Matt Campbell + Joe Sampson with Esme Patterson. Live at Leon Music Series
Leon Gallery is excited to welcome back long time friend Matt Campbell as he tours America to promote his new album "The Man With Everything". Matt was the first person to ever perform at Leon in August 2011, we are honored to continue to collaborate with this remarkable musician. We have also invited our remarkable friend, Joe Sampson to perform, plus we have a very special guest we can't announce just yet... :)
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The sign of your salvation is a light that shines within, sings Nashville-based troubadour Matt Campbell on the song The Night That I Found Jesus. It could rightfully serve as the theme for Campbells latest full-length project, The Man With Everything. Itmay seem like a boast, but with each passing song it becomes clear there is a redefining of what it means to have everything. An ambitious undertaking for a relative newcomer in a Nashville obsessed with commercial success and manufactured appeal.
I came to Nashville to be heard, says Campbell. If you have something to say, take it to the marketplace, take it to the town square.
Part poet, politician, and provocateur, all qualities are on display in his latest offering. Recorded and produced with Joseph Lekkas (Flour Sack Cape Records), The Man With Everything is a thoughtful, yet unflinching portrait of a songwriter striving to understand his place in the world. Its also a collection of songs drawn straight out of American culture. It doesnt hurt that he knows how to turn a phrase better than most.
Originally from Colorado, Campbell began playing while a member of the US Coast Guard. Moving to New York City, he began to write and perform regularly, eventually recording songs for what would become his first release, The East 3rd Street Waltz in 2005. After releasing another album and a seven song EP, Campbell was on the move again. Landing in Chicago, Campbell started his own label and production company, The Chicago Talking Machine Co., released several more albums including a live album recorded at the legendary Old Town School of Folk Music, and also produced several short films and live music residencies. After five years in the Windy City, Campbell was ready for another challenge and set his sights on Nashville.
At 41, Campbell isnt reaching for pop stardom, but he wasted little time making his mark in Music City. As an officer of American Legion Post 82, Campbells direct efforts helped start a revitalization of the post as a hub of activity for musicians on the citys East side. Working as a bar back between tours, Campbell soon became known as The Roberts Troubadour, going from taking out the garbage to gracing the stage at the legendary country music outpost of Lower Broadway. I still take the garbage out sometimes, laughs Campbell. That relationship led to hosting For The People, a weekly radio show presented by WSM 650AM. And now, he has his Nashville record to add to the mix. Not quite 5 years have passed.
The quiet beauty of Joe Sampsons music comes from its stark simplicity, haunting textures and dark mystery The Denver Post
Joe Sampson is the champion of the musical understatement, each song exuding a gently mesmerising beauty. His music evokes the comfortably sad acoustic tones of Nick Drake or Leonard Cohen, ornamented with often darkly humorous lyrics, intoned in a soft yet road-worn baritone. Sampsons intimate, emotive songs draw you in, gradually weaving their subtle magic.
About Joe's most recent album, Chansons de Parade: The follow-up to his acclaimed EP Songs of Delay released earlier this year, Chansons de Parade is another exquisitely crafted collection of songs from Joe Sampson, with an uncanny ability to quietly get under your skin. While drawing from the musical spirit of Simon & Garfunkel, Iron & Wine, and Low, the songs on Chansons de Parade sound familial rather than familiar. Combining haunting yet playful lyrical narratives, a mesmerising road-worn baritone vocal, and a delicious melodic sensibility, these nine songs feel like long-term friends from the first listen. The musics intimacy, gently lilting country slant and spacious, restrained instrumentation add depth and resonance to Sampsons rustic folk influences.
Esmé Patterson is songwriter, gambler, singer, lover, thinker and explorer. She began as a member of the Denver Folk Pop septet, Paper Bird, and has written two records as a solo act including All Princes, I and her second and most recent release, Woman to Woman, which is a concept album of responses from female characters in a broad range of well known love songs. The Guardian called it "defiant and witty", the New York Times found her voice "wiry and candid" with songs that "hint at mystery and mortality". Audiotree touts "By putting herself in the minds of characters like Jolene, Eleanor Rigby, and Billie Jean, Patterson has crafted a witty, dark, and intimate twist on the popular tracks." Esmé performs in multiple incarnations. She adds members to raise the volume and cadence of her tunes but remains powerful alone. Patterson is a magnetic performer and has appeared on the Leno, Conan and Letterman programs. Her co-writing with Shakey Graves led to sold out shows nationwide and millions of downloads of their collaborations
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