The Columbus Songwriter Sessions
Friday, May 17th @ 10:30pm
Friday, May 17th @ 10:30pm
General Admission • $20.00
Schedule of Events
10:30p – Doors Open
10:45p – Tim Easton & Megan Palmer (Performing as “Out Of Our Tree”)
12:00a – Billy Zenn
1:00a – Joshua P. James
Joshua P. James
Joshua P. James began as a reluctant participant in music performance. He didn’t pick up a guitar until 21 and didn’t share his first song with the public until many years later. Luckily, for that first show at Columbus’ The Treehouse (now The Treebar), the right people were there to encourage him to do it again. In the years since he has self-released a collection of solo recordings and a full length debut backed by The Paper Planes titled “Please, Please” that garnered radio play on 140 stations nationwide and made several end-of-the-year Best Album Lists for 2012. As a solo act and part of The Paper Planes, James has toured to both coasts playing hundreds of shows in 30+ cities with appearances at Willie Nelson’s Country Throwdown, Midpoint Music Festival, The Lehigh Valley’s Musikfest, Independent’s Day and Columbus’ Comfest, among others. His lyric centric tunes are imbued with influences from the dawn of Rock N Roll when folk, country and blues were coming together to establish a new wave of popular music.
“Joshua P. James has an original style of songwriting that makes every word seem perfectly selected and important, and he’s able to paint pictures in such a simple yet poetic way. It’s true talent. It’s not something that anyone can do with a chorus and a rhyming dictionary, that’s for sure.” – The HOT 17
Somewhere in the Midwest, a transistor radio plays; Aretha and Otis testify to Don and Phil; Orbison soars, Mr. Charles wails and Dylan rolls on down Highway 61. Out in the garage, soft curses at a temperamental old Fairlane mix with Cash, Williams, and that high, lonesome Stanley cry. It’s the big beat, the lover’s lament and the tears of a clown.
Billy Zenn grew up there, and the music stayed with him. Through a haze of beer lights and smoke, bands and bars, miles and years, the music has remained. Call it the blues, call it country, call it R & B or plain old rock & roll, it comes down to the same thing: American music.
With a voice as strong as his experience is deep, and songs that resonate across time and place, Billy Zenn is a performer who means what he says, and delivers it—every time. Steadfastly clinging to his roots in the rich, dark soul of America, Billy kicks the tried and true into the 21st century and brings it back home, fresh and new.
Based in Columbus, Ohio—where he hosts weekly Open Mics at both The Shrunken Head and King Avenue 5—Billy performs and records regularly, as he has done throughout a career spanning nearly three decades. Recently, Billy has begun producing CD’s for other artists. His first, “Never Lost” by Grace Adele, was released in 2006, and a 7 song EP by Craig James, “Songs from the killing floor” is set to drop in April of 2013.
Out of Our Tree
Tim Easton was born within a stones throw of the Niagara River in upstate New York. He grew up in Akron, Ohio and performed his first shows in Columbus while attending Ohio State. After school he traveled the world playing on the streets all over Europe before returning Stateside to make records and then continue traveling and performing with his friends and heroes. The music was American, the sounds were based in blues and folk, but addressed the future as well.
This Shadowbox performance sees him teaming up with another former Columbus resident Ms. Megan Palmer. Both Easton and Palmer currently live in Nashville, TN where they’ve been writing songs together and participating in the vibrant scene in Music City. They have begun performing under the band name OUT OF OUR TREE.
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