SPRINGVILLE—Every songwriter has a story to tell, and four distinct regional voices will tell their stories at a Songwriter Showcase at Springville Center for the Art’s on Saturday, March 4. Nelson Starr, Grace Stumberg, Chris Squier and Nick Kody will perform “in the round.” Each will share the inspiration behind the writing process and then perform their song.
Starr came to the attention of Western New York with the grungy, progressive-leaning rock group, The Tails, in the early 90s. Concurrently, he worked the in the area as a jazz pianist, private lesson instructor and all around musician’s musician. After a Tails breakup, Starr refocused on composition, production and earning a living with music. With a short stint touring as bassist for the 10,000 Maniacs, doing recording sessions and gigs in New York City with up-and-coming indies and compositions for film and TV, Starr forged new ground within and beyond the rock world. This culminated in jazz performances at Lincoln Center, scores for national TV shows, rock tours throughout Canada and the US and induction into the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame in 2006.
Stumberg is a singer/songwriter based out of Buffalo, whose style can be described as indie folk with a very percussive style of guitar playing. Stumberg serves as backup singer for folk legend Joan Baez and has traveled the world sharing the stage with artists such as the Indigo Girls, Robert Plant, Josh Ritter and more. She has been mentioned in Rolling Stone Magazine recognizing her performance at the Beacon Theatre for Baez’s 75th birthday party.
Squier‘s music is a lot like a favorite pair of old jeans: Beat-up, torn and perfectly lived-in. His songs, a warm blend of early Rod Stewart with tinges of CSNY, folk and Americana, appeal to those who’ve lived a bit and could share a few stories. Squier has opened for artists such as Jakob Dylan (Wallflowers), Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes and Brett Michaels. His latest EP Flowers Beneath the Ashes is currently in rotation in 30 radio stations across the US and Europe.
Kody and his brand of deep-fried, American rock and roll has opened for Brett Michaels, Eric Church, Stolen Rhodes and Heather Luttrell. He currently tours the country with the Creek Road Band or as a solo acoustic artist. Kody’s latest record, The Sonic Farm Sessions was released in the fall of 2016.
The performance begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 presale, $12 at the door and are available online at SpringvilleArts.org or by calling Springville Center for the Arts at 592-9038. The Mongerson Theater is located at Springville Center for the Arts, 37 N. Buffalo Street, Springville.