Abbie Morin: The Homecoming Show
w/ special guests Upstate Rubdown
Saturday, February 20, 2016
If a fox appears to you in the wild, or perhaps in a dream, you might heed it as a sign to stray. To open your ears to mischief’s rosy whisper, and run. In her mysterious collage of jangling cowgirl tunes and vivacious indie anthems, Abbie Morin has found a voice to answer the call.
The release of her debut album Shadowproof in January 2015 served as a catalyst for an exciting year for. A packed house on a frigid Vermont night enthusiastically welcomed Shadowproof during the album release party at Nectar’s, followed by a weekly residency at the club for the remainder of the month. Abbie and her band’s self-described foxy folk sound and their spirited, cathartic outpourings garnered them a loyal following, drawing crowds to venues including Higher Ground, Radio Bean, and Nectar’s, among others throughout the spring and summer.
Fast forward to the beginning of fall, Abbie and collaborator Thomas Pearo (electric guitar) embarked on an ambitious tour across the country, playing 34 shows in 19 different states. Freeing themselves from their possessions, leases and wearisome titles of waiter and housekeeper, the duo embarked on what they dubbed a “lifestyle tour,” a sweeping journey lasting 16 weeks bringing them to big cities and small towns. Notable stops on their journey included a set at Otis Mountain Get Down in upstate New York and a performance at the Daytrotter studios in Davenport, IA.
Now settled back on the east coast, Abbie is hunkering down for the start of 2016 in an off-season beach town along the Jersey shore to write and record the next album. With Thomas Pearo at her side once again, serving as producer and spiritual guide, Abbie Morin looks to navigate fresh territory with her second release.
Upstate Rubdown is an acoustic septet drawing inspiration from every corner (and decade) of America’s musical heritage. Based in New York’s Hudson Valley region, the band has spent years cultivating its sound, and continues to grow by the tune. The instrumentation includes Harry D’Agostino on upright bass, Ryan Chappell on mandolin, Dean Mahoney on cajón, and Christian Joao on flute and alto/baritone saxophone. The dynamic rhythm section supports a three part vocal harmony powerhouse of founding members Mary Kenney and Melanie Glenn with recent Nashville-transplant Allison Olender.
Over its five year history, the band has played in more than twenty states, from intimate house concerts to prominent festival stages, including Mountain Jam, Frendly Gathering, and Green River Festival. The band has opened for Cory Henry, Phox, The Felice Brothers, and many others.