Dana and Susan Robinson — Friday, August 28th, 8pm

August 25th, 2015

This week we welcome Dana and Susan Robinson back to the stage at The Yellow Moon Cafe in Cobden, as part of the Cousin Andy’s Concert Series.

From Asheville, North Carolina, Dana and Sue bring to the stage an exciting blend of original songs of the American landscape and oldtime Appalachian mountain music. With Dana on guitar and fiddle and Susan’s clawhammer banjo playing and harmony singing, they bring a joyful energy to their concerts. Their music is the sound and feel of bedrock America.  

“Many songwriters such as Bruce Springsteen, or John Mellencamp have been heralded as modern day Woody Guthries or keepers of the American rural spirit, but that mantle might be better entrusted to musicians like Dana Robinson who embody both the heart and the soul of folk music.” — Dirty Linen

“..A poet’s perspective delivered in quietly spectacular musicianship… the music sounds laid back even while his guitar licks are knocking your socks off” — Music Matters Review

For more info about Dana and Susan, CLICK HERE 

For more info about The Yellow Moon Cafe, CLICK HERE

FOLKSTRAVAGANZA XVI! Friday, August 21st, 7pm @ COGS

August 12th, 2015

It’s Cousin Andy’s time again! The sixteenth annual FOLKSTRAVAGANZA! is 7pm Friday, August 21st, in the Fellowship Hall of The Church of The Good Shepherd.

Cousin Andy’s plays host to some of the finest touring singer/songwriters in the country and beyond. For our kickoff to the fall season, we have some of our favorite local artists lending their support to Cousin Andy’s by playing our annual benefit show. Come enjoy these local muscians and show your support for them and for Cousin Andy’s.

Christine Bauer (with Candy Davis and Marty Merrill)                                                       Bill Harper


Tim Crosby (photo by John Longmire)                                                  Rural Kings


KRISTA DETOR with special guest Amanda Biggs, Friday, June 19th, 8PM @ The Yellow Moon Cafe in Cobden

May 20th, 2015

We happily welcome Krista Detor back for a special return engagement summer edition of Cousin Andy’s Concert Series on Friday, June 19th at 8pm at The Yellow Moon Cafe in Cobden.

“She is not just a songwriter, nor accomplished musician, nor poignant entertainer – I have been awed by the soul-punching talent of Krista Detor….” – WNC Magazine, Feb. 2015

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 should be this good..”

Joining Krista will be special guest Amanda Biggs.  Music is an incredible resource for therapeutic release, a sense of connection with those around us, and a way to seek inner… peace. Amanda holds this awareness, as well as the fact that she has been given an incredible opportunity to create healing tunes. Music has a way of grabbing the soul, shaking it up, and putting it right in the perfect place to learn and grow in an environment of welcoming open arms and open hearts.  If just one soul finds a little bit more peace; If just one heart finds itself opening up again; If just one normal evening becomes a life-changing experience; Amanda will consider herself to be a success.

For more info about Krista, CLICK HERE 

For more info about Amanda, CLICK HERE

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

DANA COOPER, Friday, May 1st, 8pm @ The Yellow Moon Cafe in Cobden

April 25th, 2015

We welcome Dana Cooper back to the Cousin Andy’s stage on Friday, May 1st.

Out of the heartland of America, stomping grounds of Truman and Twain, troubadour Dana Cooper dedicated himself to a life of music over 40 years ago. This song poet engages and inspires audiences around the world with his quick wit, insightful stories and commanding presence. He has performed on Austin City Limits, Mountain Stage, and the Kerrville Folk Festival where he was nominated for their Hall of Fame. Cooper’s songs have been recorded by top-notch artists such as bluegrass star Claire Lynch; Irish vocalist Maura O’Connell; and luminary songwriters Pierce Pettis and Susan Werner. Cooper’s mixture of flat-picking, finger-picking and percussive strumming style is legend among other guitarists. An expressive singer his voice is ageless evoking a rich lifetime of experience.
 “…the kind of idealistic Whitmanesque songs of experience that not many people are singing these days. Put all this together and you have something that sounds suspiciously like wisdom.” —James M. Manheim, Ann Arbor Observer 
“He’s clever, deep, crafty, poetic, melodic, ironic, and hilarious– in short, the best.”Kate Wallace Trinity Backstage
Call 618.893.2233 for dinner reservations at The Yellow Moon.

For more about Dana CLICK HERE

For more about The Yellow Moon Cafe CLICK HERE

THE TALL TREES (Ben Bedford & Tim Grimm) Friday, April 17th, 8pm @ The Yellow Moon Cafe in Cobden

April 4th, 2015

We welcome Ben Bedford and Tim Grimm — playing together as The Tall Trees — back to the Cousin Andy’s stage on Friday, April 17th.  We’ll be down at The Yellow Moon Cafe in Cobden, wtih the music starting at 8pm.

Tim’s songs are full of the rural rumblings that have shaped his life—rich with descriptive details, and sung with warmth and intimacy—recognizing the inextinguishable national romance with the idea of the family farm and the vanishing landscape of rural America.

Ben delivers intriguing sketches of America, its individuals, their victories and their struggles. Poignant, but never sentimental, Bedford’s portrait-like songs capture the vitality of his characters and draw the listener deep into the narratives.

Call 618.893.2233 for dinner reservations at The Yellow Moon.

For more about The Tall Trees CLICK HERE 

For more about Tim Grimm CLICK HERE 

For more about Ben Bedford CLICK HERE

For more about The Yellow Moon Cafe CLICK HERE

REBECCA LOEBE with SMOKEY AND THE MIRROR, Friday, April 3rd, 7:30pm @ COGS

March 23rd, 2015

We are excited to welcomes Rebecca Loebe to the Cousin Andy’s Concert Series stage on Friday, April 3rd, at 7:30pm.  We will be in the fellowship hall of The Church of The Good Shepherd for this show.

Becca is a young singer-songwriter who grew up in Atlanta and has done time in DC, Boston and New York, now making her home in Austin, TX. She is known for her distinct voice, well-crafted songs and ability to bring an audience to her journeys, introducing them to the characters she meets and observations she makes as she travels.  Her live performances have created a passionate fan base around the world.  Rebecca has won numerous awards for her songwriting, including the prestigious Kerrville New Folk Award, and has received recognition for her unique, powerful voice. In 2011 she was a featured contestant on the first season of NBC’s “The Voice,” winning a spot on Team Adam and an iTunes Top 10 single worldwide with her captivating re-imagination of Nirvana’s “Come As You Are.” Earlier this year she was ranked #9 on Alternate Root magazine’s annual listing of the 30 Best Female Singers in America.

As an added treat, Smokey and The Mirror will be sharing the stage with Rebecca.  Bernice and Bryan Hembree call Fayetteville, Arkansas, home, but sometimes hit the road to share their music at festivals and listening rooms like Cousin Andy’s.

Chris Roberts of Red Arm Music says, “The thing I love most about this band and the evening with them is not only the powerfully beautiful voice of bass player, Bernice Hembree, or the well-written songs of Bryan Hembree, sung with his rustic, true American voice – it’s the energy they bring on stage and to the audience! You can tell when they are performing; they truly treasure what they do. They feed off each other to the point it’s sometimes hard to tell where the guitar stops and the bass starts!

For more info about Becca, CLICK HERE

For more info about Bernice and Bryan, CLICK HERE

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