Named after a traditional foot stomping fiddle tune, Sugar in the Gourd is every bit as edgy and fun, but has the added depth of beautifully constructed original songs that encompass topics from trains, to drinking, to love, redemption, all the way to a conversation with God. The four women who comprise this delightful Americana./Roots style band, have combined their diverse backgrounds and songwriting talents to form a sound that is as unique as it is captivating. You’ll hear beautiful three part vocal harmonies along with fine musicianship on violin, guitar, mandolin, upright bass and banjo. Whether they’re performing an old blues, an original swing tune or an Appalachian style murder ballad,
it’s all Americana…new and old at the same time, and irresistible.
Sugar in the Gourd was selected as an official showcase band for the 2012 FAR West conference, and have been playing consistently around the Los Angeles area in many of the top venues including McCabes , The Coffee Gallery ,The Echo, as well as a four month residency at The Witzend Live in Venice.
Lisa Salloux : vocals , mandolin, guitar (and occasional bass), was born into an entire family who played bluegrass. She has been an accomplished musician , songwriter and vocalist since she was a teenager.
Aubrey Richmond : vocals and violin, has been performing professionally since she was a young girl. She has won numerous championships over the years, as well as maintaining a highly successful international career as a top studio and touring musician.
Carly Ritter: vocals and guitar, Our newest “Gourd”is a singer-songwriter born and raised in Los Angeles. Her self-titled debut album was released in 2013 by Vanguard Records. Most recently, she recorded an album covering old cowboy and country songs (yet to be released) as a tip of the hat to her grandfather, Tex Ritter.
Lynn Shipley Sokolow : upright bass and banjo, is also a published poet and lyricist, selling over half a million records. In addition, she is a former entertainment manager who has worked with Geffen recording artists Quarterflash and Berlin, and has several gold and platinum albums on her wall..
Plus on the same bill and opening the show Nettie Rose Freed who is a Santa Monica native who paints pictures of love, renegades and vagabonds in her lyrical, folk inspired music. Her influences range from 50’s-60’s pop to Townes van Zandt and Dylan, and the Sons of the Pioneers. She learned to play guitar as a kid from renowned teacher and guitarist Fred Sokolow and soon they had completed a vast catalog of original songs. Her Straight Shooters have included Fred’s wife Lynn Shipley Sokolow on banjo or bass, Johnny “Spazz” Hatton’s stand-up bass, among other players in Nashville, TN. Nettie is the granddaughter of Disc-Jockey Alan Freed (credited for coining the phrase “Rock ‘n Roll”) and grew up around the music business in Los Angeles, in love with vintage music and the classics. Her debut LP “People I Know” is currently on iTunes and she is working on her sophomore release. Plus Fred Sokolow a master of several stringed instruments, and who has recorded countless CDs and written numerous instruction books, from rock to bluegrass to jazz. Bob Baxter was quoted as saying, because of Fred’s mastering of so many genres of music, that “Sokolow should definitely be included with those four other guys on Mt. Rushmore.”
Tickets may be purchased in person at Blvd Music or by phone (310) 398-2583 using a major credit card. A $1 service charge per ticket is added on phone orders. All ticket sales are final. They are non-refundable and non-exchangeable.
Please note all shows start at 8pm and doors open at 7:30pm unless indicated otherwise. People who already have their tickets (purchased them in advance) get in first when doors open at 7:30 pm. After the people who already have their tickets are admitted any remaining tickets will go on sale.