Kristin Hersh & Grant-Lee Phillips

Sunday
18
Mar

Stellar Songwriter Double Bill

Throwing Muses Singer Teams Up with Nashville Troubadour
Why you should see this show…

Both powerhouses in their own worlds, old friends Kristin Hersh and Grant-Lee Phillips are teaming up on tour.
 

 

Kristin Hersh Bio
Songwriter, guitarist, and singer Kristin Hersh has released over 20 records solo, with Throwing Muses and 50FOOTWAVE. She’s also the author of an acclaimed memoir — based on her teenage diary —about a particularly eventful year, titled Rat Girl in the USA (published by Penguin).

After founding her influential artpunk band Throwing Muses in Providence, RI, at the age of 14, Kristin Hersh has spent decades confounding expectations and breaking rules, both hers and others.

From life as the reluctant frontperson for the Muses, to the solo career she swore would never happen, through the founding of an ambitious and altruistic nonprofit, to her recent foray into a successful career as an author, Kristin, now a mother of four, didn’t see much of this coming. Throwing Muses first gained recognition playing on bills with similarly singular artists like the Pixies and Dinosaur Jr. They signed with the highly regarded British indie label 4AD Records the label’s first American signing and then to Warner Bros in the U.S. Kristin’s solo career spun off in 1994 with the release of Hips and Makers. The CD was widely acclaimed and included ͞”Your Ghost,” a duet with R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe. This was followed by eight more critically acclaimed and influential solo records. Kristin often plays all instruments on her solo releases.

She also heads the power trio, 50FootWave, formed in 2004. Power + Light is 50FootWave’s most successful release: a blistering thirty-minute barrage of uninterrupted music.

In 2007 Kristin cofounded the nonprofit Coalition of Artists and StakeHolders (CASH Music). Through CASH, listeners (͞Strange Angels͟) have completely funded Kristin’s musical output. CASH has also powered dozens of other artist and label projects and has grown into a widely recognized powerhouse of technical tools that enable commerce, communication and sustainability for artists all open source and free of charge. In 2013, Throwing Muses returned with their first studio album in 10 years – Purgatory/Paradise –published as a book and CD. The art book is 64pages of lyrics, essays, and photos and includes a 32track CD that was entirely listenersupported, thanks to Kristin’s Strange Angels.

Kristin began her writing career with the widely acclaimed Rat Girl (titled Paradoxical Undressing outside of the U.S.), published by Penguin. Rolling Stone named Rat Girl one of the top ten best rock memoirs ever written. Kristin has brought the stage show all over the world, playing theaters, museums and festivals. Rat Girl was also adapted as an award winning play. Her latest book, Don’t Suck, Don’t Die, a personal account of her friendship with the late Vic Chesnutt, was a finalist for the American Booksellers Association book of the year and shortlisted for the Pat Conroy Southern book of the year. NPR said of Don’t Suck, Don’t Die, ͞”Not only one of the best books of the year, but one of the most beautiful rock memoirs ever written.”

 

 

Grant-Lee Phillips Bio
In a career defined by risk and reflection, Phillips only just recently took on the biggest gamble of his life…and with the wager comes The Narrows.

For practically all of his time on Earth, songwriter Grant-Lee Phillips has reconciled widescreen mystery and wonder with his own experiences from a fixed vantage point. Not that California is such a myopic perch: The state whose very name implies the promise of reinvention and potential wealth encompasses such varied terrain as Stockton (the hardscrabble port town of Phillips’ birth), the now-fleeting bohemia of San Francisco, and the sprawling industry capitol that is Los Angeles – his home since age 19.

Los Angeles is a desert, he explains from the road in Oslo, Norway, ͞It’s a hard place to plant your roots and a harder place to pull ’em up after some thirty years. In 2013, he did just that: The lifelong California resident transplanted himself and his family to landlocked Tennessee. Reasons why abound, but answers to the questions the relocation posed are still emerging. His last LP, Walking in the Green Corn was a resonant meditation on translating his own ancestral legacy into the present era. As he was listening to the past, he heard echoes of his own experience – and those of his descendants – rolling off the Tennessee hills. ͞It held the promise of a quieter life, he says, ͞something resembling my own rural upbringing in the San Joaquin Valley. And the people of the mid-south reminded me of home – my dad being from Arkansas, my mom from Oklahoma. And the soundtrack of my boyhood was so often tethered to Nashville…͟

 

Dining Options

If you’d enjoy a more extensive menu, we suggest you dine downstairs in the Rusty Anchor before your concert. Click here to see the Rusty Anchor menu. To make a reservation, visit OpenTable.com, or call (216) 242-1250. Please allow 90 minutes to dine prior to the beginning of your show upstairs.

We are excited to announce a NEW MENU upstairs in the Concert Hall, and we encourage you to give it a try. As always, you dine right in your ticketed seat. Click here, to see the Concert Hall menu. There is no additional reservation required for dining in the Concert Hall. Last call for dining upstairs is at show time. Beverage service will be available throughout the show.

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