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Thursday, March 13 • 9:00pm - 9:30pm
Greg Koons

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Greg Koons will release his first nationally promoted album, “Welcome to The Nowhere Motel”, in the fall of 2008 on Kealon Records. The record is being co-produced by Matt Keating and Adam Lasus (Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, PJ Harvey, Yo La Tengo) and recorded at Fireproof Studios in Los Angeles. Tracking has been completed and mixing/mastering is schedule for April/May 2008. Welcome to the Nowhere Motel epitomizes a labor of love and showcases Koons poignant and melodic songwriting. In collaboration with a slew of critically acclaimed musicians such as Jason Mercer on bass (Ani DiFranco, Ron Sexsmith), Jordan Richardson on drums (Oliver Future), and Kirk Swann on guitar (John Wesley Harding) among others, the result of this endeavor is an organic, folk album with pop sensibilities boasting beautifully constructed melodies, and providing an unforgettable look into the hearts and lives of the broken and the misbegotten. Welcome to the Nowhere Motel, clearly influenced by consummate artists from Steve Earle and Shane MacGowan, begins with the striking and heartfelt song, Nowhere to Them, Somewhere to Me and concludes with the punk influenced, Gentleman Prefer Blondes (But Drunks Like’em, Too) featuring the tremendous bass playing of Jason Mercer. The song, Los Angeles Looks Prettier on TV, is a triumphant and autobiographical song about disillusionment and hardship in the city of angels,. A Picture of My Pa before he Died in Vietnam, an intense and symphonious anthem, features the emotional drumming of Jordan Richardson. “Making this record has been the most exciting and meaningful experience of my life,” Koons explains. “I knew exactly what kind of album that I had to make. Kealon Records President, Brian Long, had this to say: “Greg has been on my radar screen for years. He is easily one of the best songwriters I have ever come across. I have finally had a chance to record him with the right producers and musicians. This record is powerful and I am excited and proud to release it for all to enjoy”. Koons adds, “ I was determined to write an album that was a reflection of the resilience that I saw in many people that I have met along the way in life, especially in the small towns of Pennsylvania. This is their album and above all and I hope the music reaffirms the fact that all people should be proud of who they are and where they come from; regardless of what they do for a living or what kind of shoes they have on their feet”.
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Thursday March 13, 2008 9:00pm - 9:30pm
Stephen F's Bar 701 Congress Ave

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