“BACK WEST TOUR WITH GINA VILLALOBOS and AMEE CHAPMAN”
Singer-songwriters Gina Villalobos and Amee Chapman will be performing at multiple locations in the Northwest on their Back West Tour. Locations include Seattle’s Hotel Albatross, Portland’s White Eagle Saloon, and more. See a full list below.
Two solo acts, traveling the western coast, singing old and new songs both solo and duo. Looking for adventure—telling their stories of love lost and love found. Villalobos’ music is deeply rooted in time, place and history. Chapman’s voice conveys both the brutal honesty of a changing California and the tender-footed sweetness of its past. Both maintain a love affair with the roots of American music.
Wednesday, September 19th @Hotel Albatross 8pm/$7
2319 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107
Influences: Rickie Lee Jones, Tom Petty, Patty Griffin, Ryan Adams
GINA VILLALOBOS is a songwriter already known for her willingness to dwell unflinchingly in reality, something of a lost art. She has the knack for writing lines and melodies that scrape away the layers of denial that get us through the everyday. In an era when most roots-oriented songwriting reaches for relevance by hanging onto tropes that feel outdated and nostalgic, Gina’s songs are shocking in their ability to capture the grave emotional tone of our surreal collective current moment.
“Purveyors of the four-minute popular song usually stick to cataloging one emotion. Villalobos’ compositions are not quite so simple, coming off the speakers like holographic Cracker Jack surprises that reveal a new depth with the slightest shift in light. Days On Their Side (Face West Records) finds her taking the Lucinda Williams/Sheryl Crow model to a new level. (And it’s about time someone did.) -AMERICAN SONGWRITER MAGAZINE
Influences: Lucinda Williams, Jeff Tweedy, Mary Gauthier, Patty Griffin
AMEE CHAPMAN’S singing, songwriting and guitar playing reflect the images of the average and eccentric: lonesome highway phone booths, sea faring whiskey rebels, city wise angeled outlaws and suicidal tattooed cowboys, all of them pent up together on a stretch of land between the past and the present.
“… Proud daughter of a California that has gone astray, Chapman’s working-class background and her respect for the state’s oft-forgotten rural denizens mark her as a songwriter with a distinctive voice. Chapman shows a refreshing willingness to push musical boundaries, referencing muscular rock & roll, the expansive sonic textures of Wilco and the faded beauty associated with her pal Jolie Holland’s torch songs. Chapman is a brave artist who appears to be poised for bigger things.” -SANTA CRUZ WEEKLY.
Wednesday, September 19th @Hotel Albatross 8pm/$7 – 2319 NW Market St, Seattle, WA 98107
Thursday, September 20th @ White Eagle Saloon 8pm/$10 – 836 N Russell St, Portland, OR 97227 – Opening for The Stubborn Lovers
Friday, September 21st @ Boon’s Treasury 8pm/FREE – 888 Liberty St NE, Salem, OR 97301 – Opening for The Stubborn Lovers
Saturday, September 22nd @ Sam Bond’s Garage 9pm/$5 – 407 Blair Blvd, Eugene, OR 97402 – Opening for The Stubborn Lovers
Sunday, September 23rd Sunday Sessions @ Standing Stone Brewing 7pm/FREE – 1802, 101 Oak St, Ashland, OR 97520