Tyminski has fed himself and his family for years on the back of his musical talent while working as the ultimate team player. After a stint in the Lonesome River Band, he’s been a member of Union Station for 25 years, pitching in on a load of side projects along the way. He provided the singing voice for George Clooney’s on-screen character in O Brother, Where Art Thou?, earning multiple trophies through the fictitious Soggy Bottom Boys’ “I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow.” And in 2013, Tyminski sang lead on Avicii’s international pop hit “Hey Brother,” which reached #1 on charts in at least 18 countries.
Taylor Smith & The Roamin' Jasmine
New Orleans-based band Taylor Smith & The Roamin' Jasmine are here to get your feet moving. Their songs are rejuvenated interpretations of 1920's country blues, 1950's New Orleans R&B, vintage Calypso from Trinidad, 1930's swing, and even some 1950's Country tunes, mixed in with original songs--all composed and arranged for a powerful horn section, upright bass, guitar and drums. They take sounds dug out from crates of scratchy, old 78’s, and polish them up with modern elegance and youthful energy, without losing any raw edginess.
Parlor in the Round at AFF
Alaska’s music improv comedy show! Feels like dinner theater. Sounds like a house concert. Looks like improv comedy. “The audience roared and cackled with laughter between the verses.”— CHRIS BEIRI, ALASKA DISPATCH NEWS
This special edition of the Parlor is presented in partnership with the Anchorage Folk Festival to kick off their historic 30th season! We could not imagine a more suited artist than John Craigie to join us in the celebration!
When did country music start to sound the same? The first generation of country artists borrowed from everything around them. In an era of unprecedented access to our musical pasts, shouldn’t country music be even more diverse than it was in its infancy? Honky-tonk supergroup Western Centuries, back with a new album in 2018, surely understands this. They aren’t bound by any dictum to write songs in a modern country, or even a retro country style; instead they’re taking their own personal influences as three very different songwriters and fusing it into a sound that moves beyond the constraints of country.
Ben Winship and Eli West
Ben and Eli, while neither from Alaska, have both opted into the Alaskan Music Scene whenever possible. They have a sonic span that reflects and defies their geography. While both are rooted in the West, Ben in the Tetons and Eli in the PNW, they each have been moved by the traditions of SW Virginia, the Carter family fold, and broader fiddle tune traditions. They deliver their songs with conviction, both writing and singing in a way that just stops short of a final sanding or veneer.