Crescendo On Wisconsin presents:
SINGER/SONGWRITER SHOWCASE #3
Featuring Glen Phillips
(of Toad the Wet Sprocket)
w/ special guest
(of The Masscot Theory)
**ATTENTION TICKET BUYERS: We will be requiring proof of COVID vaccination (original card or digital photo) or proof of a negative COVID test (within 72 hours) for admittance to this show.
Glen Phillips has always been a courageous and inviting songwriter. During his years as lead singer of Toad the Wet Sprocket, the bands elegant folk/pop sound and his honest, introspective lyrics helped them forge a close bond with their fans. Since starting his solo career, Phillips has pared his
music down to its emotional core, concentrating on the simple truths of love and relationships, with a profound spiritual understanding.
The Swallowed by the New album takes on lifes difficult transitions and delivers some of the Phillips’ most vulnerable songs. I made this album during the dissolution of a 23 year marriage, Phillips says. A major chapter of my life was coming to a close, and I discovered early on that I had to work hard to get through the transition with compassion and clarity. These songs were a big part of that process.
The album was recorded in May of 2015 with producer/bass player Paul Bryan (Aimee Mann, Lucinda Williams), Jay Bellerose (drums), Chris Bruce (guitar), Jebin Bruni (keys) and Ruby Amanfu (vocals). The sparse arrangements are centered on Phillips vocals and acoustic guitar.
Swallowed by the New is full of the inviting melodies that have always marked Phillips work, while his singing reaches a new degree of intimacy and immediacy. The arrangements hint at country, soul, folk, rock and classic pop, without ever sounding derivative. The emotions may be raw, but they are guided by Phillips steady vocals towards healing and renewal.
I enjoy the spontaneity of acoustic performance, where I can take the show wherever it needs to go and follow the lead of an audience instead of following a set list. Theres more talking, more stories, and more of a loose feel. The subject matter is on the serious side, but I feel like the perspective is ultimately positive. Life is about changes, no matter how we may try and pretend otherwise. This album is all about learning how to face change. – Glen Phillips
Erik Kjelland has been writing and performing music for over two decades throughout the midwest and has recorded over twenty albums of original music with various acts. Currently, Kjelland fronts the Madison, WI-based folk-rock band The Mascot Theory, winners of over twenty Madison Area Music Association awards. The band has played major festivals throughout Wisconsin including Summerfest, Freak Fest, and Mile of Music Festival, and have shared the stage with BoDeans, Vance Joy, Frank Turner, The Jayhawks, The Verve Pipe, Chase Rice, Kaleo, The Wild Feathers, Guster, Blitzen Trapper, Cory Chisel, Don McLean and America. Kjelland also won the 2017 WAMI (Wisconsin Area Music Industry) award for Best Male Vocalist in the state. His songwriting partnership with fellow Madison singer/songwriter Beth Kille has developed into the duo (and sometimes full band) Kerosene Kites. Alongside mega-producer Butch Vig, Kjelland also created and curated the Wisconsin Vinyl Collective project that released three vinyl (and CD) albums of previously unreleased original songs from artists with Wisconsin roots while raising funds and awareness for the Keep Wisconsin Warm/Cool Fund charity. Kjelland also co-founded the Crescendo On Wisconsin Campaign, a statewide effort committed to helping struggling Entertainment Industry workers stay safely in their homes by providing emergency energy & rental assistance during difficult times.