Songwriters in the Round feat. Glen Phillips, Lauren Barth, Jonathan McEuen, & Nathan Salman

Songwriters in the Round feat. Glen Phillips, Lauren Barth, Jonathan McEuen, & Nathan Salman

Tue 12.18.18

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm


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This event is all ages

Glen Phillips
Glen Phillips
Glen was for thirteen years frontman and primary songwriter for the multiplatinum-selling alternative rock band Toad the Wet Sprocket, whose hits include “All I Want,” “Walk on the Ocean,” “Good Intentions,” and “Fall Down.” (The band formed in Santa Barbara in 1986—when Glen was sixteen—and signed with Columbia Records two years later.)

After Toad’s breakup, Glen launched his solo career with the 2001 CD Abulum, for which he was praised by Nashville’s Rage Magazine as “one of the premier pop songwriters of his generation.”

In 2003 Glen was commissioned by Titanic director James Cameron to write the song “Departure,” featured in Cameron’s IMAX film Ghosts of the Abyss. Glen also performed in 2003 on albums by The Ataris and Sean Watkins.

In 2004 Glen released his collaboration with Grammy winners Nickel Creek under the name “Mutual Admiration Society,” on the Sugar Hill label.

[An] eleven-track marvel … shaded with plenty of subtle nuance that shimmers in all the right places. Phillips’ voice has never sounded better.
—The Music Box

In 2005 Glen released Winter Pays For Summer on Lost Highway Records, with appearances by Jon Brion, Ben Folds, and Pete Thomas of Elvis Costello & The Attractions.

Whether they're power pop tunes with catchy choruses or restive waltzes, the songs on Winter Pays for Summer are smart, honest and, ultimately, hopeful. And that's, as one song puts it, ‘a lot to be thankful for.’
—USA Today

In 2006 Phillips released Mr. Lemons on his own Umami label.

After opting for a lush and refined sound on his last record … Phillips spins the production knobs to zero on his third solo record. [Its songs] … are chiefly built around Phillips’ honey-dipped voice and a lonely guitar, throwing a bone to the legion of fans that prefer his lone-man live performances.
—, Editorial Review

In 2008 Glen released his concept album about space travel, Secrets of the New Explorers.

Secrets … is a brilliant piece of music … The songs are beautiful, and the closing track “A Dream” is sparse loveliness at its finest, reminding the listener once more why they came to fall in love with the music of Glen Phillips in the first place.

In 2009 Glen released the first album by, and began extensive touring with, his new supergroup: Works Progress Administration (“WPA”). The group is a collaborative which also includes Sara and Sean Watkins (Nickel Creek), Pete Thomas (Elvis Costello & the Attractions), Benmont Tench (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers), Luke Bulla (Ricky Skaggs), et al.

The crisp geniality of progressive bluegrass and the polished heartache of modern country both have a home in WPA.
—The New York Times

In praise of the group’s musical diversity and the success of its eclectic lineup of talent, the Washington Post review notes, simply, “WPA is proof there's no solid formula for making the best music.”


2013 brought the release of “New Constellation,” Toad The Wet Sprocket’s first new studio album in fifteen years, a perfect return to form for a band whose trademark combination of lyricism and brainpower has magicked legions of admirers into truly undying fans.

Older, wiser, and with a newfound hopefulness that wasn't there in their younger days, Toad deliver [in “New Constellation”] an uncluttered and thoughtful next step of their ongoing songcraft.
Lauren Barth
Lauren Barth
Dare we say it, but we’d like to predict right here, right now that Lauren Barth will soon be added to a long list of musical mavericks, the likes of which include Leon Russell, Wayne Coyne and Annie Clark, who all hail from the fair city of Tulsa, OK. Not fair, considering that Barth really grew up outside of LA, which has its own list of luminaries, as does Santa Cruz, Oakland and San Francisco, other places where she’s hung her hat. But, clearly nomadic as she is, what we’re trying to say is that the world belongs to her. If she wants it. That said, we are happy to announce The Bluegrass Situation’s exclusive premiere of Lauren Barth’s video for “Mama Don’t Cry,” a nod to J.J. Cale, Leon Russell, and other pioneers of the signature sounds of Tulsa. “Mama Don’t Cry” is just one of the 11 standout tracks on Barth’s, ahem, 11-song album Forager, due out on May 5th, on Horton Records.

TBGS’s Marissa R. Moss says of the track/video, “Barth tackles a lot of… imperfect and uncomfortable ideas on “Mama Don’t Cry” and in the video that accompanies it with its spiraling, psychedelic twist: far too many guns, one too many funerals, people who belong in their mother’s arms, not jail cells. “Gimme a break,” she sings with the folk steadiness of Lucinda Williams and the slack sly of Liz Phair. We all want a break… from oppression, prejudice, and hate, to name a few. Sometimes, it just feels like it all keeps rising instead of receding. Luckily, folk music is stepping up to the plate not to dry our tears, but to give us hope that at least someone, anyone, is listening to us wail.”

Forager was recorded in Little Rock, Arkansas at Fellowship Hall Sound with Jason Weinheimer and Jesse Aycock (Hard Working Americans), who played bass and guitar, respectively, along with Al Gamble on the organ and Andrew Bones on drums & percussion.

As for its other tunes, “Want It Back,” the album’s stick-in-your-head opening track, is reminiscent of Jenny Lewis and Liz Phair, among others, indicative of the delicate, but well-negotiated balance Barth strikes on Forager. The wrap up title track, for instance, is a dark ballad about traveling through time and different lives, that may conjure Big Star’s “Holocaust” for some. “This Old Heart” is Dolly/Emmylou, plaintive and powerful. “Getting High (Is Getting Me Down)” is world-weary Lucinda. And on it goes. As classic as it gets.
Jonathan McEuen
Jonathan McEuen
The son of well-known rock star banjo picker, John McEuen, Jonathan McEuen was born to sing and play. Good genes and a star-studded extended musical family definitely work to his advantage - Crowds respond enthusiastically to Jonathan's extraordinary voice and guitar playing whenever he performs. Jonathan has always known life on the road - first by playing guitar and singing with his family, as well as singing background and playing guitar for other world class artists including Dwight Yoakam, Dave Mason, and Robben Ford, to name a few. Co-fronting his own band with cousin Jamie Hanna (son of Jeff Hanna from the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band), he was signed to the major record label MCA Nashville, (a division of Universal Music Group). That experience confirmed he was ready to move forward and create music outside the confines of his influences or a specific genre. Jonathan has performed on Jay Leno, at the Grand Ol' Opry, and at Red Rocks in Colorado. Though Jonathan's tremendous skill on guitar is clear, playing music without limitations is his commitment. He enjoys crossing genre lines and breaking molds by fusing musical traditions in his own, inspired way. Armed with a quick wit and personal charm, Jonathan moves fluidly in and out of folk, rock and bluegrass/country influences, making delightfully eclectic music for everyone along for the ride.
Nathan Salman
Nathan Salman
Nathan Salman is the heart behind Waterstrider, a Bay Area-based musical project with its roots in Santa Barbara. Nowhere Now, the revelatory debut album by Waterstrider, is the sound of Bay Area musician Nate Salman coming into his own as a singular artistic voice. Self-produced in Santa Barbara and Oakland, the 2015 release finds Salman creating an aesthetic world akin to Thom Yorke and James Blake fronting one of Fela Kuti’s powerhouse afrobeat ensembles.
Venue Information:
SOhO Restaurant and Music Club
1221 State Street
Santa Barbara, CA, 93101