Phil Pickens, Bucky Hayes and the Commonwealth, The Lobbyists

Phil Pickens

Bucky Hayes and the Commonwealth

The Lobbyists

Fri · December 1, 2017

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

$10

This event is 21 and over

**PLEASE NOTE: This event will be mixed seated/standing. Arrive early for best seat selection.

Phil Pickens
Phil Pickens
On the heels of NPR’s tiny desk contest, Bob Boilen (NPR) and Rita Houston (WFUV) invited Phil Pickens and his band the Astronauts to play the legendary Hit Factory in the heart of NYC. NPR Music recalls his sound as “big-hearted” and “rootsy”.

There’s a push-pull in everything Phil Pickens says and doesn’t say, in what he sings and doesn’t sing. “The words I do not say speak louder than I want them to,” he sings in “Fool’s Gold.” Born and raised in Georgia, his crooked smile and royal blue eyes perfectly embody the double edge of kindness and menace in southern hospitality. Pickens has a bracing, expressive voice and a style that blends folk sensibilities and contemporary indie rock.

His upcoming album, Cathedrals, seeks solace in loss. “Re-accounting all the landscapes, the heartaches, and places yet to go,” he sings in Cathedral. To Pickens, each song is its own cathedral –a sacred place to ask questions without easy answers.In “Arizona”, he tries to make sense of his father’s mysterious death. In the studio, producer James Frazee (Sharon Van Etten, Anthony Da Costa, My Morning Jacket, Modern Savage) pushed him to go deeper, to face the thing he did not want to face.“We call each other out,” he says. The result is a song that pulses with an urgency to understand his own true nature.
Bucky Hayes and the Commonwealth
Bucky Hayes and the Commonwealth
Bucky Hayes is a Brooklyn-based songwriter who has been performing his songs, either solo or with a band, for the last 15 years. Born in Nashville and raised in Florida and Georgia his music is steeped in classic Folk, Country, Soul and Rock-n-Roll.

Bucky Hayes and the Commonwealth have been active since 2015 and released their debut album, "100 Miles to Macon', in 2016.
The Lobbyists
The Lobbyists
The Lobbyists craft a distinctive harmony-driven sound that draws on folk, bluegrass, country, roots, and pop. Acoustic instrumentation, intricate harmonies, and inventive, collaborative songwriting combine to create a fresh sound at once unique and rooted in traditional folk music. One part band and one part theater company, the group of actor-musicians also creates original stage productions. The New York Times calls their songs “marvelous” and their musicianship “impressive,” Entertainment Weekly praises their SeaWife score as “enchanting,” The New Yorker calls their music "terrific," and The Village Voice lauds them as “undeniably talented.” Their music for their debut theatrical collaboration, SeaWife, was nominated for a 2016 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Music in a Musical.
Venue Information:
Union Hall - Brooklyn
702 Union Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11215
http://www.unionhallny.com/