Ready, Fredericks: Miners Foundry welcomes ‘The Voice’ alum
KNOW & GO
WHAT: Miners Foundry Cultural Center presents Sawyer Fredericks
WHEN: Thursday, April 25, Doors 7:00 p.m., Show 8:00 p.m.
WHERE: Miners Foundry Cultural Center, 325 Spring Street, Nevada City
TICKETS: $25/Adv, $30/Door, $45/Meet & Greet, Advance sales close at 4:00 p.m. on April 25. Limited seating available. All seats general admission.
INFO: www.minersfoundry.org or call 530-265-5040
Nineteen-year-old singer-songwriter Sawyer Fredericks, hailing from his family’s farm in central New York State, is fast establishing himself as an authentic original, Americana artist with an old soul. His deep, beyond-his-years lyrics and melodies, raw, soulful vocals, and powerful live performances have attracted an ever-growing number of devoted fans of all ages, selling out shows throughout the United States.
As a folk/blues singer-songwriter, Fredericks seemed an unlikely match for reality TV, but quickly won over broad audiences with his genuine delivery and unique arrangements of classic songs, going on to win season eight of NBC’s “The Voice.”
Fresh from that whirlwind, Fredericks went forward with the release of his major label debut, “A Good Storm,” with Republic Records, a blend of soulful folk, blues, and rock, entirely written or co-written by Fredericks. His 2016 A Good Storm Tour included 62 shows across the country.
In 2018, Fredericks once again went independent, reclaiming full artistic control, creating an album entirely written by him, self-produced and self-released. The highly-anticipated “Hide Your Ghost” sheds the high gloss major label treatment and stays true to Frederick’s honest and elegantly stripped down style, a self-described “free range folk,” incorporating elements of blues, roots rock, and jazz with live instrumental arrangements throughout.
“I wanted this album to showcase my songwriting abilities,” explained Fredericks, calling from his family’s farm in central New York. “I feel like I’m finally planting my roots as an artist in who I am in my material.”
Considered one of the top ten Americana albums of 2018, Fredericks’ approach to songwriting has been praised by both critics and fans. John Apice of No Depression wrote, “Sawyer Fredericks bravely conjures his short stories with convincing words, sensitivity in his melodies, and he does it all with no posturing or grand standing. No soaring brass or grab you by the throat guitar solos, just soul-adhering messages of reality and nuances.”
Amy Biancolli of the Times Union added, “Sawyer Fredericks is a storyteller. In an age dominated by frothy pop-confessional hitmaking, Fredericks is bare bones and old school -— a throwback to the oldest folk traditions of singer as yarn-spinner, a ragged narrator of human spit and struggle.”
“I’m always writing,” said Fredericks. “I have a goal to write something whenever I’m playing guitar, which has become a bit of a problem. But I need to get these songs out.”
Fredericks along with his band mates – bassist Art Fredericks, drummer Chris Thomas and guitarist Jerome Goosman – will take to the stage at the Miners Foundry Cultural Center on Thursday, April 25. It will be his third time performing in Nevada County.
Opening up the show is the Seattle based quartet Wolfchild. Founded in 2015 the band has garnered favorable comparisons to songwriters such as Sufjan Stevens, Conor Oberst, Thom Yorke, and Regina Spektor. Wolfchild songs are lush and cinematic, rich with ethereal five piece vocal harmonies, skyward horn punches, percussion, and deft folk-rock guitar playing. Lyrically, the quartet offers forth poetic tales of yearning and redemption.
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