SHAWN JAMES - THE DARK & THE LIGHT TOUR, Fever Feel, Catch Prichard
Friday, Mar 22nd 8:00 pm

the Milk Bar presents
SHAWN JAMES - THE DARK & THE LIGHT TOUR
Fever Feel Catch Prichard
$13 - $15


SHAWN JAMES - THE DARK & THE LIGHT TOUR

Shawn James’ voice is a force of nature, a musical preacher to a flock that accepts everyone, a combination of the gospel choirs he sang with as a youngster and his training in classical music and opera. Born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, James’ timeless sound is steeped in blues legends like Robert Johnson and Son House, forever at the crossroads of damnation and redemption, the two inextricably woven into the fabric of his songs.

The Dark & the Light, his first album for L.A.-based indie label Parts + Labor Records, marks a creative leap forward for the 32-year-old troubadour. James annually tours more than 150 dates around the world and has released some 70 songs over the past five years, both on his own and as part of his “more raucous, rock” band the Shapeshifters, a loose group of musicians formed in Fayetteville, AR, which served as his temporary home before a recent move to the west coast.

Transcending any and all genres, James’ songs speak as much to these tremulous times as they do the eternal human condition. Steeped in mythology (the fearsome a cappella which opens “Orpheus”) and America’s dark past (the deep delta blues of “Burn the Witch”), The Dark & the Light seeks to turn despair into hope – as he does on the two-part tribute to his steel-worker father on “Love Will Find a Way I” and “Love Will Find a Way II.” Shawn’s father died an alcoholic when he was five and the two songs feature a journey from the depths of despair to the heights of ecstatic communion. Shawn sings, “The blood that filled his veins flows through mine/It’s not that I’m ashamed but how can I redefine how your story ends.”


Fever Feel

On their new self-titled LP British Columbia’s Fever Feel infuse the hazy wash of 60’s psychedelia with syncopated strutting rock & roll. Founded by the songwriting duo of Landon Franklin and Logan Gabert, Fever Feel is a modern take on rock & roll music, nodding to the simplicity of the past while moving forward with a sound unique to themselves.


Catch Prichard

Change is the constant in the work of singer, songwriter and composer, Sawyer Gebauer. Moving to Sweden from the Midwest at 19, he formed and fronted the mercurial Brittsommar, a musical entity that took off in Europe with a rotating cast of talent.

Upon return to the States, Sawyer carved a new project, Catch Prichard, and recorded a collection of songs that exalt the narrative as much as the melody. Catch Prichard is currently based in Oakland, California. His next compilation of songs will release in the fall of 2019.