Road Dates with Shawn Colvin and NERFA this month!
I’m excited to head to Purpl in Hastings-On-the-Hudson, NY on November 16 and then on to Infinity Music Hall, Hartford in support of Shawn Colvin in November. Looking forward to my first semi-formal showcase at the New England Folk Alliance Conference, taking place in Stamford, CT 11/8 - 11/11. Additional conference showcases will be announced shortly.
Thanks to all for coming out to the shows over the last couple of months. It’s been a whirlwind and feels good to meet so many new people as well as reconnecting with some old friends! Many thanks to all for coming out to Club Passim in Cambridge. It was the last show of the month for us and always a pleasure and treat to share the stage with drummer, Marco Giovino. We hope to have more duo shows on the way so be sure to check the itinerary frequently.
I’m also stoked to be representing MJC Ironworks strings! Looking forward to working with this amazing guitar string company. Owner, Michael Connelly takes great pride and care in the quality of his product by making the strings himself.
And don’t forget to check out the new 45” vinyl, out on Need to Know and produced by Marco Giovino and Brian Brinkerhoff. The recording includes just me and Marco playing stripped down versions of Tallulah Send a Car for Me and Mine the River.
Looking forward to seeing you soon!
WUMB Blues Music Camp in September!
September is approaching and we've got a busy month planned. Kerri will close summer with a date at Infinity Music Hall, Norfolk, Connecticut supporting The Weight Band on 8/25, and after a few weeks to get some writing and recharging in, she'll gear up to join WUMB radio for the SAMW WUMB Blues Music Camp from 9/28 - 9/30. This year's instructors include Toni Lynn Washington, Paul Rischell and Annie Raines, Daniel Fox, Bob Halperin, Samuel James, and Paul Size. Kerri will teach 3 classes, covering country blues picking and singing, and songwriting. For more details and to sign up visit: www.wumb.org
Mark your calendars for 9/21! Kerri will give a special house concert at Cherry Brook House Concerts. The home is nestled in a private setting on the south shore of Massachusetts, located in Bridgewater. A charismatic way to gather with friends for an intimate performance of Americana and blues songs. Please email Judy @ firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your seat. The doors will open at 7:00 and show starts at 7:30. Snacks and drinks will be served and a $10. donation is suggested.
We've recently been informed Kerri has been chosen as a semi formal showcase artist at this year's NERFA conference! The conference will take place from 11/8 - 11/11 in Stamford, CT. More information to come!
*Photo courtesy: Jeanine Rose Photography
Summer has been a flash of 24 frames. Kerri has been hitting the road promoting Starseeds with dates throughout the US. She just returned from Grand Rapids, MN, where she played a set at KAXE radio's Mississippi River Music Festival in late July. She'll be staying closer to home in New England in August, playing on 8/9 @ The Lizard Lounge in Cambridge with The Bourbonaires, a cast of luminaries including drummer, Marco Giovino, guitarists, Chris Rival and Thomas Juliano, bassist Jesse Williams, and on keys and accordion, Sonny Barbato. Americana songwriting gem, Chuck McDermott will open the show! Tickets are available HERE and doors open @ 8:30 pm.
8/10 she'll take the ferry to Martha's Vineyard to play a solo show at The Ritz. We're thankful to WMVY for spinning "Peeping Tom," and Kerri is looking forward to playing it live for new fans on the island. She hits @ 7 pm.
A new itinerary of shows is on the way for fall and see you at a venue near you soon. In the meantime, enjoy AUGUST LOVE, a new Spotify playlist that includes some of our recent favorites.
Peace, light, and love...
We're off to an incredible start, ending April with an All-star cast of musicians at Menotomy Grill. Kerri had the honor of playing with Marco Giovino, Duke Levine, Sonny Barbato, and Jessie Williams! It was an unforgettable night of music followed by the release of new album, Starseeds at 6 On the Square in Oxford, NY. (Check out Kerri's new blog, Road Scenes for more...) We're just starting to receive spins on stations throughout the U.S. and looking forward to hitting the road over the next several months. Thanks to all for your support and see you out there soon...
PRESS PHOTOS COURTESY JEAN MOLODETZ
COVER PHOTO JEANINE ROSE PHOTOGRAPHY
New album "STARSEEDS" now available everywhere!
We're so excited what some are already calling "the essential cosmic american album" is here. the songs on starseeds were written over the course of two years and recorded in 2017 @ dirt floor studios in E. Haddam, CT. Produced by Eric Lichter and mixed/mastered by Steve Wytas, this new collection is powers' most definitive yet - she is flying under the radar at 1000 mPH, a true-grit powerhouse blues and americana songwriter, singer, and guitarist. armed with just her guitar, slide, and stompbox, powers' live performances are nothing short of captivating. don't miss the next one near you!
ORDER yOUR SIGNED COPY of STARSEEDS TODAY!
a few early reviews and press quotes :
...Songs flush with expressive emotions and a slight slant towards the blues, Starseeds is Powers’ most definitive statement yet, one that finds a common bond in both its music and its message. Its eight originals and two choice covers — a moving take on Blind Faith’s restive anthem “Can’t Find My Way Home” and “Polly,” a lovely song of wistful reflection written by the late Gene Clark — find her sharing her sentiments in ways that ring with authenticity. At times, she comes across as a backwoods chanteuse, showing off a folky finesse that affirms a knowing delivery. Suffice it to say, Starseeds shines.
THE REVUE CA
Kerri Powers was born to play the guitar and tell stories that could best be defined as Mark Twain’s Mississippi River tales meet Kurt Vonnegut’s Sierra Nevada deserts. The Connecticut-based singer-songwriter, in other words, is a throwback, who would have been a star if she started performing in the ’70s instead of the early 2010s. Time, however, is on Powers’ side because people will eventually discover this gem of a talent who is a young Bonnie Raitt. Yes, she is like the legendary artist, playing blues, roots, Americana, country, and folk with an attitude and a sharp tongue. It is our pleasure, as such, to premiere Powers’ new song, “Bicycle Man”, today.
Featuring a classic, twangy guitar line and Powers’ classic, raspy vocals, “Bicycle Man” is swampy blues – roots number meant to be played in the blues bars that litter New Orleans’ Bourbon Street. It rocks and smoulders with the grit, attitude, and addictive qualities of Buddy Guy’s, Taj Mahal’s, and Ms. Raitt’s finest numbers. Her songwriting, too, is akin to these greats (and Vonnegut, too), where she applies wit and satire to tackle conventional norms. In this number, she takes the classic fairy tale and puts it on its head. There’s no Prince Charming arriving on a white steed or a motorcycle riding, leather jacket-wearing hero to save the day. The hero in Powers’ story is “the rambling girl”, who is the “cog in the wheel” or the man who rides a bicycle. A man who is powerless without his better half.
“Bicycle Man” is taken from Powers’ new album, Starseeds, which arrives May 4th.
7" VINYL COMING SOON!
Kerri was fortunate to have recorded for the singular recordings/need to know label. producers, brian brinkerhoff and marco giovino recorded and played on "tallulah send a car for me," and "mine the River." the songs are stripped down versions - just powers vocals and guitar and marco giovino on drums. an "old school" blues take that will be available exclusively on 7" vinyl! stay tuned for more info regarding a release date.
*Promotional photos courtesy of Jean Molodetz. c. kerripowers.
FEATURE FILM "CHUCK" US Release on 5.5
Kerri's song, "Diamond Day" was co-written with Boston producer and songwriter Crit Harmon. The song has been placed in the new feature film, "Chuck" (aka The Bleeder), starring Liev Schreiber, Naomi Watts, Elisabeth Moss, and Jim Gaffigan. Directed by Phillippe Falardeau, the film portrays the life and times of boxer and the "real Rocky," Chuck Wepner. Check out the official trailer
kp FEATURED on CPTV (PBS) SERIES "AMPLIFY" 5.2
The musical segment will air on Tuesday, 5.2 @ 7:55 pm on CPTV/PBS! https://cptv.org/sharing-ct/
PUBLISHING AND SONG PLACEMENTS:
Kerri and good friend and co-writer Crit Harmon have placed "Diamond Day," aka "Lately" in the new feature film, THE BLEEDER. Directed by Philippe Falardeau and written by Jeff Feuerzeig and Jerry Stahl. The film stars Liev Schreiber, Naomi Watts, Elisabeth Moss, Jim Gaffigan, Michael Rapaport, Pooch Hall, Morgan Spector, Ron Perlman and Kelvin Hale. The film revolves around the life of the heavyweight boxer Chuck Wepner (played by Schreiber) and his 1975 fight with the heavyweight champion, Muhammad Ali (played by Hall). Principal photography began on October 26, 2015 in Suffern, New York. The film is scheduled to be released in the US in 2017.
Kerri has had the following songs placed in Fox Network's "Rescue Me," starring Denis Leary.
SWEET CRUSADE/Faith in the Shadows kerripowerssongs, BMI, Crittunes, ASCAP
FIREWORKS and CHEAP REPAIRS/Faith in the Shadows c. Kerripowerssongs, BMI, Crittunes, ASCAP
TENDERLY (vocal performance) /FOX NETWORK'S "JUSTIFIED," starring Timothy Olyphant
DIAMOND DAY c. Kerripowerssongs, BMI, Crittunes, ASCAP/THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS
DIAMOND DAY c. Kerripowerssongs, BMI, Crittunes, ASCAP/Feature Film, "CHUCK" (aka The Bleeder)
"OLD SHIRT" c. Kerripowerssongs, BMI, made several best of lists for 2014 and was the #1 song on the Folk Roots Radio charts. Kerri's self-titled album made several top album lists, including Best 5 albums to Hear in 2014/WUMB Radio, Top 5 Album list @ WWUH Radio, Top 10 Songs Tupelo Honey, KVLM, and many more! Not bad for a little local indie release, folks!