Eric Brace and Karl Straub Premiere Their Gold Rush Folk-Opera, Sat. Nov. 2, Featuring Kelly Willis, Tim O’Brien, Brian Wright, Andrea Zonn, and Many More
A Tale of the California Gold Rush
3rd & Lindsley
$10 General Admission
$20 Reserved Seating (Limited tickets available!)
We here at Red Beet Records are proud to announce the premiere of Hangtown Dancehall, a musical set in the California Gold Rush that features many of the finest performers in Americana music.
Ten years in the making, Hangtown Dancehall sprang from the imagination of Eric Brace, and was brought to life by Eric and his collaborator, Karl Straub.
On Saturday, Nov. 2, at Nashville's 3rd & Lindsley nightclub, Hangtown Dancehall will have its world premiere. That night, Brace and Straub will front a eleven-piece band, and guide seven singers through this tale of love and gold, life and death, food and whiskey, and some two-stepping.
Joining Eric and Karl on stage to sing that night are Austin alt-country chanteuse Kelly Willis; the great Tim O’Brien; James Taylor band member Andrea Zonn; East Nashville’s fine country singer Jon Byrd; and Eric’s duo partner and stellar singer-songwriter Peter Cooper. The band will consist of Zonn, Dave Roe, Pat McInerney, Fats Kaplin, Thomm Jutz, Jimmy Wallace, Ben Simonetti, Scotty Huff, Emily Nelson, Emily Kohavi, and Austin Hoke. There will also be narration from actor Mike Parker.
Perhaps you’ve heard the 19th century folk song “Sweet Betsy From Pike.” Eric heard it as a boy growing up in the heart of the Mother Lode, Placerville, California. Its fourteen verses tell the tale of Betsy and Ike leaving Pike County, Missouri, to find their fortune in the gold fields in 1852. With Hangtown Dancehall, Eric and Karl tell the continuing story of Betsy and Ike.
Eric Brace is a Grammy-nominated producer (for I Love: Tom T. Hall's Songs of Fox Hollow) and the founder of Red Beet Records. He has released nine records with his band Last Train Home, and three duo albums with Peter Cooper. Eric has been a fan of Washington D.C. singer-songwriter-bandleader Karl Straub for years, recording several of Karl’s tunes with Last Train Home and with Peter Cooper. Almost ten years ago, when Eric was just getting started on Hangtown Dancehall, he asked Karl to bring his singular tunesmithery to bear on this tangled tale of love lost and regained. (You can find more about Karl’s many musical endeavors at www.karlstraubmusic.com.)
The CD of Hangtown Dancehall, which will be for sale at the Nov. 2 show, includes several performers who won't be heard the night of the show because of scheduling conflicts: Darrell Scott, Jason Ringenberg, and Wesley Stace (a.k.a. John Wesley Harding). The official release of the CD will not be until January, 2014, so if you want your very own copy before then, you'll have to make your way to 3rd & Lindsley on Nov. 2.