Jamie Kent Unplugged

Hawks & Reed Presents

Jamie Kent Unplugged

Mikey Sweet

Fri · August 31, 2018

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

advance: $20 standing, $25 seated - day of show: $25 standing, $30 seated

Country rock singer-songwriter Jamie Kent was named the 2016 Durango / American Songwriter Sole Performer and called an “Artist You Need To Know” by Rollingstone.com and a "rising country star" by Fox & Friends. Drawing on influences from modern country rock artists like Jason Isbell and Will Hoge, as well as paying tribute to classic greats like Bob Dylan and Tom Petty, Kent’s perfectly mellifluous tunes are roll-the-windows-down, soak-up-some-sun kind of good.

Jamie Kent
Jamie Kent
Named the 2016 Durango / American Songwriter Sole Performer, artist Jamie Kent’s future as a performer looks quite promising. Drawing on influences from modern rock artists like Jason Isbell and Kings of Leon as well as paying tribute to classic greats like Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty, Kent’s perfectly mellifluous tunes are roll-the-windows-down, soak-up-some-sun kind of good. Kent has no fear of hard work, playing over 200 shows a year including tours with Huey Lewis & The News, The Doobie Bros, America, Foreigner, The Wood Brothers, Marc Broussard, Ellis Paul, and multiple showcases at the South By Southwest Music Festival. Kent is supported by The Collective, an amazing grassroots group of fans who help advise and fund his career in exchange for access to exclusive music, merchandise, and vote in the major decisions he makes. He's officially endorsed by BOSE and Telefunken Microphones, and his song "Changes" was used by The Boston Red Sox this past season. Additionally, he's a multi recipient of ASCAP Plus awards for his songwriting, receives radio play on SiriusXM, and is frequently featured on RollingStone.com. Currently Kent is hard at work in Nashville finishing up a new record with Grammy nominated Producer Dave Brainard (Brandy Clark, Jerrod Neimann) to be released on Road Dog Records in 2016.
Mikey Sweet
Mikey Sweet
With a sound characterized by deft guitar picking and a raw, haunting voice, Northampton, MA-based singer-songwriter Mikey Sweet connects with listeners' hearts through the simple universal power of song. With a sound described as song-centric folk-Americana, Sweet writes in the tradition of American storytelling shaped by such legends as Prine, Towns Van Zandt and Springsteen. Revealing a vulnerability rarely seen on stage, Sweet weaves themes of hope and redemption through the apocalyptic backdrop of his songs like a silk thread, evoking an emotional intensity that cannot help but affect the listener.

Self-described as a "haunting fingerprint a young lost traveler of the American landscape," Sweet's personal history informs all of his song writing. His cryptic lyrics pay autobiographic homage to the duality between the freedom and the isolation inherent in the transient life (although none of these songs are about him, as he's known to say with a smirk). The confessional quality of Sweet's poetry brings fresh nuance to the ancient art of storytelling as the troubled troubadour conjures images of the less than romantic edge of the road dog life. Says Deb Hebert of Blue Bird Reviews, "Most compellingÅ[is Sweet's] skill for translating matters of the heart in such a way the lesson learned is universal, a trait that parallels some of our generations greatest storytellers in Springsteen, Hiatt and Browne."
Venue Information:
Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center
289 Main St
Greenfield, MA, 01301
https://www.hawksandreed.com/