An Americana singer, songwriter and fiddler with foundations in jazz and swing, Phoebe Hunt will bring her group The Gatherers to The Palms Playhouse (13 Main St., Winters) on Friday, June 8. The show will start at 8 p.m.
Hunt takes seemingly disparate elements and pulls them together into a kaleidoscope of lush sounds and rhythmic patterns. The result is music that swells, crashes and breathes organically under Hunt’s soulful, plaintive voice. Sounds of Americana and Texas-tinged swing are woven with exotic rhythmic concepts culled from Hunt’s time in India.
Hunt’s most recent album, “Shanti’s Shadow,” is her fourth release and marks an arrival for Hunt, whose artistic and personal journey has deep storylines and draws on musical and personal roots in Austin, Brooklyn, Music Row and India.
The songs on “Shanti’s Shadow” are brought to life by the young musicians Hunt has gathered, each a virtuoso in his own right. The Gatherers are Dominick Leslie (mandolin, harmony vocals), Roy Williams (guitar, harmony vocals), Jared Engle (upright bass), Sam Reider (accordion/keys) and Nick Falk (percussion).
Prior to recording this album, the entire band traveled to India to study at an ashram outside of Pune with master violinist Kala Ramnath. In India, they practiced music, meditation and philosophy – sometimes playing music 10 hours a day. This intense, experiential study is apparent in the musical play and improvisation on the album.
Hunt, who toured with Ben Sollee for a year before making her new album, has won recent accolades from Rolling Stone, which featured her as one of “10 New Country Artists You Need to Know”, and NPR, which highlighted her music in “Heavy Rotation: 10 Songs Public Radio Can’t Stop Playing.”
Since the release of “Shanti’s Shadow,” Hunt has delivered a TEDx talk, “Sing Your Pain Away: Songs Written with War Veterans,” based on her experience as part of Soldier Songs and Voices, a non-profit program that unites war veterans in songwriting circles to use the therapeutic properties of music for healing and transformation. This spring, she released the single, “Marching On.”
Tickets for Phoebe Hunt & The Gatherers’ Friday, June 8 show at The Palms Playhouse (13 Main Street in Winters) are $18 and are available at Pacific Ace Hardware in Winters, Armadillo Music in Davis and Davids’ Broken Note in Woodland, online via The Palms’ website and Eventbrite, and at the door if not sold out.
For more information, visit palmsplayhouse.com and phoebehuntmusic.com/the-gatherers.