Jamie Greene, Ali Handal, Early Settler

Jamie Greene

Ali Handal

Early Settler

Tue 9.19.17

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

$10.00

Tickets at the Door

Jamie Greene
Jamie Greene
When Jamie finally left her hometown of Los Angeles, she pitched 30 years of journals into a fire pit with her best girlfriends by her side. If this represented the end of a particular era in her life, Green's new album “Chase the Rain” is the “rebirth.”
Jamie's musical pedigree runs deep. From a long line of musical women, Green’s grandmother and great aunts were the Big Band-era jazz vocalists, the King Sisters, while her mother was a soloist in the 60's girl group, the Four King Cousins. Green joined the King Family roadshow and TV specials at the tender young age of six, learning harmonies from her mother by singing to Steely Dan, the Eagles, and Earth, Wind & Fire. As an adult, Green carried on the family's musical legacy-- if with a bit more edge--as a contemporary singer-songwriter in her own right, winning two L.A. Music Awards in the "Indie Pop" and “Adult Alternative" Album of the Year categories and multiple honors from national and international songwriting competitions, including the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and the Lionel Richie songwriting scholarship at UCLA. Despite these accolades, Green-- like many female artists in their late 20's and 30's-- was told by record label executives that she was “too old,” and that she should "consider writing for and producing younger artists.” Ultimately, her independent creative fire only burned brighter, resulting in a new body of work that stands as her best yet.
Produced by Green and Matt Thorne (TRAPT, the eels, the Donnas), the new record is alternately funky, rocking and introspective, reflecting multiple creative streams that flow into one striking body of work. Spanning the genres of rock, soul, funk, hip hop and folk, it showcases Green’s signature storytelling, catchy pop melodies and rich vocal harmonies, as well as her ability to navigate maturely through the dark and the light, the dramatic and the fun. One of the album's celebrated singles "Girl's Night Out," conjures up images of lamé, neon, and of course, girl-bonding with its Stevie Wonder harmonies and Shaft-era guitar riff. Another funky guitar-driven track, "Make Me Do Right" has the singer admitting to her flaws and the desire to improve her attitude towards self and others. "Oneness,” Green’s collaboration with two inner city youths from Columbus Ohio, contains a powerful message of racial unity. Global notions also fuel her cover of the Police classic “Message in a Bottle,” which begins acoustically and then slides on a subtle world music undercurrent.
Green’s first two albums explored such topics as a woman’s right to choose, the date rape of her best friend, a woman’s need to hold herself sacred, a young girl’s need for encouragement, a teenage girl’s need to rant, and of course, a woman’s right to process relationships gone wrong. On this new album, Green continues her signature storytelling through several different types of female characters: “Unencumbered” features a plucky 14 year-old with “braces and a nose ring” who makes a unique impression on the narrator; “Megan, Lynndie & Sabrina” features the trio of female soldiers at Abu Ghraib who posed “thumbs-up in front of a pile of naked, hooded men,” thus forcing the songwriter to question her feminist assumptions about female morality; “Silver” is a requiem for a woman who left the physical plane far too early, as expressed through the tears of grieving friends. It's also arguably the most poignant song on the album.
Green's "rebirth" is best expressed in the cathartic tone of the CD’s title track, “Chase the Rain.” She observes, “We all make crazy choices. Sometimes they work and sometimes they don’t, and other people don’t understand them. I’m drawn to those quirky people who haven’t done it the way it’s supposed to be done. This is for them, and for me.” Given the soulful vocals, infectious grooves and deeply personal lyrics, this record may very well be a record for you too.
Ali Handal
Ali Handal
Moved early on by wise and resilient women, singer/songwriter Ali Handal wore out Carole King’s Tapestry album. As a cat-obsessed six-year-old (some things never change), Ali honored her initial musical heroine by naming her very first kitten “Carole.” Over the years, the sweet melodies and lyrics penned by musical sages King, Dylan, Lennon and McCartney captivated her. She had an epiphany when, as a teenager, she heard Led Zeppelin for the first time. Completely mesmerized by Jimmy Page’s seductive guitar riffs, Ali quit her piano lessons to pick up the guitar.

Now based in Los Angeles, Ali unleashes sultry, groove-filled songs upon live audiences, setting the stage ablaze with fiery guitar passages and soulful lyrics delivered by her powerhouse voice. She holds her own among the ranks of fierce female performing songwriters like ani difranco and formidable guitarists such as Jimmy Page. Music Connection magazine describes her as “earthy, natural, real and loaded with talent…a singer/songwriter with something to say… a gifted artist who brings insight and intelligence to her art.” When asked about her music and stage presence, fans simply say “badass.”

Ali’s songs have been featured in numerous films and hit shows like Sex and the City, Dawson’s Creek and iCarly. She’s toured Australia, Japan and beyond, provided backing vocals for Neil Young, and shared the stage with songwriting legend Paul Williams as his featured vocalist. Also a published author, Ali penned Guitar for Girls (Hal Leonard), an exceptional guitar method book & CD brimming with advice for aspiring female musicians, as well as encouraging quotes and remarkable songs from female songwriters in all genres.

Ali’s fourth full-length album will be released by Red Parlor Records on September 8, 2017. It’s a funky, rockin’ collection of songs embodying the strength and sense of humor necessary to thrive as a woman in the 21st century. Cheeky songs like “I Love My Pussy.cat” and “Thank God For Birth Control” tap into her natural sass, while others, including “You Get What You Settle For” and “Better Man,” are chock full of an older sister’s tough love and the wisdom Ali has gained as she’s evolved as an artist and a woman.
Venue Information:
SOhO Restaurant and Music Club
1221 State Street
Santa Barbara, CA, 93101