THE ROOTS CAFÉ
SINGER-SONGWRITER SERIES PRESENTS:
THE KINGS OF CROWNSVILLE'S STEVE JOHNSON & MARK BRINE
Steve Johnson &
perform their own songs in the round
with your singing host Geoffrey Himes
Steve johnson is a singer-song writer who plays with the Annapolis-Baltimore band the Kings of Crownsville, who have played throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, including An Die Musik. This time, however, Johnson steps on to the stage without his musical buddies to play stripped down versions of the songs they have performed and recorded over the last 10 years. Spending half his childhood in Jackson, New Orleans and Memphis , Johnson’s musical brain woke up somewhere in the Deep South and still returns there for inspiration. Indie Music describes his Americana songwriting as “extremely melodic, passionate and highly entertaining,“ while Chesapeake Taste Magazine says the Kings “have to be heard to be believed because New Orleans blues has no business sounding so good so far north.” For this show Steve will play what he plays for the Kings before they make his song their own.
Brine grounds himself in the vintage, "pre-Hank" origins of American country music, and he's good enough at it to have won the talent show at the Jimmie Rodgers Memorial Festival in Meridian, Mississippi, in 1979. He comes out of the fertile folk scene of Cambridge, Massachusetts, where Bonnie Raitt and Joan Baez also got their start. His proudest accomplishment, though, was the warm praise he received from Hank Snow, who got him a spot on the Grand Ole Opry to sing "New Blue Yodel," Brine's tribute to Rodgers. Finally fed up with the less savory aspects of Nashville, Brine moved to his wife's hometown of Parkville, Maryland, and began to grace our area with his down-home brand of country, folk and blues. His brand new album, “Return of the Drifter," is inspired by Hank Williams’ alter ego, Luke the Drifter. "I could listen to him sing all night long," Roy Acuff once said of Brine; “he does a good job that boy does."
Though he is best known as a music critic for the Washington Post, Smithsonian Magazine, Baltimore City Paper, Nashville Scene, Jazz Times, No Depression, Paste and many more, Geoffrey Himes is also a longtime singer-songwriter who has co-written songs with Si Kahn, Fred Koller, Walter Egan, Sonia Rutstein, Billy Kemp, Stephen Wade, Jim Patton, Ed Pettersen, Paul Margolis, Andrew Grimm, Bob Kannenberg and others. This month Himes will premiere his new song, “After We Have Made Love.” Himes will be accompanied by Willem Elsevier, the acclaimed violinist for the bands Love Riot and Milkshake.
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 LIVE:
August 23: Alan MacEwen and Tony Denikos
September 12: “Night of 1000 Dylans” with John Shock, Paul Margolis, Mike Barth,
the Old Part of Town and Mary Battiata
September 20: Zane Campbell & TBA
October 11: Lea Gilmore & TBA
November 8: Jim Patton & Sherry Brokus
November 14: “Streets of Baltimore: Songs of Our City” with Eileen Carson & Mark Schatz,
December 6: Christmas Show with TBA