs are stripped down, sexy little jewel boxes stuffed with ancient mountain magic," says the San Francisco Free Folk Festival. Angie belts her stirring songs of damsels in their bliss and distress in a clarion vibrato often likened to Iris Dement. Cas Sochacki interlaces bright dobro stylings amid the rich lyrics of the Roulettes' more serious songs, and rings in vocally with his molasses baritone on the occasional cheeky duet.
Angie and Cas’ co-writes like “The Day Pigs Fly” and “Ramblin’ Gamblin’ ” are written with an affectionate, tongue-in-cheek take on relationships, while Angie's award-winning solos resonate with a more rootsy lyrical depth.
In their latest album, Old Mill Sessions (2014), The Blushin’ Roulettes capture the kind of closeness that three years, a steady circulation of dear musical friends, and a family farm can do for a collection of songs. The album was recorded at Old Mill Farm, a homestead in the shadow of the redwoods, near Mendocino, California. The comfort and safety of their domicile allowed these artists to take risks and in the end,The Blushin’ Roulettes’ Old Mill Sessions has the guts of a dancehall saloon with the remarkable intimacies of home.
In 2014, the Blushin’ Roulettes suffered the tragic loss of two of their band members and dear friends, drummer Jubal Stedman and lead guitarist Garth Beckington (known musically as Buddy Stubbs.)
The Blushin' Roulettes' appearances include performances at the Kate Wolf Memorial Music Festival, San Francisco Free Folk Festival, North Bay Hootennany and the Humboldt Folklife Festival, as well as shared stages with the Wailin' Jennies, Wayne the Train Hancock, Big Sandy and His Fly Right Boys, and The Devil Makes 3, and poet John Trudell. Angie Heimann has won songwriting awards in KZFR/Sierra Nevada's Celebration of the Song, Woody Guthrie Songwriting Contest, Artists for Literacy SIBL Songwriting Contest, and South Florida Folk Festival. The Roulettes’ video performance of Angie's song "Dark of the Wood" was aired internationally on Destination America's "Monsters and Mysteries" series.
Angie and Cas have recently made their home in Western North Carolina, where their music can find echo in the mountains that have shaped its roots.
The MOUNTAIN MADE MUSIC Series Includes:
June 20th Bob Hinkle and Jay Brown
July 18 Jefree Vay and Jay Brown
July 18 Jefree Vay and Jay Brown
August 15 Aaron Price and Jay Brown
September 19 Dave Desmelik and Jay Brown