Show Starts: 7:00pm
$19 in Advance | $24 At Door
Indiscriminate Lovers is a musical partnership between Trent Wagler and Derek Kratzer, who first began playing music together in college. "Amen" is their first collaborative project since 2006. This album grew out of an inspired evening of music at a Leonard Cohen tribute night.
Derek Kratzer teaches strings in Chapel Hill, NC. He and long-time friend, Trent Wagler were looking for an opportunity to make music together around their otherwise busy schedules when they stumbled on an idea. Audiences may know Trent as the lead singer/songwriter for the Americana Roots band, The Steel Wheels. This side project became a personal obsession for Wagler after hearing of Leonard Cohen's death on November 7th, 2016.
"It was a watershed moment. There was this crazy political climate in our country, all this lazy language putting people into broad categories, and in the midst of the loudest noise of that, was this man, this hero-poet, who gave such thought to language and human experience, who was passing on. It felt like some kind of final poetic grand gesture. But I felt cheated. I felt like we needed him now as much as ever. I started consuming his music as much as possible. I read "I'm Your Man," a great biography of Leonard Cohen. I'm not an expert, I'm just a passionate student. And I think we all need more Leonard Cohen and less of the other noise that can make these times feel tough."
After producing a set of Cohen songs for a local tribute night in Harrisonburg, VA in 2017, Derek and Trent decided to record a short EP to literally record the arrangements they had put together. The November tour will feature songs of Leonard Cohen as well as various thoughtful musical diversions by the Lovers.
They will be joined on stage by Robin and Linda Williams!
Robin and Linda Williams are like your next-door neighbors - assuming your neighbors are the salt-of-the-earth and top-flight performers to boot. One minute you picture borrowing a cup of sugar from these two; the next, you're completely stunned by their jaw-dropping talent. Bottom line: You feel right at home at a Robin and Linda concert, and their music stays with you like an old friend.
Favorites of fans and promoters alike, they have crisscrossed the continent (and beyond) for more than three decades, performing the tunes they love & a hearty blend of bluegrass, folk, old-time and acoustic country. From The Grand Ole Opry to Austin City Limits, Music City Tonight to Mountain Stage, clubs, festivals and countless other venues, Robin and Linda never cease to wow audiences wherever they go.
Their chops don't stop at singing. They are first-class instrumentalists and superb songwriters, able to, as The Washington Post put it, "sum up a life in a few details with moving completeness." It's why their compositions have been recorded by the likes of Emmylou Harris, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Tom T. Hall, Kathy Mattea, Tim and Mollie O'Brien, George Hamilton IV and The Seldom Scene. Irish singer Mary Black included their haunting "Don't Let Me Come Home a Stranger" on her CD Full Tide.
The couple met in 1971. Linda - originally from Alabama - was teaching school in South Carolina. Robin, who grew up in North Carolina, had been making the rounds on the national coffeehouse circuit. It wasn't long before they hit it off romantically. And the uncanny blend of their voices was icing on the cake. These days, they make their home in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.
Their first album came out on a small Minnesota-based record label in 1975, the same year they debuted on A Prairie Home Companion. Their association with the popular public radio program has landed them on major stages from Carnegie Hall to the Hollywood Bowl. As half of The Hopeful Gospel Quartet, they have collaborated on several CDs with the show's host, Garrison Keillor, and were prominently featured in the 2006 film "A Prairie Home Companion," directed by master filmmaker Robert Altman.
Of the many recordings Robin and Linda have offered up over the years, you'd be hard pressed to settle on a favorite. Whether their early productions like Shenandoah Moon and Dixie Highway Sign or later albums such as Sugar for Sugar and Devil of a Dream, or the more recent Radio Songs, Buena Vista, and Stonewall Country (on Red House Records) each is a worthy addition to any music lover's collection.
R&L (as their pals are apt to call them) are in constant demand, along with Their Fine Group, which formed after they teamed up with former Red Clay Rambler Jim Watson (bass, vocals and mandolin). The fourth chair of the Fine Group is a rotating chair filled by Chris Brashear (fiddle/mandolin) or Tony Williamson (mandolin). Whatever the configuration, the band keeps the joint jumpin'.