ANDREW CALHOUN 8pm Friday, March 20th @ Yellow Moon Cafe in Cobden

February 22nd, 2015

Cousin Andy’s Concert Series is happy to welcome Andrew Calhoun back to the Yellow Moon stage on Friday, March 20th.

Andrew’s music is innovative and rooted in tradition. In forty years as a performer he has evolved an increasingly varied repertoire including original songs, Irish and American folk songs, Scottish ballads, African-American spirituals, hymns, historical background, comic songs and poems and songs by writers such as Dave Carter, Mary Oliver and Robert Frost.

“Calhoun is a master at story songs, finely crafted works that swiftly and economically capture a moment or express an emotion. Like the best novelists, he is able to assume different personas and see the world through other people’s eyes.” – June Sawyers, Chicago Tribune

“Andrew’s writing reminds me of impressionistic painting – an image here and there, a splash of color, light and shadow. His songs defy analysis; the impact of word and sound alone is enough to move me deeply. Andrew’s music bypasses the mind and goes straight to the soul.” – Lui Collins

Call Sandi at The Yellow Moon Cafe for a reservation for dinner and music - 618.893.2233

For more information about Andrew, CLICK HERE 

For more information about The Yellow Moon Cafe, CLICK HERE

BILL STAINES Friday, February 20th, 8PM @ The Yellow Moon Cafe in Cobden

February 11th, 2015

We welcome Bill Staines back to Cousin Andy’s Concert Series…this week down at The Yellow Moon Cafe in Cobden.

Singing mostly his own songs, Bill has become one of the most popular and durable singers on the folk music scene today, performing nearly 200 concerts a year and driving over 65,000 miles annually. He weaves a blend of gentle wit and humor into his performances and one reviewer wrote, “He has a sense of timing to match the best standup comic.”

Bill’s music is a slice of Americana, reflecting with the same ease his feelings about the prairie people of the Midwest or the adventurers of the Yukon, the on-the-road truckers, or the everyday workers that make up this land.

“Folk music is rich in the human spirit and experience. I’ve always wanted to bring something of value to people through my songs.” With these thoughts, Bill continues to drive the highways and back roads of the country year after year, bringing his music to listeners, young and old.

Call Sandi at The Yellow Moon Cafe for a reservation for dinner and music - 618.893.2233

For more info on Bill CLICK HERE 

For more info on The Yellow Moon Cafe CLICK HERE

AMY KUCHARIK Friday, February 6th, 7:30pm

February 1st, 2015

Cousin Andy’s welcomes a transplanted former local to the stage for our next show in the fellowship hall of The Church of The Good Shepherd.

Amy Kucharik grew up in Southern Illinois, but now calls Somerville, Massachusetts home.  As a singer/songwriter, Amy applies the sweet, innocent tones of her ukulele to the (sometimes) dark humor of her wit with an infectious, danceable swing. Having grown up in a musical family, Amy played music and wrote songs her whole life, but when she picked up her first ukulele during the summer of 2009, everything fell into place. She began performing at open mics and writing more songs, and now travels around the northeast…and sometimes further south and west to include our neighborhood…sharing her catchy, sexy, sometimes haunting songs that recount tales of reluctant love, heartbreak, revenge, and grit.

Photo by Richard Chase

For more information about Amy, CLICK HERE

Groundhog Revival Singer Showcase – Friday, 1/30, 7pm

January 4th, 2015

A new event to kick off Cousin Andy’s Spring Concert Series….

Friday, January 30th, at 7pm…in the fellowship hall of The Church of the Good Shepherd, the season begins with the first-ever GROUNDHOG REVIVAL SINGER SHOWCASE!

This new benefit concert will feature a number of our finest local performers.  Each will do a couple of his or her own songs and then…have to spin the Wheel of Misfortune for “choosing” a final song.  That song will be performed with our house band…in the key determined by rolling the Dice of Despair.  Who’s good at improv and who will have a train wreck with the song? Come on down to Cousin Andy’s and find out!  Guaranteed to be an entertaining evening!

Performers include:  Ivas John with Gary Gordon, Marshall Anderson, Wil Maring & Robert Bowlin, Katie Foley, Andrea Stader, Carter & Connelly, Rog ‘n’ Bob, Christine Bauer & Kindred, Ray Hogan, house band of Transcendental Cowboys

SMALL POTATOES, Friday 12/12, 8pm, @ The Yellow Moon Cafe in Cobden, a Cousin Andy’s Concert Series Event

December 9th, 2014

The Chicago based folk duo of Jacquie Manning and Rich Prezioso say it has taken them years of careful indecision to develop a repertoire they describe as “Celtic to Cowboy.” Superb musicianship and showmanship, award-winning songwriting, and a strong sense of tradition has made them, as Dirty Linen Magazine once said, “one of the most polished, inventive, and entertaining shows on the circuit.”

We welcome Small Potatoes back for what has become their annual Christmas show in Southern Illinois.  Jacquie and Rich are sure to help us get into the holiday spirit with some season-appropriate music, but also are likely to sprinkle in some of our favorites, as well as a new offering or two. 

(Photo by Neale Eckstein @ The Kerrville Folk Festival 2011)

For more information about Small Potatoes CLICK HERE 

For more information about The Yellow Moon Cafe CLICK HERE — and call 618.893.2233 for dinner reservations for before the show

Bottle Rocket Cabaret, Friday, December 5th, 7:30pm

November 18th, 2014

We welcome Bottle Rocket Cabaret to Cousin Andy’s Concert Series on Friday, December 5th, at 7:30pm.  We’ll be in the fellowship hall of The Church of The Good Shepherd for this week’s show.

Bottle Rocket Cabaret is the duo comprised of award winning musicians John Latini and Jamie-Sue Seal.  The pair presents a lively collection of songs and fills in the gaps with superb vocals, masterful guitar playing and vintage flair.  Often drawing comparisons to the iconic duo “Delaney and Bonnie” for their soulful vocals and bluesy approach, their roots-based repertoire also reveals glimpses of jazz standards, gospel, musical theater and opera house follies.

 ”Jamie-Sue Seal and John Latini put together musical shows that go way beyond the aging hipster folk crap.  Exceptional musicianship combined with enormous wit and engaging showmanship, they are the real deal.  If their show comes to town-BE THERE!”    -Michael Curths, Presenter and Promoter

For more info CLICK HERE 

KRISTA DETOR, Friday, November 14th, 8PM @ The Yellow Moon Cafe in Cobden

November 7th, 2014

We happily welcome Krista Detor back to Cousin Andy’s Concert Series on Friday, November 14th at 8pm.  This week’s show will be at The Yellow Moon Cafe in Cobden.

Says Neil Pearson, Producer of the Darwin Songhouse: “Krista is one of the very finest modern songwriters at writing within character; and her ability to convey the emotions of the people that inhabit her songs is utterly convincing and believable. The range of situations and circumstances her characters occupy, and the compelling way the narratives are delivered make one of the most flexible and empathetic writers. Her understanding of the human condition and her ability to express the motivation for her characters give her songs real impact and resonance with the listener.”

The Boston Herald says, simply, “All songwriters shouldbe this good..”

For more info about Krista, CLICK HERE 

For more info about The Yellow Moon Cafe, CLICK HERE (call 618.893.2233 for reservations)

MARK STUART, Friday, November 7th, 7:30pm

October 28th, 2014

We welcome Mark Stuart back to Cousin Andy’s Concert Series on Friday, November 7th.  We’ll be in the fellowship hall of The Church of The Good Shepherd for this show.

After growing up in Nashville, TN and playing professionally from age 15 on, Mark Stuart set his sights on being a recording/touring artist. Much of the time in the 1980s and 1990s he fronted his own roots music band in the US southeast. The rock, blues, country, and folk mixture that poured from his vocals/guitar/piano/songwriting defined him as being more versatile than most artists, musically speaking. Some periods he toured with Texas legend Freddy Fender, or folk-rocker Steve Forbert. Then, there were stints with country-rocker Steve Earle (who became his brother in-law). While being an opening act (with wife, Stacey Earle) for folk icon Joan Baez, Stuart so enamored the headliner that she would bring him onstage during her show to showcase his guitar work. 

This year, Mark Stuart is touring heavily solo and his performances are littered with great guitar pieces, self-penned songs from his solo records and duo records. Also, he does “tribute” songs to those notable artists he used to work for, and, includes fascinating stories about the experiences along the way.

For more info on Mark, CLICK HERE

PATCHOULI, Friday, 10/17, 8pm – Yellow Moon Cafe in Cobden

October 7th, 2014

Nationally touring, award winning songwriter Julie Patchouli and master guitarist Bruce Hecksel light up the air with sparkling acoustic sounds and their powerful contagious chemistry. Famous for that smiling voice that instantly turns a bad day into a good one, Patchouli’s down-to-earth, hopeful songwriting is “New American Folk” blending elements of folk, pop, flamenco and jazz with world beat rhythms. Patchouli’s sound has been described as “the harmonies of Simon & Garfunkel meet the guitar brilliance of the Gipsy Kings.

Patchouli represents the very top echelon of today’s acoustic performers, bringing the highest level of skill together with the passion, experience and joy that are a rare combination indeed.

We welcome Patchouli back to Southern Illinois on October 17th!

For more info about Patchouli CLICK HERE

For more info about The Yellow Moon Cafe CLICK HERE

ANNE HILLS, Friday, October 3rd, 7:30pm

September 22nd, 2014

 

“Anne Hills is such an exquisite singer that it’s understandable that people might be swept up in the pure beauty of her voice and thereby overlook her writing. That would be a mistake. For me, Anne’s writing, in songs like ‘Follow That Road’ and many others, is as direct, melodic and deep as any work being done today. She is quite simply one of my absolute favorite songwriters.”  Tom Paxton

Whether she is singing her own song, the words of 6 year old Opal Whiteley, or the Hoosier poet James Whitcomb Riley; accompanied with her guitar, banjo, or simply a Tibetan bell, she puts her whole heart and soul into the moment. So, even if you haven’t become familiar with her voice (featured often on XM/Sirius Folk Radio, The Midnight Special & many other folk shows) you won’t want to miss a chance to hear her songs and stories in person.

You would be scrolling through this post for a while if all of Anne’s awards, accomplishments, and recognitions were listed here.  Suffice it to say, Anne’s show is a musical treat you do not want to miss!

For more information about Anne, CLICK HERE.

This week’s show will be in the fellowship hall of The Church of The Good Shepherd in Carbondale.