In The Round with Robby Hecht, Jillette Johnson , Mary Bragg and Freddy & Francine

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In The Round with Robby Hecht, Jillette Johnson , Mary Bragg and Freddy & Francine
Saturday, October 26, 2019 6:30 PM
The Bluebird Cafe, Nashville, TN
  • No cover charge
  • $10 food/drink minimum per person
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  • When: Saturday, Oct 26, 2019 6:30 PM (Doors open at 5:30 PM)
  • Ticket Price: $0.00
  • Door Time: 5:30 PM
  • Show Type: Singer / Songwriter
  • Restrictions: No cover charge
    $10 food/drink minimum per person
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Early shows at the Bluebird usually feature the best up and coming songwriters (and the occasional hit writer). They may not have a lot of hits yet, but you will see a great show.

There are 20 tables and 10 bar seats available for reservation. Pew Seats for these shows are not reserved in advance. These seats are available on a first come/ first served basis when doors open..
Robby Hecht: Robby Hecht is a modern folk musician-of-all-trades: singer, songwriter, and congenial collaborator, his music blends nostalgia with unabashed honesty: 1970s golden era of folk meets personal confessions of the Facebook era. Robby has won over judges at several major performing songwriter competitions including the Kerrville Folk Festival, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, and the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival. He has been featured on NPR’s Mountain Stage and was praised as “songwriting of the highest quality” by The Telegraph in a five-star review. Robby's songs have been recorded by a number of other artists including Meghan Linsey, Jennifer Knapp, Nora Jane Struthers, Liz Longley, The Steel Wheels, and Amy Speace. He often teams up with Nashville singer-songwriter Caroline Spence. Their first two singles have a combined 8 million plays on Spotify.
Jillette Johnson: For Jillette Johnson the journey has been as integral to her musical experience as the destination. Jillette, who began taking music lessons and penning songs as a child, has been performing live since she was 12, captivating audiences with her sultry, thoughtful piano-driven tunes. The musician, now 24, has spent the last decade cultivating her sound and defining her unique perspective.

For Jillette, whose years of experience and practice have set her up for what’s to come, the goal is to bring her songs to life for as many people as possible. “The next year or two I think are wide open, in terms of what amazing things could happen,” the singer says. “And I think it’s just up to me to work hard every day and have a lot of luck. I hope to really build my live show. I can’t get to hung up on what exactly will happen. It’s really just about every day playing my heart out and connecting with fans over human experiences.”

With her nuanced lyricism and shapeshifting vocals, Nashville-based singer/songwriter/pianist Jillette Johnson is the rare artist who needs little sonic accompaniment to make an indelible impact. Produced by Dave Cobb (the Grammy Award-winner known for his work with Jason Isbell and Sturgill Simpson), Johnson’s sophomore album All I Ever See in You Is Me offers up sparsely orchestrated songs centering on her spirited piano work and graceful vocal command. Like only the most timeless songwriters, Johnson finds infinite depth within that simplicity, tapping into her quiet intensity and classic sensibilities to capture the subtlest of feelings.

Mary Bragg: "Country music taught us long ago that at some point, anyone with a heart will fall to pieces. On her fifth album, Nashville-based singer-songwriter Mary Bragg explores the little cracks that lead to that undone state, and compassionately argues that it's possible to reassemble yourself. Her clear, warm alto, reminiscent of Patsy Cline, was made for confidences, and these gorgeously crafted and executed songs touch the listener on a deep level, where insight occurs."
-NPR Music
For Mary Bragg, the process of fully coming into her own actually began with her last record, 2017’s critically acclaimed ‘Lucky Strike.’ Hailed as a “sublime distilling of Southern grit” and one of the year’s best by NPR, the album dipped its toes into a kind of radical honesty that Bragg had only previously hinted at, and it connected with audiences in profound and deeply personal ways. The record prompted Vice Noisey to dub her an “Americana Queen,” while Music City Roots called the songs “infectious, smart, and resonant,” and World Cafe praised her “refined, sumptuously, melancholy take on Southern storytelling.” The title track earned Bragg first place in the prestigious Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at MerleFest in 2017, and the record’s second track, “Comet,” has racked up over three million streams on Spotify. 
Freddy & Francine: Freddy and Francine began in early 2008 Shortly after meeting as cast members of a 2008 Hollywood Met Theatre production of "HAiR", Bianca Caruso and Lee Ferris teamed up to embark upon what would become a series of late night songwriting sessions. Early on, the two musicians instated a rule; as Ferris explains, “We would never leave a session without completing a song.” Because of this dedication, in just two years’ time, Caruso and Ferris co-wrote more than thirty songs, and with the help of drummer Christopher Allis and bassist John Classick, they took to the studio to record Freddy & Francine's self-titled EP (November 2008) as well as two full length albums, The Briar Patch (April 2009) and The Forest & the Sea (due out in November 2010).

Though the songs created from these late night writing sessions were originally intended for the duo’s respective solo performances, it became abundantly clear that these co-creations should be performed in tandem. On the credit of both of their choral backgrounds and Caruso’s experience as a background singer for Idina Menzel, the two naturally fused their voices into one, creating the effect of a single lead voice comprised of swelling, soulful harmonies and melodies.

In the past two and a half years, Freddy & Francine have become regulars on the Los Angeles live circuit, building a following through word-of-mouth with regular gigs at “listening rooms” such as The Hotel Café, Vermont Restaurant and McCabe's Guitar Shop. Additionally, a feature of their song "Brownstone Alley" as TOP TUNE on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic, as well as in-store appearances at the Santa Monica Apple Store, have helped to bolster the group’s iTunes sales for their previously released EP and The Briar Patch. In August 2010, Freddy & Francine played Koffeehouse Production's 3rd Annual Evening of Independence at Los Angeles’ Ford Amphitheatre, closing the set with Katherine McPhee and Sixpence None the Richer.