Dec 17 | Pressing Strings w/Chris Lyon Band | 9pm
December 17, 2021 09:00 PM until December 17, 2021
Join us for a night of roots, Americana, folk and soul with Maryland's Pressing Strings and Vermont's own Chris Lyon Band!
Don't miss Pressing Strings with special guest The Chris Lyon Band!
Proof of COVID Vaccination or negative test within 72 hours required to enter.
$10adv/$12dos. 21+. Doors: 8pm Show: 9pm
What’s in a band name? A little or a lot, depending on how deeply you want to go.
For Annapolis, Maryland-based trio Pressing Strings (Jordan Sokel: Guitar/Vocals, Nick Welker: Bass, Brandon Bartlett: Drums), the guitar guy is outnumbered by the rhythm section, but it all started back when Sokel, as a kid enamored with Dylan, Marley, Strummer, Simon, and Withers, learned to simultaneously play guitar and sing his favorite songs.
Then, guitar in hand, the songwriting bug took hold.
Cutting to 2014, with the current line-up firmed up, the band got to work developing its fanbase in the mid-Atlantic with shows from Pennsylvania to the Carolinas, then headed into the studio to record its Owe The Source album, released in 2015. Not easily tagged, genre-wise, the album deftly mixed a thoughtful soulfulness with union hall rock and roll, and they returned to the road to show it all off everywhere from VFWs to festivals.
Rejuvenated from the band’s new energy, the band linked up with Grammy-winning producer/engineer Scott Jacoby (Coldplay, Vampire Weekend, Ronnie Spector) and headed to upstate NY to record Most Of Us. Following that album’s 2016 release, the band then toured coast-to-coast with power-pop songstress Rachael Yamagata in 2017, along with its own headlining shows along the Eastern Seaboard.
The singles “Brave,” “On The Wire,” and “The Madness” led up to the release of the band’s latest album, Settle In, which was released this spring. The band is now hunkered down writing and demo’ing for its next project.
Chris Lyon Band:
Chris Lyon is a songwriter from Vermont, USA. He grew up in Northeast Pennsylvania and moved to Vermont at 20 in search of bandmates and bigger mountains. He spent the better half of twenty years fronting the bluegrass band Mud City Ramblers. While the years spent playing with the Ramblers were exciting to say the least, Chris never really felt that bluegrass resonated strongly with his writing. So 2021 seemed a suitable time to embark on a new musical adventure. So began the Chris Lyon Band. With a head and heart full of new songs the light in the studio was hardly ever off.
Chris Lyon's songs tell a story of hard times and struggles, a lifetime tangled in the dark web of addiction, and the search for the meaning of everything. But the story is not so much of the struggle but the rising above it all. Many are an introspective look back with no regret, and a hard fearless look forward. Their music could be described as rock, Americana, with maybe just a splash of country.
In 2021, Chris Lyon Band was fortunate enough to gain the help of Animal Farm Records producing and releasing some singles. Be on the lookout for the very first of these, Never Goin' Back To Michigan, set to be released at the end of August. You can preview the track right here by clicking the play icon in the lower left corner.