Jason Webley "Margaret" Album/Book Release Show with Chicken John Rinaldi and Friends
"MARGARET" ALBUM/BOOK RELEASE
With Jason Webley, Chicken John Rinaldi, and friends!
A scrapbook found in a San Francisco dumpster inspires new music and stories by Jason Webley, Chicken John Rinaldi, Eliza Rickman, Shenandoah Davis, Led to Sea, Lonesome Leash, and special guests.
On Friday, December 19, the Community Center for the Performing Arts and KRVM proudly welcome Jason Webley & Friends Book/Album Release Show for Margaret.
Twenty years ago, San Francisco showman Chicken John Rinaldi found an old scrapbook lying at the bottom of a dumpster. The book documented the life and death of a woman named Margaret Rucker, born in 1907. Chicken John was captivated by this mysterious woman and her tragic story, captured in sepia images and dark poetry.
Over the years, he introduced Margaret to hundreds of people, but last year when he showed the scrapbook to accordion troubadour Jason Webley, he learned a bit more about who this woman was. Not only was she born in Webley's home town of Everett, Washington - she was the daughter of one of the town's founders, and is buried in the enigmatic pyramid that sits above the town.
Fueled by interest in the local community, Webley and Rinaldi held a special event in Everett this past April. They assembled some of the best songwriters in the country to write new works inspired by Margaret Rucker's life and writings. The response to that concert was overwhelming, and a Kickstarter campaign to record this material raised more than six times its initial goal, making it the second largest crowd-sourced music project to come out of Washington State.
This December to celebrate the release of Margaret, Webley, Rinaldi and the others are getting together to perform these songs together for the last time. They are taking the show on a short tour retracing Margaret's life from Washington State to California. The concerts feature performances by Webley, Rinaldi, Eliza Rickman, Shenandoah Davis, Led to Sea, Lonesome Leash, and special guests in each city.
The Margaret album is a full-length CD housed in a 90-page hardcover book. It features music by Jason Webley, Led to Sea, Jherek Bischoff, Eliza Rickman, Shenandoah Davis, Lonesome Leash, Zac Pennington and Mts & Tunnels, as well as writings by Chicken John Rinaldi and Webley. You can pre-order it for $25 (plus shipping) at jasonwebley.com
The tour begins on Margaret Rucker's birthday and comes to WOW Hall in Eugene on Friday, December 19th. Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door, and $20 for reserved seating. Doors open at 8:00 pm and showtime is 9:00. Partial seating. Special $20 reserved seats available at WOW Hall only.
Jason Webley is a modern troubadour who has built a following around the globe with his performances. Webley has released six albums and numerous collaborations on his own record label and has performed in over three dozen countries.
"Chicken" John Rinaldi is a showman, author and activist living in San Francisco. He is the executive director of the San Francisco Institute of Possibility.
Led to Sea is the solo project of Seattle violist/violinist L. Alex Guy, who has performed across the U.S. and Europe alone and with performers such as Laura Veirs, Mirah and the Degenerate Art Ensemble.
Eliza Rickman of Los Angeles earned a degree in orchestration from Azusa Pacific University, but now favors sparse arrangements of pizzicato strings and percussive toy piano to underscore her haunting melodic voice. She is currently recording her second full-length album.
Shenandoah Davis composes American-gothic inspired songs that weave together strains of classical, ragtime and klezmer. Growing up studying classical piano and opera, Davis' music lives somewhere between Debussy, Irving Berlin and Kate Bush.
Lonesome Leash is the solo moniker of New Orleans-based multi-instrumentalist Walt McClements. Known for previous involvement in groups such as Dark Dark Dark and Why Are We Building Such a Big Ship, his new project takes the form of a one man band, with McClements deftly navigating drums, accordion, trumpet and vocals.