Posted by boston.com October 22, 2013 10:00 AM
The following was submitted by the Me & Thee Coffeehouse:
On Friday, November 8, the me & thee features two solo acts. Griffin House is a young Nashville-based artist whose openly emotional singing, poetic lyrics and spiraling melodies recall Jackson Browne circa his classic album, Late for the Sky. Clarence Bucaro, sometimes described as “the roots offspring of Jackson Browne and Rickie Lee Jones" opens the show. Doors open at 7:30 PM for this 8:00 PM show. The me & thee coffeehouse is located at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead at 28 Mugford Street.
Griffin House was born and raised in Springfield, Ohio. He picked up the guitar when he was 18, started writing songs right away, and within a couple years started making records and performing live. In August 2004, House was featured on the CBS Sunday Morning show, music journalist Bill Flanagan (MTV/VH1) raved about Lost and Found (House's first nationally released record), putting the newcomer on his short list of the best emerging songwriters in the U.S. “I bought House’s CD after a show in New York City,” said Flanagan, “and this never happens: I took it home and must have listened to it 20 times that weekend. I was knocked out.” Several self-released albums followed, and in 2008 House released Flying Upside Down, produced by Jeff Trott and featuring Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench from Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers. House has toured extensively, opening for the Cranberries, Josh Ritter, John Mellencamp, Ron Sexsmith, Patti Scialfa, Mat Kearney, and many more. Boston area fans will enjoy House’s latest album, Balls, which opens with a song called “Fenway” – a song about a guy who reflects on his life while sitting in the cheap seats. These days House tours the United States both solo-acoustic and with a band headlining his own shows.
Over six albums the prolific, honey-voiced Brooklyn, NY singer-songwriter Clarence Bucaro has crafted an impressive canon of uplifting Americana, garnering comparisons to Jackson Browne and Van Morrison. His new album “Dreaming From the Heart of New York” is a stripped down, back to the basics collection of songs about life, love, family and relationships. Featuring intimate lyrics and bare acoustic guitar picking Bucaro reflects on his arrival to New York City and raising children there on the standout title track as well as pondering the nature and meaning of love in the raw “Don’t Know Much About Love.” Other high points include the heartbroken homesick “Curtis Mayfield” and the beautiful “Summer Rain.” The songwriter built his career on a robust 300-shows-per-year schedule sharing stages with such diverse and established artists as Aaron Neville, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Chrissie Hynde and the Pretenders, North Mississippi Allstars, and Fountains of Wayne. Born in Cleveland, Ohio Clarence left his hometown for New Orleans to follow his mentor, the Crescent City music icon Anders Osborne. From New Orleans he moved to LA before settling in Brooklyn. The stories in these journeys are documented from early critically acclaimed albums like his Anders Osborne-produced debut Sweet Corn and his Rounder Records sophomore album Sense Of Light to the National Geographic featured Walls Of The World. His musical journey has sought to capture the human condition in the folk-storytelling heritage with a panoramic view of humanity and love as captured on Dreaming From the Heart of New York.
Tickets for the performance by Griffin House with Clarence Bucaro opening are $20 in advance and $23 at the door. Tickets are available online at www.meandthee.org and can be purchased in person at the Spirit of ’76 Bookstore or the Arnould Gallery in Marblehead. The Landing Restaurant at 81 Front Street, Marblehead offers a 10% discount on dinner if you show your ticket or receipt. Enjoy a meal before the show! As at all me & thee coffeehouse events, refreshments are available, including homemade pastries, coffee, and teas. The me & thee has a handicapped-accessible entrance and an accessible bathroom, is a smoke-free environment, and is easily reached by MBTA bus.
The me & thee is one of the oldest continually running acoustic coffeehouses in New England, and probably the country. It has been and will always be a volunteer, non-profit organization sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead. For information and directions, call 781-631-8987 or check the website at www.meandthee.org.
Next concert: November 15, 2013 – Annalivia and the Honey Dewdrops
CALENDAR/PSA: Friday, November 8, 2013 Griffin House with Clarence Bucaro opening at the me & thee. Tickets are $20 in advance and $23 at the door. The coffeehouse is located at the Unitarian Universalist Church at 28 Mugford Street, Marblehead and starts at 8 p.m. Call 781-631-8987 or go to www.meandthee.org for information and directions.