Alex Berger, Sarah Peacock, Martin Rivas & Jesse Terry: Songwriter Round

 04 June
 The Listening Room Cafe
 217 2nd Ave S - 37201 - Nashville - United States
 Alex Berger
ONE NIGHT ONLY: JESSE TERRY Jesse Terry is an internationally touring, award-winning singer-songwriter whose intimacy with audiences, sincerity, and approachability has solidified him as a favorite at festivals and live venues nationwide. With three full-length albums, The Runner, Empty Seat On A Plane, and Stay Here With Me, this salt of the earth musician’s lyrical mastery, emotional depth, and soothing voice have often been compared to the likes of Ryan Adams, Jackson Browne, Josh Ritter, and James Taylor, reaching deep into listeners’ hearts to envelope them in shared joy, sadness, love, and unrelenting hope. The Grand Prize winner of The John Lennon Songwriting Contest and The CMT/NSAI Song Contest, he has garnered worldwide acclaim including the elite honor of performing for US and NATO troops stationed at Thule Air Base in Greenland, and an official endorsement by Stonebridge Guitars International. "His ability to craft memorable songs is complimented by his supreme ability to deliver them in a sometimes funny, sometimes gut wrenching, but always sincere and authentic manner,” praises Dave Dircks, host of the #1 Acoustic Podcast on iTunes, Acoustic Long Island. “At the core of it all, his personality – sunny naivety meets gritty wisdom – is what sets Jesse Terry apart…” Person by person, state by state, country by country, his fans, supporters, and colleagues have grown exponentially in the past few years, including at multiple gigs where he opened for major artists such as Darrell Scott, Paula Cole, Tony Lucca, Red Molly, Burton Cummings, Liz Longley, and founder of Jefferson Airplane, Marty Balin. “(He’s) a force to be reckoned with,” iconic DJ of NYC’s Rock & Roots Public Radio WFUV John Platt calls Jesse. “His well-crafted songs rank right there with Ryan Adams, Rhett Miller, and other masters of alt-country.” Tony Arata, renowned singer-songwriter and 2012 Inductee into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame lauded him by saying, “I have been a fan of Jesse Terry since the first time I heard him. He's a humble - and humbling - talent.” His original sound continually galvanizes national and global exposure, including recent placements on ABC’s Forever, the CW’s Hart of Dixie, Lufthansa Airlines, and PBS’ Roadtrip Nation, fueling the prospects of his future steadily ablaze, with long trails of accolades following in his wake. "... it's easy to imagine hearing his songs on the radio in between cuts by Bob Dylan, James Taylor, Jackson Browne and Joni Mitchell" - Jay Smith, SARAH PEACOCK Sarah Peacock is a country-rock powerhouse! Peacock delivers intensity and passion while her memorable melodies soar over heartfelt lyrics. And any die hard Peacock fan will tell you she is just as infectious off the stage as she is on it. Sarah Peacock’s song "Hurricane" won best song in the 2014 American Songwriting Awards. Her song, "Beautiful" was a winner in the 2014 International Unsigned Only Competition. Sarah was also named The Listening Room Network's Artist Of The Year, and she has recently received endorsements from Taylor Guitars and DR Strings. Peacock has recently gone on to win two international honors for her song, “Are We There Yet.” Sarah has been nominated for Best Female Artist in the 2015 International Acoustic Music Awards, and is a semi-finalist in the 2015 International Songwriting Competition. In June of 2014 she showcased at Nashville's CMA Fest and has recently wrapped up a brand new project with Nashville producer Ken Coomer. Her first single, “The Only Way Out” releases March 24, 2015 on iTunes. "We wanted to create something fresh, something not necessarily 'safe.' This project tells the story of me. It's honest, ballsy, tender, and in-your-face all at the same time. Country music needs a good strong woman, and we feel what we've done here is what's next. And that's something worth believing in." -Peacock First impressions of Nashville country-rock singer/songwriter and multi instrumentalist Sarah Peacock center around her distinctive, powerful “smoky” voice, as it was aptly described by renowned music journalist, Craig Havighurst, following a performance at the famed Music City Roots show. Albuquerque Sky (Feb, 2013) is the latest full-length studio release from Sarah Peacock. Peacock produced the entire album over 15 months, 70,000 miles, and 300 shows in various studios, homes, closets, cars, airplanes, and hotels across America in 46 different states. It was mixed and mastered in Nashville and has received critically acclaimed reviews. She released Live From The Red Clay Theatre in October 2013 with her band and continues to perform 250 dates a year worldwide. Her most notable performance last year was the CBS Morning Show in New York City (performing "Hurricane," a tribute song to Hurricane Sandy victims). “Sarah Peacock is the real deal. And, that’s a hard find these days. She’s got a rare and timeless talent with a craft that’s been honed for true longevity. Sarah’s voice exudes depth and soul beyond her years. Not only is she a talented performer and entertainer, she is a prolific and profoundly gifted songwriter. Get ready. Sarah Peacock is going to be a household name.” -Ken Coomer of Wilco (Producer/drummer) "The simple music that borders somewhere between country and folk combines with the honest, heartfelt, lyrics and that aspect is what will have listeners relating to each and every song as Peacock sings very real stories of life, love, and everything in between on Albuquerque Sky." - Jeff Kurtis (Today's Country Magazine) "Sarah Peacock has a voice that’s a force of nature. At times soft and nuanced and occasionally rafter-rattling powerful, Peacock sounds equally home at country or in pop. Peacock’s second studio album, Albuquerque Sky, gives the Georgia native a chance to genre-hop a bit, and her voice is more than up to the challenge." -Sam Gazdziak (Engine 145) MARTIN RIVAS Martin Rivas is bringing joy back to music. Blending disparate elements such as ’60s soul, improvised sonic experimentation, and garage rock with a distinctly modern folk edge to create a sound that is both instantly inviting and exceptionally deep, his songs practically smile at you from the speakers. Martin has released a total of six solo albums, and has shared the stage with a wildly varied palette of artists the likes of Jeff Tweedy of Wilco, Aimee Mann, Dar Williams, Rosanne Cash, Nicole Atkins, Gov’t Mule, Loudon Wainwright III, Garland Jeffreys, Marshall Crenshaw and many many more on stages in the United States, the UK, Ireland, and continental Europe. Martin’s latest album, Reliquary, features “Your Heart Will Be Broken Again,” the 2013 Independent Music Award Vox Populi winner for Best Adult-Contemporary Song. Fatherhood has introduced Martin to his greatest passion of all, and while he is savoring every possible second with his brand-new pal, he has taken a bit of a break from the recording/performing process. But his seventh album is percolating all the while, so keep your ears peeled. ALEX BERGER When Tom Waits judges an artist’s work as noteworthy, people sit up and take notice. This was exactly the case when Waits selected the title track from Alex Berger’s debut record, ‘Snow Globe’ as Best Story Song at the 10th Annual Independent Music Awards. It announced an engaging songwriter of emotion and maturity, with an earnest commitment to his craft. Aside from the awards, ‘Snow Globe’ was a Music Week ‘Key Release’ and an iTunes favourite on both sides of the Atlantic. Alex capitalized on this success by taking to the road and fully engaging with his audiences in the UK, Europe and US. He has played countless shows and co-written with highly-acclaimed talent including Amber Rubarth, Vienna Teng, Ari Hest, Jenny Owen Youngs among many others. From his childhood in London, to a songwriting career in Nashville, via a decade studying and performing in New York City, it is fair to say that Berger’s path has been one of the ‘less-traveled’ variety. As he prepares for the release of his next project, ‘Anticipate’, Alex continues to write daily with some of Nashville’s finest. Praise for Snow Globe: “Snow Globe is such a beautiful song” Paul Du Noyer, founding editor of MOJO/editor of Q “Snow Globe is stunning and very moving in every way!!” David Amram, world-renowned composer, conductor and musician

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