Cliff Westfall Record Release Show

Cliff Westfall Record Release Show

Girls on Grass, Graham Norwood

Wed · July 25, 2018

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$10

This event is 21 and over

Cliff Westfall
Cliff Westfall
New York-based country songwriter Cliff Westfall writes songs about heartache, loss, addiction… you know, funny songs. Or he can turn on a dime and dive headlong into a sentimental weeper. The Kentucky native delivers with a mixture of wit and bravado that, for Westfall, is central to what country music is all about. On his new album, Baby You Win, to be released July 13, 2018, he’s assembled a crew of some of New York’s best musicians to explore a new idea of Americana, drawing inspiration from sources often forgotten by the current country scene.

“I feel like the humor of people like Roger Miller, Don Gibson, and Del Reeves is neglected nowadays,” Westfall says. “A lot of current country music makes you want to ask, ‘Hey, does anybody remember laughter?’ And you know, it’s not really anything against what anyone else is doing, it’s just that the ability to laugh at your troubles seems to have gotten lost.” The songs on Baby You Win are bitingly acerbic, dependent on the twisty puns, bittersweet humor, and turns of phrase that used to define country music. Westfall’s a true son of Kentucky and an honest student of the genre, but refuses to be constrained by its definitions. He cites Chuck Berry as his favorite lyricist, arguing that some of Berry’s songs were much closer to their country cousins than lines of race and genre might have suggested. This is Americana outside the box, made by an artist gleefully rifling through the dusty record bins of American roots music and converting them into something new.
Girls on Grass
Girls on Grass
Roots/cowpunk from NYC. Girls on Grass formed in 2014 and released their debut full-length, recorded with Jay Sherman Godfrey (The World Famous Blue-Jays) in 2015. The Girls lineup features singer-songwriter Barbara Endes (ex-Elk City, the Lovelies), guitarist Sean Eden (Luna, Elk City), drummer Nancy Polstein (Cheri Knight, the Silos) and bassist Dave Mandl (WFMU's Hoof and Mouth Sinfonia). Nominated for Best Alt-Folk artist in 2015 Deli Magazine Reader's Poll.

"A gorgeously jangly Paisley Underground rock masterpiece." - New York Music Daily, Jan. 2016
Graham Norwood
Graham Norwood
Graham Norwood is a Brooklyn-based singer, songwriter, and guitarist whose songs have earned comparisons to such luminaries as Elliott Smith, Jeff Buckley, Bob Dylan, and George Harrison. He has produced or played with artists such as Bryan Scary, Ward White, and Scotch Bonnetl (alongside NYC guitar hero, Scott Metzger). He is currently gearing up to release his first three EPs over the course of 2017, with a solo acoustic tour anticipated for late summer / early fall. Graham temporarily resides in Littleton, Colorado, where he is completing a program for people with low vision at the Colorado Center for the Blind. He plans to return to his home of Brooklyn, NY in May.
Venue Information:
Union Hall - Brooklyn
702 Union Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11215
http://www.unionhallny.com/