LAVA Music presents Ernest Troost and Robyn Landis in Concert
Two award-winning singer/songwriters, Ernest Troost and Robyn Landis will team up for a very special double feature in the beautiful Abounding Grace Sanctuary. Robyn Landis is a gifted wordsmith whose literacy and love of words dates back to early childhood. A published poet and grade-school spelling bee champ, she wrote two widely-read books on nutrition while still in her 20s. Her passion for music and storytelling also led her to study voice and theater acting, and she played leading roles in community theater musicals for nearly a decade. When she picked up the guitar and focused full attention to marrying her musical and writing gifts, recognition came quickly. She has won over 50 awards for her songwriting since 2005, including first place in the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival Songwriting Contest and Grand Prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. A six-time Tucson Folk Festival song contest finalist, Robyn first visited Tucson in 2005 to perform at TFF with her Americana duo. Two years later she went solo, and her CD "Many Moons" was released in 2009. Showcasing pure, intimate vocals and warm folk-pop-Americana melodies, Many Moons was one of the most-played records on folk radio that year. With no publicist or special promotion, "Many Moons" was a favorite of more than 70 DJ's across the nation, reaching #16 on the folk-dj charts. The album also earned Robyn a prestigious Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist showcase, and numerous other songwriting honors. Ernest Troost returns to Abounding Grace to co-feature with Robyn. Ernest is an Emmy award-winning film and television composer and a recipient of the prestigious Kerrville New Folk award for his songwriting. His evocative style combines folk and Piedmont-blues-style guitar-picking with timeless stories and colorful character portrayals drawn from the American past and present. His three albums of original songs have been described as what would happen if the Carter Family, Robbie Robertson, and Alfred Hitchcock wrote songs together. They’ve been a hit with critics and fans alike: "Troost's style and subject matter recall Dylan, Dave Alvin, and (especially for his concentration on life's darker side) Richard Thompson--enviable company indeed. Such comparisons are not lightly made: Every song here is a keeper." --Tom Hyslop, Blues Revue Magazine. "Ernest, playing in his infectious Piedmont-blues style, has phenomenal guitar chops. His voice is uniquely his own, and free of affectation. His melodies are inventive and original, and his lyrics, though deep, are in a straightforward, everyday vernacular. His songs are filled with almost cinematically described characters, so vivid they linger long after the songs end. Humble on stage and off, Ernest is the whole package."--Steve Dulson, The Living Traditions Concert Series, President of Far-West Folk Alliance. Ernest’s newest album, “Ernest Troost Live at McCabe’s,” recorded at the legendary California folk venue on January 8, 2011, captures an evening of Ernest’s songs that slowly builds from solo performance to full band. Seven new songs are premiered on this stunning stereo recording, about which Jackie Morris of THE BARD CHORD said, “Mixing traditional country blues and ragtime influences with spell-binding lyrics, Ernest Troostʼs new album, “Ernest Troost Live at McCabe's" takes the art of the story-song to new heights. I have to confess: I had heard of Ernest Troost, but I had never actually heard him play until Friday, July 15th, at the Camarillo Café. It might have been my first time, but it certainly will not be my last! His talent, both as a guitarist and a lyricist, is extraordinary, drawing easy comparisons to Bob Dylan, Chris Smither, Danny Schmidt and Steve Earle.” Ernest performed at Abounding Grace in November of 2010 and later shared a preview of a wonderful song off of his new album. Click here to listen to "The Last to Leave". Ernest will return to Abounding Grace for a special show with Robyn Landis on January 21, 2012. Ernest Troost and Robyn Landis will perform at Abounding Grace Sanctuary, 2450 S. Kolb, just north of Golf Links on the west side of Kolb from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Advance tickets are $15 on Brown Paper Tickets, all fees included. Admission is $20 cash at the door. Details at www.lavamusic.org.
Abounding Grace Sanctuary
2450 S Kolb Rd, Tucson, AZ 85710