PETE LIM, ANDY ZIPF, & LEVI WEAVER
Sunday, January 13th
8:00pm / doors at 6:30pm
Advance general admission: $8
At the door: $12
Table of 4 reserved seats: $40
“I’ve been doing the more aggressive thing for a few years, so this is a little newer direction for me on a record,” ANDY ZIPF says of ‘Jealous Hands.’
Andy Zipf (pronounced ZIFF) has stretched well beyond feverous guitar playing and dug deeper into his coined intimate falsetto voice on his third full length, Jealous Hands. Forgoing the usual process of trying to capture the delicate tight rope of his live show — revival energy cascading into quiet moments of revel — producer Jeremy Griffith (Norma Jean, Guiltmaker) and Zipf whittled down the twenty songs culled for Jealous Hands to ten. With a full day devoted to each song, there was no guide other than letting the muse carry each song for the day, often times surprising the two. The end result is the most soft-spoken release of the performing singer/songwriter’s career; an Americana record true and pure that stands free of the genre connotations that such a word brings. This is over a year of Zipf’s life captured, from the non-stop life on the road to what ends up coming home, Jealous Hands is his story and his soundtrack.
With well over 400 shows played in a little over four years Zipf has held close to a play anywhere for anyone mentality performing at coffee shops, house shows, and the standard venues. Zipf chose out of necessity to go out into the no man’s land of touring alone. He held no desire to move to a city cluttered with agents and label relations out of hopes of getting the big record deal. For the D.C. artist music is about the connection it brings and the bond it creates; and the only way to achieve that is to play for anyone at anyplace.
“If you can’t do that then why are you doing it?” Zipf remarks. Much like his heroes (Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, and Paul Simon) Zipf has taken the long road avoiding the begrudging conventional path laid out by the music industry and built an audience through friendships and not quick marketing shuffles, corporate admired ads, and digital spam.
It’s these close knitted relationships to his fans and constant touring to earn an audience that has gained Zipf a lot of success without following the traditional model. From being a PurePick at Purevolume twice, to grabbing the attention of The Today Show, XM Satellite Radio, VH1 and MTV, to now having the song Stumble on the Line featured on the ABC show Private Practice. Zipf has shared the stage with artists like Cold War Kids, Jeremy Enigk, Badly Drawn Boy, Rosie Thomas and Dave Bazan.
Each of Zipf ‘s seven releases have carried their own story on how they were made. For his 2009 sophomore album, The Long Tail, Zipf took to playing a series of fundraising concerts, house shows and investor parties, ending with $45,000 donated to produce The Long Tail, a passion stirring release that brought touches of soul to his ever evolving sound. Without a doubt the album’s support proves that belief goes a lot father than a social website’s play count.
“I don’t think I’ve ever done anything this personal before,” said Zipf, as ‘Jealous Hands’ is far more than just another record, it’s an album of breaking safety. Where Zipf once interjected himself into songs at small moments as a guest visiting he’s now made himself the main character, and his life the setting.
“There are things through out the whole record that I’m referring to this hope that I feel and determination,” Zipf said. From the confessing struggle that inspired the narrative of Promise and Purpose while on To Write Love On Her Arms tour to Gracious Woman, a song for his wife on her countless support for him, despite the absence his art can cause.
“This is sort of a blue-collar musician’s story,” Zipf said. And now with a full band to back ‘Jealous Hands’ a new chapter in that story has begun.
- Matt DeBenedictis
After his first EP, “Civil War Between My Heart and Mind”, reached the Top 10 iTunes Folk chart, and his first full length LP, “You Are Never Close to Home, You Are Never Far From Home”, saw him touring 46 states, 2 Canadian Provinces and 5 countries, LEVI WEAVER is back with “The Letters of Dr. Kurt Gödel”. Based loosely on the work of a mid-20th century logician, this concept album explores the character’s search for truth as he explores (and ultimately rejects) imperfect and incomplete versions of love, hope, and faith before peering over the brink of madness…
“Every line drips with intelligence – yet in an accessible way designed for the common man’s listening pleasure. With exceptionally clever phrasing, masterful storytelling and amazing use of theme”
ATLANTIS MUSIC FESTIVAL LISTENING COMMITTEE
“Weaver was a one-man work of art, a black leather machine of energy… A natural. He looked, acted and performed like a true, artistic star with a genuine nature, spirit and smarts. A+”
CITYBEAT, CINCINNATI’S ALT-WEEKLY
“(The) songwriting is much more interesting than the typical ‘I’m in love. I have a love lost’ songs that we all hear on the radio. When I heard the album I was blown away…”
ADAM BERNARD, ADAMSWORLD.COM, NYC (a Top 10 Music Blog)
“Weaver had me in the palm of his hand with… earnest, heart worn songs. …surprisingly endearing and poignant.”
DAVE HERRERA, WESTWORD.COM, DENVER, CO.
“To call Levi Weaver an overachiever is like saying it gets a trifle hot in the Sahara. This Texas-by-way-of-Tennessee artist is a musical wunderkind with grand ambitions. That combo leads to an extravagant exploit… flush with a variety of tones and textures.”
PERFORMING SONGWRITER MAGAZINE
“Levi won a competition to support me in Birmingham, UK. He was so fantastic that he sold all of his CDs and took twice as many mail orders. The crowd really warmed to him (as did I), so I took him on my US tour. He opened the show beautifully. He went down a storm, and I’m excited for what lies ahead in Levi’s world”
IMOGEN HEAP, GRAMMY AWARD NOMINEE
“…spellbound by Levi Weaver for sure, and with good reason. His alternative country, folk, singer/songwriter, acoustic jams, whatever you want to call them, captivated the audience to such an awed silence… Weaver is one of those artists you need to see live to appreciate his talent, because he comes as a one man band, recording and looping different guitar parts, beats, harmonica and vocals until a stunning soundscape swirls the room as he croons into the microphone. His lyrics are exceptional…”
TIFFANY KILFEATHER, CMJ RELAY, THE CMJ STAFF BLOG
“Brutal Honesty at the deepest level, written and sung with heartfelt conviction. Brilliant, both lyrically and melodically” TRAVIS MEADOWS, 2001 ASCAP AWARD-WINNING SONGWRITER
“It’s good to see someone so willing to engage the audience. I was impressed at how your songs are layered and peppered with imaginative ideas. You held the audience throughout, and I hope you can accept that as a profound appreciation.”
MARKUS SARGEANT, BOOKER/PROMOTER, GLEE CLUB, BIRMINGHAM, UK
“I have never, EVER seen anyone hold a crowd’s attention like that in here. They were totally silent when he was singing, and absolutely raucous when he finished a song. I’ve never seen anything like it in my four years here.”
TOM JONES, PROMOTER/BOOKING AGENT, SUNFLOWER SESSIONS AT THE SUNFLOWER LOUNGE, BIRMINGHAM, UK
“…has to be one of the musical discoveries of the year…Levi’s voice is a high tenor which ranges from the purest of notes to the anguished roar of the hurting heart…wistfully sad evocations of a betrayed lover, wry observations of the paradoxes of love and…every line of every song is honed with the elegance of a poet.”
TONY CUMMINGS, CROSSRYTHMS.COM
“LOVE it! I’m very impressed…” / “[The EP] is actually, absolutely bloody fantastic.”
EMMA SCOTT/SEAN COLEMAN, 105.2 KERRANG RADIO, BIRMINGHAM, UK
“Weaver was a one-man musical octopus. Not only did he play guitar and sing using reverb and delay, he played harmonica, sang through two different mics, at times using a violin bow to play his guitar, and then some… a superb showman — completely at ease, joking with the crowd, engaging and entertaining…between his boot stomping intensity, heart, grit and gutsy performance, Weaver was a one-man work of art. A+.”
C.A. MACCONNELL, CITYBEAT, CINCINNATI [ALT-WEEKLY]
Aside from the new album, Weaver has received significant airplay on a number of college radio stations, XM (Channel 50, The Loft) and Pandora. He also recently had a song, titled “Make It Better”, re-recorded by singer-songwriter Gary Nock. The song has since been placed in a national ad campaign for Mars Chocolate in the United Kingdom.