Joe Johnson, Jenn Rawling, Awna Teixeira, Inaiah Lujan

Ivywild Music presents a Songwriter Showcase featuring

Joe Johnson

Jenn Rawling

Awna Teixeira

Inaiah Lujan

Thu, September 28, 2017

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

Ivywild School

Colorado Springs, CO

$10.00

This concert will include a number of seats based on ticket sales, available on a first-come-first-served basis.

Joe Johnson
Joe Johnson
Joe Johnson has the most common of names but demonstrates the most uncommon talent. He combines an unforgettable voice with an uncanny capacity for writing beautiful and moving songs. His south Mississippi drawl masking a keen intelligence and an encyclopedic knowledge of music. For a man on a mission to bring roots music back to consciousness, he is uniquely equipped to accomplish his goal.

Raised an hour drive from New Orleans, in a state that has produced the very core of American music, Johnson grew up watching his grandfather spinning records and creating innovative engineering techniques in the recording studio at WRJW in Picayune, Mississippi. BJ Johnson was a noted country singer who enjoyed a 40-year recording career and founded WRJW. His son Byron – Joe's father – was a well known gospel musician. Joe's mother is a piano player and as far back as he can remember Joe sang with his family and learned to play guitar sitting around the front porch with family and friends.
Jenn Rawling
Jenn Rawling
Jenn Rawling is an artist and song writer based in Portland, OR.

She is currently celebrating the completion of her 3rd record, 'Golden Colors', due to release August 1st, 2017. 'Golden Colors' was captured in true DIY fashion, with musical friends in Durango, CO where they transformed a small house into a recording studio.

Co produced with Awna Teixeira of Po Girl and Inaiah Lujan of In/planes, 'Golden Colors' is an offering of beauty and healing to the broken world. It honors those who are trying to bring balance, resist, and forge another way forward. 'Golden Colors' illuminates the high and lows- heartbreak, renewal, connection, betrayal, and ultimately transforms these states into big love and the devotion to continue. This record will leave you spellbound- handwoven to the dream of another reality.

Jenn composes highly melodic songs from fascinating scraps of images and phrases, singing them with a vibrant, immediately engaging yodel-edged alto. Her poetic lyrics are enhanced by her sophisticated sense of phrasing and pace. Her work binds people back to the web of life, reconnects us to the land, and celebrates the continuance of human, animal, plant, and elemental relationships.
Awna Teixeira
Awna Teixeira
Portuguese-Canadian, multi-instrumentalist, Awna Teixeira began her musical career in 2001 performing all over North America and writing songs with various bands before joining Po'Girl, one of Canada's hardest working international touring acts, in 2005. Over the course of creating five albums and seven years of solid-touring in 15 different countries, on 4 different continents, and playing between 200 and 250 shows a year, Allison Russell and Awna Teixeira have become the core of the highly-esteemed and internationally-recognized band, Po'Girl. Awna, while still working with Po'Girl, released her 1st solo album 'Where The Darkness Goes" in 2012, her EP 'Thunderbird in 2013, and her 2nd solo album 'Wild One' March 2015.

In her formative years, Awna toured and did street performances nationally with The Derby and The Red Eyed Rounders. She then teamed up with the all-girl, country-folk band Barley Wik with whom she released two full length albums, touring nationally for three years. Barley Wik won numerous Vancouver Island Music Awards including, "Album of the Year," “Most Listenable CD,” and “Best Acoustic Act.”

Upon meeting Allison Russell of Po'Girl, instant chemistry led to the start of a great, new musical adventure. Awna quickly packed her suitcase and began touring full-time with Po'Girl, first as their bass player and back-up vocalist, and quickly moving into accordion, banjo, guitar, ukulele, gutbucket bass, percussion and lead vocals. Awna first showcased her song writing abilities with Po'Girl on their 2007 album, "Home To You," with the beautifully heart-wrenching compositions "Old Mountain Line" and "Drive All Night."

Starting in 2012, Po'Girl decided to slow their touring schedule in order to pursue other musical projects. Inspired by her many years on the road, her Portuguese-Canadian heritage and her numerous international-touring experiences, Awna embarked on her first, long-awaited, solo project bringing together an incredible collection of songs in her album "Where The Darkness Goes." From the Portuguese-Fado inspired "Minha Querida" and "Velai Por Nos" to the deep soul of roots music with her claw- hammer style banjo on songs like "Stand Tall" and "In The Days," Awna's solo project takes you on a deeply satisfying musical journey.

On her 2012 solo release tour of the UK and Netherlands, Awna received amazing five-star reviews and was called the next "undisputed Queen of Roots Music," by No Depression. With her fantastic song-writing ability and compelling stage presence, Awna has been likened to such legends as Emmylou Harris and Dolly Parton.

In 2013 Awna released her first ever EP "Thunderbird". Setting up a home recording space in Salt Lake City, Utah she recorded five songs, playing, singing and recording everything herself. This EP takes on a much more strip down feel and showcases some of her back catalog. She also drew and designed the cover art for this release and has plans for another EP release in 2015.

In June of 2014 Awna travelled back to her home town of Toronto, Canada recording songs for her next full length release Wild One released March 2015. Wild One received many rave reviews during the release tour in UK/EU being hailed as one of the top country roots albums of 2015 by Telegraph UK. The Wild One tour was one of Awna's long stretches on the road since going solo, touring straight from Feburary to November 2015.
Inaiah Lujan
Inaiah Lujan
"Whether laying down some succulent psychotropic hip-hop as DJ Flow Nase, feeding off of severely distorted barre chords with the riff-heavy punk band A Poor Substitute, or lending distinctive vocal abilities to the peculiar and hypnotic "funeral pop" band The Mexican, Pueblo's Inaiah Lujan is plainly a restless soul."

-Adam Leech, The Independent
Venue Information:
Ivywild School
1604 S. Cascade Ave
Colorado Springs, CO, 80905