Perks & Corks ~ December 29th

Thursday, December 29th, 8pm, No Cover

Join Daphne Lee & Sandy Allen for another one of their fun-filled songwriter nights at Perks! This one’s going to be extra special, we have guest Michael Poulopoulos joining us! Here’s more detail on Michael and a link to the FB event page. And Perks is a fantastic little wine bar, with craft beers, specialty coffee drinks, couches and a nice laid back feel. Hope to see you there!

http://www.facebook.com/events/179785198783074/

Michael Poulopoulos ~ Sweetly melodic and often melancholy, as well as intelligent and soulful, Poulopoulos’s songs, like him, are honest and eloquent. His guitar playing makes you want to tap your feet, or cry a little. Sometimes both. His lyrics, complemented by the steady strum or picked out tones of the guitar, always tell a story — some are sad, some are happy, and some, like his song “On and On,” achieve both with a humorous spin — and they’re always poignant. www.mrpoulopoulos.com

Vanilla Bean Songwriter Sessions!

This Friday night in Pomfret!  The flyer’s got details, but I ABSOLUTELY LOVE this room! It’s one of the best places I’ve ever played, and this show should be fantastic!

I’ve already had the pleasure of playing with Lisa at the Sinner’s Circle this summer at Hygienic Art Park, and Marc Douglas is completely entertaining! Jennifer sounds great over the air waves, and I can’t wait to hear her in person as well!

Find the event on Facebook!

See you there!  www.thevanillabeancafe.com

Cafe Nine’s Happy Hour presented by Die Hipster! Records

 

Kriss Santala & Die Hipster! Records present: the Singer/songwriter series happy hour at cafe 9. Come see 3 of Connecticut most prolific songwriters solo. for free! It’s also the end of the week so what better excuse can you come up with. Starts at 5pm! What better way to wrap the work week?!

Jason Prince (from Eurisko) –
Jason Prince is a singer/songwriter based in the New Haven area, known mostly for fronting indie band Eurisko. Influences are broad, but can be narrowed down to Elliott Smith, Townes Van Zandt, Jeff Tweedy and Tom Waits. He is working on writing an EP to be titled “Piano Teeth” and can be expected by spring 2012.

Paul Belbusti (Mercy Choir) – Mercy Choir is a psychedelic folk group. More specifically, it’s the songwriting and recording project of Paul Belbusti. Paul used to live in New Haven, CT. A few years back, he moved to New York City. Eventually, Rosser Lomax joined the band. Now they play shows and record together. Isn’t that nice?http://mercychoir.com/

And of course, Daphne Lee Martin with Jim Carpenter! See you this afternoon! Love, D

December Shows

There’s a great bunch of songwriter-style shows in the works for the month of December while Daphne & the gents work on tracking their next recording. It all starts on December 2nd, Cafe Nine’s Happy Hour, more info below!

Tune into WCNI 90.9 FM, broadcasting from Connecticut College, for Morning Mojo, with Daphne & the ever-wonderful Jim Carpenter at 11am on Dec 6th.

On the 9th, Daphne will be playing at the Vanilla Bean‘s Songwriter Sessions with Lisa Martin, Jennifer Haase & Marc Douglas Berardo.

And finally, on the 29th, Sandman & Daphne will be joined by Michael Poulopoulos for some original songs at Perks & Corks in Westerly.

Kriss Santala & Die Hipster! Records present: the Singer/songwriter series happy hour at cafe 9. Come see 3 of Connecticut most prolific songwriters solo. for free! It’s also the end of the week so what better excuse can you come up with.
Jason Prince (from Eurisko) –
Jason Prince is a singer/songwriter based in the New Haven area, known mostly for fronting indie band Eurisko. Influences are broad, but can be narrowed down to Elliott Smith, Townes Van Zandt, Jeff Tweedy and Tom Waits. He is working on writing an EP to be titled “Piano Teeth” and can be expected by spring 2012.

Paul Belbusti (Mercy Choir) – Mercy Choir is a psychedelic folk group. More specifically, it’s the songwriting and recording project of Paul Belbusti. Paul used to live in New Haven, CT. A few years back, he moved to New York City. Eventually, Rosser Lomax joined the band. Now they play shows and record together. Isn’t that nice?http://mercychoir.com/

www.facebook.com/diehipsterrecords
www.cafenine.com

 

Upcoming Shows!

We have two great shows coming up! First off, November 13th at the Providence Social Club we’re playing a dance with the wonderful AS220 Criss Cross Orchestra, there’ll be great drink and food and a full evening of music!

Then, since we really did get snowed out of the CD release party, we’re doing a double take with John Fries and the Heat at the Side Pocket Cafe in Groton on November 18th! Also a great room for dancing and the new home of the wonderfully popular Blue Collar Happy Hour, there’s no cover and it’s a nice long set!

See y’all over the next few weekends!

Providence Social Club ~ 71 Richmond Street, Providence. “We’re a rowdy off the beaten path place to hang out, be strange and realize being yourself is cooler than pretending to be perfect.”

Side Pocket Cafe ~ 1066 Poquonnock Road, Groton. Historically the Port Hole, home to great music for decades, The Side Pocket is hosting great roots music every Friday & Saturday night!

Release Party Tonight! Song Spinner Feature!

Tonight’s the night! We are officially celebrating the album at Hot Rod’s Cafe on Bank Street, in the downstairs lounge at 8pm. Don’t forget, the entrance is back on the Water Street Side! It’s $5, 21+ and we’ll have the Awesomeness That Is John Fries & the Heat open the night, as well as Sexual Healing rounding it out with some rap madness. Can you tell how excited we are?!

The amazing folks over at The Day did a feature on us as well, for our song ‘Pull My Daisy’. Check it out below!

The Day’s SONG SPINNER:
‘Pull My Daisy’ by Daphne Lee Martin & Raise the Rent
By Rick Koster and Peter Huoppi

Peter Huoppi/The Day
Daphne Lee Martin and Raise the Rent perform their song “Pull My Daisy” during the New London Americana Festival on Sept. 17. From left are Sandy Allen, Danny Motta, Daphne Martin, Bob Burt and Brad Bensko.

Peter Huoppi/The Day
Daphne Lee Martin of Raise the Rent performs “Pull My Daisy” during a video shoot for The Day on Oct. 6.
This episode of our Song Spinner series, which takes you into the hearts, minds and hands of local musicians and their creative process, reveals the story of “Pull My Daisy” by Daphne Lee Martin & Raise the Rent.

BIO: A burgeoning New London musical force, singer-songwriter Martin enjoyed a folk-music-happy upbringing in southeastern Ohio. It provided a solid underpinning for the array of sonic exploration and saturation once she settled into our diverse musical community. She’s utilized many of the scene’s finest musicians as core players as Raise the Rent’s persona has evolved, and counts on vocalists/multi-instrumentalists Sandy “Sandman” Allen and Jim Carpenter, bassist Brad Bensko, keyboardist John “Wayno” Waynelovich, trumpeter/vocalist Danny Motta and drummer Robert Burt as current Raise the Rent principals. Craig “Honeyboy” Edwards and Matt Gouette have also contributed substantially.

SOUND: There’s a very firm base of easy-flowing Western swing to the band’s identity, and Martin’s evocative voice hovers playfully betwixt Patsy Cline and Dinah Washington. But as typified by their brand new CD, “Dig & Be Dug,” Martin and the boys are fascinated by and fluent in such archival Americana sounds as Louis Armstrong and Buddy Bolden, pure honky tonk, Waits/Newman barroom confessionals, and even wisps of Appalachian front porch music.

HOW “PULL MY DAISY” CAME ABOUT: Martin had come across an online interview wherein Bing Crosby and Ella Fitzgerald were discussing the magical components of children’s songs. She was reminded of her own youth – particularly playground “double dutch” tunes and hand-clap games. A lot of those gradeschool tunes had a slightly risque quality, with puns that you definitely didn’t want the teacher to hear. Martin thought it would be fun to write an adult version of those songs, one that incorporated the repetitive simplicity of the childhood melodies and rhythms into the naughtier quality of decidedly adult, double-entendre jazz-blues.

WHAT HAPPENED NEXT: Martin firmly believes in the stand-alone essence of a song in its starkest form. If she can’t sing it a capella in the shower and have it work, then no amount of production or layering or complex arrangements will save it. Once she was happy with “Pull My Daisy” in its natal form, she was ready to take it to the band. Since the guys are so stylistically versatile, they easily tapped into Martin’s concept, fleshed it out, and brought significant choppage and wit to the table. Raise the Rent has been doing some very nice major label showcases in New York, and “Pull My Daisy” is certainly emblematic of their sound.

FOR MORE FUN: A CD release party for “Dig & Be Dug” takes place Saturday in the basement lounge at Hot Rod’s Café, 114 Bank St., New London. Albums will be available for sale along with cool merch such as commemorative Hatch Show posters – and Halloween costumes are encouraged in the spirit of the season. As a bonus, John Fries & the Heat provide ideal musical support. Cover is $5. (860) 447-2320, raisetherentmusic.com.

 

2011 CMJ Music Marathon Showcase

We are pleased as punch to announce that we will be playing the 2011 CMJ Music Marathon! We can’t wait to see all our NY buds and rock the Rodeo Bar for the first time! Our showcase is Thursday, October 20th from 9-10pm. We’ll be warming things up for the Jack Grace Band, so make a night of it!

Jack Grace is a singer, songwriter and guitarist hailing from Brooklyn, NY.  Simple enough, unless you happen to happen to work in the music business.  The entertainment world loves a label:  character actor, avant garde painter, fill-in-the-blank musician.  Jack writes for himself and plays for others.  Simple.

We just played the New London Americana Fest with Jack and his band and we can assure that this is going to be a blast of a night! We hope you’ll consider joining us at the Rodeo Bar on the 20th!

This Friday!

This Friday night at Oasis Pub, Daphne Lee Martin & Raise the Rent will be joined by the ever wonderful Chris Castle and the Womack Family Band.

Daphne & Sandy took a drive up to Woodstock, NY this July to take part in Chris’ upcoming album Last Bird Home, recorded and produced by Grammy Award winner Justin Guip and featuring the talents of Garth & Maud Hudson, Tommy Ramone, Gabriel Butterfield and Larry Campbell.

This is the last run of the Drenched Earth Tour, supporting this summer’s record Of God and Man Beneath the Sun before Last Bird Home hits the streets, so be sure to come check out this show and these wonderful musicians!