Join us on the fourth Wednesday of each month for a songwriters round and a chance to get up close and personal with some of Michigan’s best songwriters…
At the same time overwhelmingly powerful and impossibly delicate, Amy Petty’s voice is haunting and unforgettable.
Her signature sound is on full display in her latest album, The Darkness of Birds. Sailing between lullaby and seduction, pleading and rebuke, her songs play out like short films, thoughtful and unconventional yet somehow familiar. Co-produced by Petty and multi-instrumentalist and engineer Andy Reed, The Darkness of Birds is sonically lush and expansive, ornamented with warm guitar tones, eclectic percussion, and hazy ethereal background vocals. The record’s broad palette offers new discoveries on repeat listens, but never takes focus away from the bones of the songs. The result is a mesmerizing, compelling and original sonic experience.
A veteran performer, Amy has appeared at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, Club Passim in Cambridge MA, The Bitter End in NYC, Uncommon Ground in Chicago IL and Berklee College of Music, among others. She has shared the main stage with artists like Sarah McLachlan, Jewel, Suzanne Vega and Steve Van Zandt.
Chris DuPont is a Michigan native tunesmith, endlessly reimagining the indie/folk paradigm. With an unmistakable ethereal tenor, diverse guitar work, and a taste for the cinematic, DuPont steers the classic eloquence and lyricism of 70’s folk/Americana into the iridescent haze of dream pop.
The unassuming vulnerability and intense presence of DuPont’s live performances have grown a dedicated following in the midwest and beyond, cementing him as a staple figure in Michigan’s Americana scene. After years refining his craft through touring on his albums Outlier (hailed by music critics as a “life affirming devastator”) and Live in A2 (an award-winning love letter to Southeast Michigan), Chris returned to the writing table to create his most captivating and unflinching work to date.
Floodplains is a sonic exploration of dream-state, lineage, personal upheaval, and re-grounding. DuPont’s dizzying guitar work and haunting voice are enveloped in a dense and lush soundscape, born of an explorative collaboration with co-producer Nick Gunty of the rising star Americana duo Frances Luke Accord. DuPont’s familiar chamber-pop roots find themselves augmented by mournful electric guitars, drum machines, samplers, and heavy vocal arrangements. This sonic blossoming is fitting, as the 11 tracks of Floodplains see DuPont veering even further into unapologetically personal lyrical material.
During autumn 2020, to anticipate the LP, Chris released the album’s lead single (and opening track) Retrieve (featuring Detroit’s rising star pop artist Olivia Dear), followed by a 3-song teaser EP entitled Sandpaper Hymn. This EP featured the beat-laden Start Again (featuring up-and-coming vocalist Rin Tarsy), heart-rending title track Sandpaper Hymn (also featuring Tarsy), and 80’s tinged rock ballad I Took a Vow of Silence, offering a taste of the sonic breadth of DuPont’s latest offering.
Floodplains and the pre-release singles feature stunning visual art work from Emilee Petersmark, perhaps best known as one of the frontwomen of one of Michigan’s favorite indie bands, the Crane Wives. Her work conjures juxtaposing echoes of graphic novel imagery and religious iconography, perfect for the tense and oft paradoxical content of DuPont’s new body of songs.
Chris was a top ten finalist in the 2013 Rocky Mountain Folks Fest songwriter competition, and a first place winner at Eddie’s Attic songwriter night in April 2016. He has shared stages with a host of Midwest acts, as well as national acts Theo Katzman, Erin Zindle & The Ragbirds, Peter Mulvey, Edwin McCain, Brendan James, Needtobreathe, and Lucius. He is endorsed by Godin guitars and LR Baggs amplification.
Jacki Daniels is a singer/songwriter from metro Detroit. She stays busy touring with Alan Turner and the Steel Horse band as backup singer, hosting her own live music show called “The Jacki Daniels Show,” and working part time in school social work and adoptions. Jacki has released two singles and plans to release more original music this year. You can listen to her singles “Yellow Roses” and “Mr. Red Flags” on any streaming platform.
Lyric-driven, simple folk songs are what singer-songwriter Mike Ward produces. Currently living in Detroit, Mike grew up listening to the Irish music of the Clancy Brothers and singing in church choirs. His influences are the likes of Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, Jason Isbell and John Prine.
His first studio album,”We Wonder”, was released in 2018, receiving four Detroit Music Award nominations. Additionally, Phil Maq of WHFR 89.3FM named it 2019 Best Folk Album and in his top 100 albums.
His 2021 album, “The Darkness and the Light” explores a life lived and all you see while looking over the past, the present and future. The album was recognized on the Folk Radio DJ Charts for March and April of 2021. Last year, Mike received four more Detroit Music Award nominations and one finalist for Americana Songwriter.
Why Psychosongs? Turns out there are many Mike Ward’s creating music. His nickname, PsychoWard, provided an answer. (If you’ve seen him dance or play hockey, you’ll get it).
Mike is currently in the studio working on songs that should be released by April or May of 2022. He is also beginning to book for Summer 2022.