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Fruit Bats (solo)

(((folkYEAH!))) Presents

Fruit Bats (solo)

Meg Baird

Wed, September 20, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

The Chapel

San Francisco, CA

$18 adv / $20 door

This event is all ages

Eric D. Johnson
Eric D. Johnson
Sometimes a story can take a long time to tell. Eric D. Johnson, who has recorded and performed as the Fruit Bats for a decade now, had a story like that, a chance encounter that had rattled around his head for years. He’s tried to write it as a short story, a play, a movie…yet until now couldn’t get it down just right. Finally he decided to make a song out of it, and the result is “Tony the Tripper.” It’s the song at the heart of his fifth album, Tripper, setting the tone for a bittersweet meditation on hitting the road, leaving the familiar behind and reinventing yourself.

The story goes like this. Just after turning 20, Johnson boarded a train from Chicago to see his sister in Olympia, Washington. A grizzled vagabond—Tony—took the seat next to him for the ride to Fargo, North Dakota. Over the next 12 hours the two developed a strange relationship, the cantankerous oldster alternately bullying and befriending Johnson. A decade or so later, Johnson is still bemused by the encounter, wondering what he could have learned from this broken, frightening, but fascinating character. The song “Tony the Tripper” imagines the two of them heading out on a road trip, the idealist and the outlaw cutting a swath across America.
Meg Baird
Meg Baird
"Meg Baird's songs blend reassuring traditions with modern uncertainties, creating music that's engrossing and gently disquieting. Her singing is light and true, and her songs are unhurried, gradually unfurling her clear and cryptic observations to the accompaniment of her fingerpicked acoustic guitar. Baird's roots reach back to the North Carolina folk songs collected in the early 20th century by her great-great uncle I.G. Greer, but she's also a member of the Philadelphia-based, second-generation psychedelic band Espers. On her 2007 solo album, Dear Companion, Baird proved to have a special knack for covering songs and making them her own." – David Garland/NPR
Venue Information:
The Chapel
777 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA, 94110
http://www.thechapelsf.com