CARSON MCHONE

Psyko Steve Presents

CARSON MCHONE

DL MARBLE, BREA BURNS

Thu, June 20, 2019

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

The Rebel Lounge

Phoenix, AZ

$10.00 - $12.00

Tickets at the Door

This event is 21 and over

CARSON MCHONE
CARSON MCHONE
Years before Rolling Stone was praising Carson McHone's rule-breaking roots music, the Austin, Texas native played weeknights in local bars like The White Horse, keeping dancers dancing and drinkers drinking. With her 21st birthday still in the distance, McHone entertained late-night crowds bearing witness to the good times and bad decisions that fill a busy bar. It was a rare, raw education. She pumped her music full of details from an early adulthood spent in the company of the heartbroken and high-toleranced. In 2015, McHone released Goodluck Man which earned her a cover story in The Austin Chronicle as well as the support of local icons like Ray Wylie Hubbard, who said she "writes songs like her life depends on it." Then she hit the road, touring the U.S. (and beyond) with acts like Shakey Graves, Gary Clark, Jr., and Joe Pug. Her writing style widened and her music evolved.

“There was a time when I wanted to champion traditional country,” says McHone, “mostly because I wasn’t hearing it in what was being called ‘country’. I think a lot of roots influenced artists feel the need to defend tradition in this way. Today though, I want to do more with the form, push myself past where I understand it to be.”

Dark, driving and evocative, 2018's Carousel captures this period of remarkable growth, shining a light not only on McHone's honky-tonk roots, but on her development as a modern, alt-country storyteller. It features newly written songs and updated versions of tracks that first appeared on Goodluck Man, pushing traditional sounds and themes into a modern context.

Playing an instrumental role in the process was Mike McCarthy, the now Nashville based, award-winning producer behind albums for Spoon, Patty Griffin, and Heartless Bastards. McCarthy is well versed in country music but his work is definitely not defined by the genre, which made him the perfect candidate for McHone’s new record.

Carousel is a latter-day record inspired by diverse sources like Dylan, the Velvet Underground, and American novelist Thomas Wolfe, unconcerned with flying the flag of old-school country. It wears its eclecticism proudly, with McHone singing each song in a voice that is worldly-wise and woozily gorgeous.

Carousel kicks off with "Sad," a song about the fraught relationship one develops with darkness, but it’s a fast-moving, high-energy song driven forward by fiddle, electric guitar, and pedal steel. This track sets the stage for an album that tackles edgy subjects without losing its bright melodies. McHone creates her own rule book switching between tempos on "Lucky", offsetting the acoustic guitar of "Spider Song" with the medieval swell of a harmonium, and fills the piano ballad, "How 'Bout It," with a mix of torch-song twang and late-night, jazz-club melancholia. Originally recorded back in 2015 as a deep-cutting, slow-moving waltz, “Gentle” reappears on Carousel as an anthemic tribute to a love gone cold, with McHone exploring the tension between what we know and what we feel, then honoring a relationship’s fleeting existence rather than despairing it’s demise.

The lyrics are confessional and intensely autobiographical. On “Dram Shop Gal” - one of several Goodluck Man tracks to receive a modern makeover – McHone takes a hard look at the ways in which her worldview has been shaped (for better and for worse) by her many hours in a barroom.

“I was a kid when I landed those residencies,” she says of her days at The Hole in The Wall, where she began playing Friday happy hour as a 16-year-old, and The White Horse, where she eventually took over the coveted Thursday night residency. “I wasn’t even old enough to be in those bars and they became a home to me. It’s a dark thing when a bar becomes your home.”

McHone explains that Carousel embraces where she's come from and establishes where her musical interests are leading. “The art I’m making would be lacking if I were to stick to a specific genre. Carousel is more modern, which is where my interests lie these days, and where my writing is taking me. At the end of the day, it has to be the song that dictates.”

Growing up, McHone rode her horse bareback along the side streets of south Austin, weaving through traffic and empty parking lots to find space to "open up". For any motorist driving past, she must've been a wonderfully unusual sight to behold: a messy-haired young woman riding down the street, bridging the country and the city, the past and the present, the Wild West and modern Austin.

McHone’s 2018 release builds a similar bridge. Purposeful, pointed, and poignant, Carousel is a compelling ride.​
DL MARBLE
DL MARBLE
Like a backcountry crossroad, the songs and music of singer/songwriter D.L. Marble are a rich tapestry of uniquely American influences unlike that of any modern artist. Like many of the original country stars, D.L.’s music combines the best of several American genres.

With influences ranging from Robert Earl Keen, Ray Wiley Hubbard and Roger Clyne to Fleetwood Mac, Billy Joel and Jimmy Buffet, the D.L. Marble sound blends Country, Indie Americana, Rock and Blue-Eyed Soul with a heavy dose of vivid storytelling to create a rare sound that appeals across the demographic spectrum while simultaneously growing the loyalty of current fans.

The characters that populate his stories come from a background that is as raw as America itself. Raised by a single mom while his dad spent decades in a Texas prison, D.L. picked up a guitar while attending an Arizona high school and discovered his true calling.

After stints as a successful real estate agent, police officer and housing contractor, D.L. decided to fully commit to his calling. The result was a debut album title “Not the One” that was a critical success – earning an Album of the Year #22 ranking on the 2012 Americana Music Show and a #25 ranking on Alternate Roots Magazine’s 2012 Route 66 Americana Chart.

Following the album’s release, fans tuned into radio stations from Los Angeles to Brooklyn to hear D.L.’s music and his in-studio interviews. And they flocked to venues nationwide to see him perform. During the supporting tour and shows, D.L. and his band crisscrossed the country, in one stretch covering 38 states in 40 days.

He is as comfortable doing an acoustic set in a 50-seat tavern as he is in front of a 10,000 seat stadium, and has shared these various stages with many contemporary country and Americana artists including Joe Nichols, Craig Campbell, Gretchen Wilson, Montgomery Gentry, Clay Walker, Tracy Lawrence, Robert Earl Keen, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Turnpike Troubadours, Black Berry Smoke, Hayes Carll, Lukas Nelson and POR, David Allen Coe, Josh Abbott Band, John Evans Band, Roger Clyne and the Peace makers, States-burro Review, Band of Heathens, Stoney LaRue, Jason Boland, Cody Canada, Reckless Kelly, Micky and the Motor Cars and Aaron Watson among others.

D.L. is poised to release his sophomore album to an audience hungry for more real American music. And given the feedback, they won’t be disappointed because well-known industry insiders who have listened to pre-release tracks suggested this could be the breakout album of 2015.
Venue Information:
The Rebel Lounge
2303 E. Indian School Road
Phoenix, AZ, 85016
http://www.therebellounge.com/