THE ROOTS CAFÉ SINGER-SONGWRITER SERIES PRESENTS:
THE GLENMONT POPES’ RODNEY HENRY
& RED SAMMY’S ADAM TRICE
Rodney Henry & Adam Trice
perform their own songs in the round
with your singing host Geoffrey Himes
at An Die Musik
Sunday, August 17, at 5 pm
When the City Paper named the Glenmont Popes Baltimore’s Best Rock Band in 1999, the publication described the group’s music as "turbobilly, a coinage inspired by our very first encounter with the Popes' stripped-down, souped-up roots-rock sound. Since those first heady shows, the Popes' hard work and singer/guitarist Rodney Henry's outsized personality have made them the undisputed pontiffs of a certain tattoo-and-brew-loving wing of the local music scene.” As lead singer and chief songwriter, Henry exhibits the same contagious charisma that he does as the celebrity chef of Dangerously Delicious Pies. Here he presents those songs in an unplugged format.
In 2005, local Baltimore songwriter, Adam Trice, founded Red Sammy, which he describes as a “graveyard-country-rock band." The band name, a reference to Flannery O'Connor's 1955 short story, "A Good Man is Hard To Find," suggests the band's stark storytelling and gritty music, part southwest-rock, part Cash and Escovedo. The latest Red Sammy album, “These Poems with Kerosene,” finds Trice and resonator guitar man John Decker collaborating with poet Steve Matanle on their latest installment of what they call “barroom existentialism.” Trice, an MFA graduate from the University of Baltimore, has also published a book of poetry, “In Places with Bad Lighting."
Though he is best known as a music critic for the Washington Post, Baltimore City Paper, Nashville Scene, Jazz Times, No Depression, Paste and others, Geoffrey Himes is also a longtime singer-songwriter who has co-written songs with Fred Koller, Walter Egan, Sonia Rutstein, Billy Kemp, Stephen Wade, Steve Johnson, Jim Patton, Paul Margolis, Josh Charles, Andrew Grimm, Bob Kannenberg and others. Himes, a singer-pianist, performs in a duo with Love Riot violinist Willem Elsevier, and sometimes in a trio with Elsevier and cellist Andrew Histand. This month Himes will perform with Elsevier and premiere his new song, “The First Time That I Saw Her."
AN DIE MUSIK:
An Die Musik is Baltimore’s finest listening room. With 84 armchairs, great acoustics, the city’s best piano and a lobby bar, this performance space above the venerable record store is as intimate as it is inviting. The street parking meters are free on Sundays; the venue offers discount coupons for the area’s ethnic restaurants, and the 5 pm start time keeps the afternoon free while allowing a good night's sleep before the work week. Here, at last, is a music experience designed for adults.
UPCOMING SHOWS IN THE ROOTS CAFÉ
SINGER-SONGWRITER SERIES AT AN DIE MUSIK:
September 14: Mikel Gehl & Natasha Ramirez with Mark Reilly & Michael J. Hays
October 4: Tin Pan Alley on Charles Street: Baltimore’s Best Americana Artists Sing the Great Americana Songbook with Victoria Vox, Lea Gilmore and TBA
October 12: John Shock and Mike Barth
November 9: Jim Patton & Sherry Brokus
December 7: Alan MacEwan & TBA