The Listening Bar April 2014

3rd – Andrew Fortier Trio
Patchogue Theater

This Port Jefferson-based artist has a unique approach to Americana music and brings a new dimension to the genre. The bill also features an appearance by the Americana duo Annie Marks and Chris James.

3rd – Gavin DeGraw
The Space, Westbury

New York based singer-songwriter Gavin DeGraw presents an evening of Americana pop music in the area’s newest intimate concert venue.

12th – Butchers Blind/ Kerry Kearney
The Hub, Island Park

This double bill of Americana artists is one of the must-see events this month. Catch both of these homegrown talents live before they start playing the big rooms.

26th – Free Grass Union
Stephen Talkhouse, Amagansett

The exciting and imaginative spin on traditional bluegrass music that this progressive five-piece string band plays ushers in the spring season on a high note.

Liner Notes with Andrew Fortier
Pulse: Your music pulls together a diverse blend of pop, folk and jazz elements. What musicians influenced you?
Andrew Fortier:
When I was starting out, it was all about seventies singer songwriters like Harry Chapin and Joni Mitchell, but it wasn’t long before I discovered my all-time favorite songwriter, Tom Waits. Once, an A&R director at Chrysalis records critiqued my songs as being similar to Tom Waits’ music except for the fact that I sang in a beautiful voice.

Johnny Pierre

Local legend Johnny Pierre is a singer/songwriter from Lindenhurst. He performs around Long island with the Americana Blues band the Biscuit Kings. Visit johnnypierre.com to check out his music.