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Saturday, March 15 • 10:00pm - 10:30pm
Guy Forsyth

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Biography It’s been a long and dusty, winding road for Austin singer/songwriter Guy Forsyth that has lead to a recent surge in praise over his dazzling live shows and his rich Americana roots music. Forsyth (vocals, guitar, ukelele, harmonica and saw), Will Landin (bass/tuba) and Rob Hooper (drums/Cajon) draw from a unique mixture of musical influences like folk, rock, Vaudeville and Tin Pan Alley. You’ll hear energetic yarns about love, the government and the apocalypse, to name a few, as Forsyth and company squeeze everything they have into each song and rarely come up for air. As Forsyth's fans already know, he's a force to be reckoned with onstage. Whether he's channeling the spirit of Louis Armstrong in his vocals, blowing a bad-ass harmonica or strumming a guitar - or playing a saw - he's always full of passion. It's a passion that should be experienced live. Videos at Youtube Guy Forsyth "Don't Stand Still (Snakeboy's Lament)" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRk2-7AgBik Hot Nut Riveters http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L0HyOD1AbY8 2007 has been amazing year for Guy Forysth. He was a featured performed at: * Austin City Limits Festival * Tonderfest * High Sierra Fest And released his much anticipated double Live CD! Guy Forsyth has busked on the streets of New Orleans and played guitar atop a mountain in Nepal. He doesn't remember the first LP he bought, but he can name his first 78: Little Walter's "Blues with a Feeling," backed with "Quarter to Twelve." He calms his brand new baby with the sound of Tibetan prayer bowls ringing. He quotes Leonard Cohen in his e-mails. Since moving to Austin in 1990, he has recorded four solo albums. That's quite an accumulation of unique pursuits, special memories and fulfilled dreams. But another big goal – making the live album his audiences have been calling for – was left to simmer slowly on a back burner. Until now. Unrepentant Schizophrenic Americana is a two CD set that flips from "Tails," an anthology of songs from just-happened-to-be-recorded shows captured during the last few years, to "Heads" – recorded live at Austin's famed Antone's. As Forsyth's fans already know, he's a force to be reckoned with onstage, a pure showman who learned to work a crowd as a young actor. Whether he's channeling the spirit of Louis Armstrong in his vocals, blowing a bad-ass harmonica, guitar or saw solo, he's always full of passion. It's a passion that is best experienced live, but this is undoubtedly the next best thing. Americana, the follow-up to 2005's acclaimed Love Songs: For and Against, embraces a wide variety of musical idioms, and that's what makes it – and Forsyth himself – so intriguing. He absorbs it all, and then filters it down to its essence – what he calls its medicinal roots – where its' power lies. For Forsyth, that's really what music is all about – the power to communicate, to heal. "I love Tin Pan Alley music from the 1930s, when America was trying to escape the Depression," Forsyth says. "I love the playful music of the 1920s, where America returns from World War I with looser morals from Europe. I like the music from the '40s where America struggles from World War II and finds strength through sentimentality. Swing. I love the sound of Harlem of that period. Shackled not with chains but with economic boundaries. The music of the '50s, the big beat, the back beat, starts shaking loose the American pelvis. And the sound of Chicago, where sharecroppers moved North to find jobs and discovered the sound of electricity. And the wailing sound of Mississippi gets electrified. There're all these different things that have been going on. I don't want to limit my palette," he asserts. "I want to use my colors to take people in different directions." Listening to Delta blues players, he learned an important lesson. "The thing that's being transmitted is not in the notes, it's in the mojo," he explains. Being in the music biz, the founder and ex-member of the all-acoustic Asylum Street Spankers understands quite well how the world works. In fact, many of the cuts on U.S.A. were included because he underwent the classic label experience of signing away his rights to the original versions. Fans have been requesting songs he couldn't sell any other way. This time, there will be no ownership issues: Forsyth is releasing the album on his own Small and Nimble Records (not a bad name choice for a Tai Chi instructor, though he's not referring to his stature). Though he's not a native Texan, Forsyth's mother was a Houston debutante (her father was president of the University of Houston). His dad worked for an airline, so the family moved from Forsyth's Colorado birthplace to Kansas City, New York, Connecticut, a couple of California locales and back to Kansas City, where he first discovered the blues. He lasted for one semester at the University of Kansas before realizing the kind of music he wanted to study – earthy folk and gritty blues, "from a practical, hands-on, gears, joints and joists level" – couldn't be found in classrooms. So he hit the highway. By then, he'd adopted his parents' love of show tunes and Western songs (cowboy, not country), discovered "the immediacy and honesty" of punk rock and started playing harmonica. "The reason for a live record is that I'm way more of a live performer than I am a recording artist, because since 1990, I've been making a living playing music. I've traveled around the world making music, not recording music." That is, he's lived these songs, not simply stood in a sound booth and sung them to a wall of glass. "It's all medicinal," Forsyth says. "All of these songs provide something for me. Sometimes it's telling stories and sometimes it's the late-night voodoo drum sex ritual" – the elemental beat, the heartbeat, that defines our lives. "We're all connected, whether we know it or not," Forsyth adds, in one of his frequent philosophical moments. "As technology extends our reach and chops off our arms, if we don't connect and realize that we are all part of the same thing, we're going to destroy ourselves. Or at least destroy the part of ourselves that I love the most. Art is how we learn empathy, and empathy is what makes life enjoyable." Spoken like a man who plans to transmit that mojo everywhere he can – including a stage near you. Discography Unrepentant Schizophrenic Americana (2007) Love Songs: For and Against (2005) Voices Inside (2002) Steak (2000) Can You Live Without (1999) NeedleGun (1995) High Temperature (1994)

Saturday March 15, 2008 10:00pm - 10:30pm CDT
Antone's 213 W 5th St

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