Ernie Hendrickson (CD Release), Big Sadie

Fri, Sep 13 2019, 8:30pm - $12 in advance, $15 at the door - Tickets

Doors open at 7 pm.

ERNIE HENDRICKSON: Shullsburg, Wisconsin native Ernie Hendrickson grew up on a steady diet of Willie Nelson, Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Jerry Garcia. These early heroes opened the gates to the deep well of American roots music which he continues to draw inspiration from. Even by the age of 16, Ernie was forming bands searching for his own sound. His 2007 solo record, Down the Road, of which theIllinois Entertainerdeemed "Groundbreaking" pushed him onto the Midwest's radar as an emerging singer-songwriter. His second and third records 'Walking with Angels'and 'One For theDreamers' found him working with industry veterans Bo Ramsey (Lucinda Williams, Greg Brown) and Chad Cromwell (Neil Young, Mark Knopfler) respectively.  His latest effort, 'Roll On'scheduled for release in summer of 2019 was recorded in Chicago with producer Brian Deck (Counting Crows, Iron and Wine).  He has played stages from the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville to the Living Room in New York City and all points in between.  His songs have been in regular rotation at over 100 different radio stations across the country and his fans will attest to the energy and fun found at his live shows, which in the spirit of his heroes are never the same and always evolving.  

BIG SADIE: Big Sadie is a Chicago-based acoustic band fronted by Elise Bergman (upright bass, vocals) and Collin Moore (guitar, vocals). Defined by rich, intricate harmonies and rustic yet sophisticated instrumental arrangements, Big Sadie takes a modern yet timeless approach to American roots music.

Bergman and Moore both grew up surrounded by music. With roots spanning from the Midwest to the heart of Appalachia, their sound honors their heritage and is inspired by the rich musical histories of these places. Chicago native Bergman brings a solid blues and folk influence to the group while Moore is firmly planted in the bluegrass and old-time he started playing as a boy in the hills of East Tennessee. Bergman was trained in classical and jazz piano and started playing guitar and writing songs in early high school. Moore began learning tunes at a young age from his mother, an accomplished fiddler and ballad singer, and went on to play guitar, bass, and mandolin with various bluegrass bands in Tennessee and Montana. Since first teaming up in 2005, Bergman and Moore have collaborated with numerous string players and toured the Midwest, Southeast, and Northwest United States as a duo and as members of other projects.

In early 2015, Bergman and Moore began playing with Andy Malloy, a native Oklahoman and mainstay of Chicago’s vibrant bluegrass scene, and Matt Brown, a Pennsylvania-raised multi-instrumentalist and instructor at the Old Town School of Folk Music. After a series of collaborations, Malloy and Brown officially joined Big Sadie in mid-2016. With the addition of Malloy’s energetic and inventive banjo playing and Brown’s masterful fiddling, Big Sadie is quickly gaining recognition for their compelling songwriting, skillful playing, and dynamic live performance.

With the ability to move seamlessly between traditional and original, the versatile band is equally at home on a festival stage, in an auditorium hall, accompanying a dance, busking on a sidewalk, passing tunes around a circle, or in an intimate rock club. Big Sadie has opened for acts ranging from country-music legend Marty Stuart to pop and indie-rock outfit Wild Belle.

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