Saturday September 7, 2013

special guest SUSAN CATTANEO
$25 ($22 members)


Ellis Paul’s songwriting credentials are unassailable. They are as genuine as the 14 Boston Music Awards he has earned, as indelible as the tattoo of Woody Guthrie that adorns his arm, and as authentic as the musical roots he draws upon with every note he plays.

Since emerging from the Boston music scene, Ellis Paul’s music has been consistently recognized and celebrated worldwide. His 16 releases and loyal, enthusiastic audiences reinforce this acclaim and have since cemented his place as one of America’s most talented songwriters. 

With 16 CDs, a concert DVD, and a book of poems and short stories to his credit, Ellis' songs have been featured on the soundtracks to documentaries, TV shows and big Hollywood films such as The Farrelly Brother’s ‘Hall Pass’, ‘Me, Myself & Irene’, and ‘Shallow Hal’. Ellis is a true American troubadour, performing over 150 tour dates a year, for over 20 years all around the world. He has shared the stage with some of the top names in the music world including: Pete Seeger, John Mayer, Arlo Guthrie, Richie Havens, Dar Williams, Shawn Colvin, and multi-platinum band Sugarland, among others.

His 2011 Release “The Day After Everything Changed” was recorded in Nashville and 100% funded by his fans. The album features five songs co-written by his good friend, Kristian Bush of Sugarland, and several of the Sugarland band members served as Ellis’ backing band for the recording. Throughout the past couple of years, to keep the collaboration alive, Paul opened numerous sold-out arena dates for Sugarland on their Incredible Machine Tour.

Recently, Ellis has been extremely busy, releasing his second family album, entitled, "The Hero in You", that features 12 American heroes such as: Rosa Parks, Woody Guthrie, Jackie Robinson, Thomas Edison and more. This release won the Gold Parents' Choice Award, the top honor awarded in family music. “The Hero in You” serves as a follow up to “The Dragonfly Races”, Ellis’ first family album, and a Silver Parents' Choice Award winner which was honored by being National Public Radio’s “Top 10” pick for Children’s music.

Additionally, in December of 2012, Ellis released his very first holiday album, "City of Silver Dreams", featuring 9 original tracks and one cover, with one song co-written by Ellis, Kristian Bush and Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland. The release is a ‘fan release only’ (commercial release in late 2013), as a part of his fan-supported fundraiser that is currently being held to support Ellis’ upcoming new studio album, set to be released in 2013. The new studio release has Sugarland’s Kristian Bush as producer.
"Despite his success and sense of history, Mr. Paul remains an Artist with his eye on the future and an interest in discovering the transformative potential of his music"
New York Times
“A singer songwriter is only as good as the times he reflects. Wise, tender, brilliant and biting, Ellis is one of our best human compasses, marking in melodies and poems where we’ve been and where we might go if we so choose to. Personally Ellis, I’m goin’ where you’re goin’!”
Nora Guthrie (Woody Guthrie's daughter)
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Opening the evening will be Susan Cattaneo. Raised in the farm country of New Jersey, Susan found her place in the musical world at an early age, singing six-part harmony with her family around the dinner table. After stints in bands in college, she spent a year in Italy, where she studied Italian and performed a mix of standards and traditional Roman songs in various piano bars in Rome. Upon her return to the States, she began a dual career in New York City. By day, Susan was a television writer/producer, earning an Emmy nomination and NY State Broadcasters Award. By night, she was the co-lead singer in the Blackfish Band, a funk-folk outfit that also launched the career of Mike Errico, where she became a regular fixture at clubs like The Bitter End and Kenny’s Castaways. Applying her writing talents to the craft of songwriting was a natural next step, and following her musical dream, Susan headed to Boston to attend Berklee College of Music on a vocal scholarship.

Hired by the Berklee songwriting department upon graduation, Susan spent a few years splitting her time between teaching, raising two kids, and writing in Nashville. In 2009 Susan decided to resume her performing career. She recorded her debut album of original songs Brave and Wild with an all-star cast from the New England Americana music scene. The record won critical acclaim, and was named Boston debut of the year and one of the Top 10 records of 2009 by Wicked Local (along with releases by Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, U2 and the Avett Brothers).

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