Josh Rouse

Josh Rouse

Jeremy D'Antonio (of San Geronimo) & Darren Nelson

Fri · June 1, 2018

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$25 adv / $28 door

This event is all ages

Josh Rouse
Josh Rouse
“Like a baseball player who quietly hits 30 home runs every year or a golfer who regularly finishes in the Top Ten, Josh Rouse's continued streak of excellence is easy to ignore and maybe even downplay a little” -- Tim Sendra, Allmusic.com

You don’t have to work hard to enjoy Rouse’s music. His songs present themselves to you with an open heart, an innate intelligence and an absolute lack of pretension. They are clear-eyed, empathetic and penetrating. Without pandering, they seek to satisfy both your ear and your understanding. The verses draw you in with telling detail, both musical and thematic, and the choruses lift and deliver. They resolve without seeming overly tidy or pat.

Josh Rouse was born in Nebraska, and following an itinerant upbringing he eventually landed in Nashville where he recorded his debut Dressed Like Nebraska (1998). The album’s acclaim led to tours with Aimee Mann, Mark Etzel and the late Vic Chestnut. The followup- Home (2000)—yielded the song “Directions” which Cameron Crowe used in his film Vanilla Sky.

“Every time I’ve made a record, I’ve tried to make it different from the last one,” says Rouse. “I always became fascinated by a different style of music. But at the end of the day, no matter how eclectic I try to make it, it’s my voice and melodic sensibility that tie things together.”

For his breakthrough album, 1972 (2003), which happens to be the year he was born, Rouse decided to cheer up a bit. Noting that he’d earned a reputation for melancholy, he says, with a laugh, “I figured this is my career, I might as well try to enjoy it.” While the Seventies are often identified with singer-songwriters, Rouse was primarily attracted to the warmer sound of albums back then, as well as the more communal feel of the soul music of that time. The follow up, Nashville (2005) continued the hot streak and expanded his audience further.

After relocating to Valencia, Spain with his wife Paz, Rouse has released a steady stream of high quality songs and albums. Subtitulo (2006) contained the international indie folk hit "Quiet Town". On El Turista (2010) he even experimented with writing and singing some songs in Spanish. In 2014, he won a Goya Award (the Spanish equivalent of an Oscar) for best song for "Do You Really Want To Be In Love," from the film 'La Gran Familia Española.'

His most recent release, The Embers of Time, was one of his strongest—self-described as “my surreal, ex-pat, therapy record.” Charles Pitter astutely noted in Pop Matters. “The critics may long for drama and scandal, but The Embers of Time often demonstrates that a simple life could be for the best.”
Jeremy D'Antonio (of San Geronimo) & Darren Nelson
Jeremy D'Antonio (of San Geronimo) & Darren Nelson
Jeremy D’Antonio is a musician who traces his creative roots to the holiest faith: the city known as Santa Fe. With the lush cultural history of the Creative City (a UNESCO designation) swirling around him, D’Antonio’s imaginative sensibilities pushed him to look back to move forward. Immersing himself in the rich tradition of Americana music, D’Antonio burst forward in creating a unique voice that is at once steeped in this land’s dynamic history and captures its ever-changing present. In his music, the future is a wide-open as the long stretch of highway between Santa Fe and Denver, Colorado, the city where D’Antonio refined his musicianship setting himself apart as a songwriter and guitarist in a scene that was exploding with new music. The Denver Daily News underscored this when they wrote: “Similar to Ryan Adams and Jay Farrar of Uncle Tupelo and Son Volt, Jeremy D’Antonio captures the mood of the country’s wide-open road and the possibilities and loneliness it can bring.”

D’Antonio’s band Tiny Television stood in the middle of the new music movement but also remained resolute to never relent. Always striving to grow and change, D’Antonio landed in San Francisco, refashioning Tiny Television into a community of musicians coming together to tell real stories. D’Antonio’s underlying belief in the power of music as soaring above life, chronicling everything unfolding below took on a new shape and meaning in his new city. And San Francisco took notice, particularly the venerable San Francisco indie-music festival Noise Pop, deeming D’Antonio’s work with Tiny Television as “Poppy like Spoon. Twangy like Ryan Adams. Gritty like the Mission. Moody enough to earn the ‘indie’ label, but simple enough to pull you into their world like it’s your own.”

Tiny Television is a group of great musicians who help deliver “the talent and emotion” of D’Antonio’s songwriting and his “powerful voice” as The Denver Post describes, to an America hungry for something that connects not separates us. D’Antonio and Tiny Television’s newest work, Mission Statement, displays what lies at the heart of all the music: sincerity and authenticity. “Jeremy D’Antonio and his band members deliver a solid honest to goodness album which simply put is a great collection of songs,” The American UK writes. “We are immediately in Americana country, not a place, more a state of mind, hard to describe but easily recognized.” It’s here where we see D’Antonio break away from the pack as the thoughtful troubadour and swaggering balladeer who understands that music can serve in the pursuit of the most important thing it can achieve: telling the truth. “His words are not obtuse, but rather, clear and economical,” the Denver Syntax writes. “His images are grounding, humble and listening to his work I picture D’Antonio in all the living rooms he has inhabited, with shades drawn, trying to get the feeling back into his fingers. If you are looking for an honest interaction, or for a picture of a broken-down but resurfacing man – stop and interact here.”
Venue Information:
The Chapel
777 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA, 94110
http://www.thechapelsf.com