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4th Annual Cabin Fever Festival with Freakwater and more

The weather is getting cold, so we are giving you an excuse to escape staying inside with the 4th annual Cabin Fever Festival! A full night of great music headlined by Freakwater (Thrill Jockey Records), Cotton Jones (Cumberland, Maryland), Tim Easton (Nashville via Ohio), and Dolfish (Cleveland), and more. Besides a great night of music the evening including a record sale.music swap meet and poster sale starting at 3:00pm with music starting upstairs at 6:00pm.

Freakwater will be embarking on a tour January 2013, their first in four years. Freakwater was formed by Janet Bean and Catherine Irwin in 1989 and has been innovating and reinvigorating alt-country ever since. Following two records on Amoeba Records, the duo signed to Thrill Jockey in 1993 for the seminal Feels Like the Third Time, which was reissued on vinyl for Record Store Day 2012. The record opens with ”My Old Drunk Friend,” perhaps the greatest song Hank Williams never wrote and features seven originals and five covers of songs by the likes of Conway Twitty, Woody Guthrie and Nick Lowe. 1995’s Old Paint showed the group’s songwriting coming into its own, and was their most critically acclaimed album to date. 1998’s Springtime saw the addition of Wilco's Max Konrad Johnston to the group, and features some of the band’s most heartbreaking and beautiful songs, including the now classic “Louisville Lip.” The group expanded their sound on End Time, adding drum kit, organ, and even strings on several songs. The early aughts saw Bean and Irwin each releasing solo albums, Dragging Wonder Lake and Cut Yourself a Switch respectively. Both records showed each musician exploring different facets of the sound cultivated in Freakwater: Irwin a stripped down, Appalachian vision of folk music, and Bean an artfully crafted, cosmopolitan type of pop. In 2005 the group released Thinking of You, a collaboration with members of fellow Thrill Jockey group Califone. After a long silence, Irwin finally released her second solo release, Little Heater in September of 2012, which Oxford American said, “will leave you aching for a broken heart so you too can sing wrenching songs about love and loss.” 

The music of Cotton Jones speaks of transition: the passage from one form, state of mind, style or place to another. Songs become doorways to the past, or windows that open on some unnamed future, where innocence can still exist and perfection is thrown to the wind. “Tall Hours in the Glowstream,’” is the title of their new album. Some of the songs that made the final cut were tracked in northern States, while the majority were recorded and mixed in Winterville, Georgia, as a revolving cast of players, thinkers, and singers were invited to hang in the band’s living-room studio.The resulting sounds are both rich and charmingly lo-fi, full of vivid imagery and more gorgeous vocal harmony. Hard-asking tracks like “Somehow To Keep It Going” and “More Songs For Margaret” prove the promise in this music, the feeling of something better to come if only you can hold tight a little longer…”Always the mornings keep coming…” And what a beautiful thing that is

Critically acclaimed songwriter Tim Easton has made some changes in 2012. He moved his family and three dogs from their home in Joshua Tree, CA to Nashville, TN. They arrived on Christmas Day. Easton says that the reasons for the move are "primarily because of my daughter Ellington, plus I've made a few records in Nashville and I've always wanted to live here. We have a place on the East side and I have a basement studio, just like a lot of my neighbors. Mine is called "Ellington Speedway." From his Ohio roots through stretches in Paris, Prague, NYC, L.A. and Athens, GA, Easton has earned his credentials with a string of highly acclaimed releases and incessant, worldwide touring. With eight solo releases under his belt Tim Easton has shared stages in North America, Europe, and Japan with artists/influences Lucinda Williams, John Hiatt, Glenn Hansard, M. Ward and more. Last year, Easton released two records, "Beat The Band" was recorded by Jesse Newport at Club Roar in Nashville with a full band (Freelan Barons), and solo acoustic "Since 1966," was made by the fireside in his front yard in Joshua Tree. Both were self-released on his label, Campfire Propaganda. Proper Records released "Beat The Band" to UK and European markets in the fall of 2011, and "Since 1966" in March 2012. Tim will team up with former label New West for a release this Fall, "Before The Revolution: The Best of Tim Easton 1998-2011." Meanwhile, Tim is in pre-production for a brand new Tim Easton record in Spring 2013. 

Dolfish is the moniker of 23 year-old Cleveland born songwriter, Max Sollisch. His debut EP, Your Love is Bummin’ Me Out was released on vinyl last December by Minneapolis based Afternoon Records (home to Pomegranates, John Vanderslice and The Poison Control Center) and met with great praise by taste-makers My Old Kentucky Blog, Daytrotter.com and You Ain’t No Picasso among others. Your Love is Bummin’ Me Out‘s lyrical wit and lo-fi production gained comparisons to folk heroes Daniel Johnston, John Darnielle and Neil Young while it’s concise songwriting (5 songs in 8 minutes) yielded comparisons to Ohio-based rockers, Guided By Voices and Times New Viking. For the first proper Dolfish LP, Sollisch enlisted like-minded label-mate Patrick Tape Fleming (The Poison Control Center) to produce the album in the living room of a friend’s apartment in downtown Des Moines, Iowa. Recorded and mixed to 1/2” tape in just 5 days, I’d Rather Disappear Than Stay the Same features a backing band of all Iowa musicians whom Max had only met upon arriving in Des Moines to record. Tracked live with little overdubbing, these 12 songs were rarely rehearsed more than a hand full of times by the all-Iowa, all-star backing band giving the record a spontaneity and rawness rarely achieved on a studio album.

TICKETS ON SALE NOW: General Admission $15 advance • $18 door

MORE INFO AT:  thrilljockey.com/thrill/Freakwater/ or cottonjones.com