Songwriter Roundup with Katie Dobbins and Various Special Guests!
New England Music Award-winning Katie Dobbins draws from a palette of contemporary folk and new country to create a genre uniquely her own. With a mastery of storytelling and the heart of a poet, this soulful songstress captures elements of life and relationships in ways that lift the spirit and challenge the soul. Carolyn Kruse of Country 102.5 WKLB raved, "Sweet but bold, Katie's voice is reminiscent of one of her heroes, Jewel, but only deeper . . . a fearless spirit with a gentle touch." Tom Bianchi, Talent Buyer at Somerville's The Burren, voiced "with gorgeous harmony and song Katie lyrically weaves in stories of healing, growing and moving forward through the struggles of life." Dobbins' sophomore album, There Is Light, contains remarkably honest songs that capture seasons of both hardship and joy, but hold onto the hope that light will always illuminate and overpower darkness.
January 28th - Carissa Johnson, Linda Veins, Emily Grogan
Johnson is known for her straight-forward lyrics, driving melodies, and her band, the Cure-Alls, inimitable live energy. The band's “heartening anthemic rock” has proven to stand out amongst their contemporaries. In April of 2017 Johnson and the band won Boston's legendary annual Rock and Roll Rumble, and in December took home the New Act of the Year award at Boston's 30th Annual Music Awards at the House of Blues. Carissa Johnson continues to tour and play shows throughout the U.S. – (with or without the Cure-Alls) currently in promotion of her latest full-length release, "A Hundred Restless Thoughts" (December, 2019).
Linda Viens began playing music with the gift of a classical Mexican guitar from her Dad for her 12th birthday. Writing and playing folk songs were her everything. In college she got into punk rock. She played drums and sang in the punk band, Children of Paradise, went on to lead local roots rockers, Witch Doctor, sang cabaret with collaborator Catherine Coleman in Les Chanteuse Sorcieres, and formed the notorious funk orchestra Crown Electric Company with her ex-husband Wayne Viens in the mid-nineties. Linda was a founding member of Boston Rock Opera and has performed in many musical theater productions, including Sgt. Pepper, Jesus Christ Superstar, Abbey Road, Preservation, and Billion Dollar Babies vs. Aqualung. Linda has produced and recorded with some of Boston’s finest including Mark Sandman (Morphine), Asa Brebner (Modern Lovers), Tanya Donnelly (Throwing Muses), Jon Macey (Fox Pass), and released the album Powdered Pearls with Emily Grogan with their band, Angeline in 2006. Linda continues to work & record with Kingdom of Love which she co-founded with creative partner Richard Lamphear. Their debut EP, Ghosts is available at https://kingdomoflovemusic.com/ . Linda is also currently enjoying returning to her folk roots; both playing solo and getting together to sing harmonies with other local musicians.
From composing a song for a Sony movie to starring in the 13 episode prime time Canadian TV series “Rocker Moms” to being nominated for a Boston Music Award for best female vocalist to playing several instruments in several bands, Emily Grogan is a full spectrum musician. A classically trained pianist, punk rock drummer, reggae saxophonist and guitarist/singer songwriter, she’s performed both nationally and internationally and has written and released over 40 songs to critical acclaim. As the Boston Herald is quoted saying: “Emily Grogan may well turn out to be the next big thing out of Boston’s music scene…”