Tonight the Terrace features three relatively local acts, including a recent expatriate of Madison, Jeremiah Nelson.
In 2008, Jeremiah’s band The Achilles Heel put out the album Take Me Down the Interstate. After the band split up, Nelson followed up with a well-accepted solo EP, Drugs to Make You Sober With a raw, honky tonk sound, Nelson definitely brings a unique sound to the Madison music scene. In its year-end Best of Madison Records list, A.V. Club called the title track to Drugs to Make You Sober “stunning,” with a “clickety-clack percussion leading listeners through the wandering intro and into perhaps the most powerful, arresting chorus you’re likely to hear this year.” Check out that title track and download the album for the price of your choice at Nelson’s bandcamp. Nelson recently relocated to Minnesota, so tonight’s show will be a great (and free) homecoming.
Also playing this Thursday night is Cedarwell, a band from Sheboygan. With his Iron & Wine appearance and Justin Vernon aura, Erik Neave has surely attracted a strong Wisconsin following. Cedarwell is a perfect example of a great Wisconsin folk act. “We’re starting to believe that there really is something lurking over the grassy hills and slipping through the tree trunks and foliage of rural Wisconsin that unhinges a man’s soul, just a little bit more than other hills, tree trunks and foliage,” Daytrotter said in their description that accompanied Cedarwell’s session. Traditionally, Cedarwell is a three-man band, but Neave will often fly solo, and even put out his own self-titled album in 2003. The band’s recent 2010 album, A Stone, A Leaf, A Door, (also available for preview at bandcamp) was received well by the alt-folk community. We can only hope that Cedarwell will obtain the same success that Bon Iver has.
Last but not least is Chants. The solo project of Mama Digdown’s Brass Band’s bass drummer, Jordan Cohen, you’d never guess this talented artist was in a funk-and-jazz outfit by hearing Chants’ music. The title track from the May-released Night After EP draws comparisons to James Blake and Jamie Lidell. Check it out at Chants’ bandcamp. It’s definitely worth your time.
Come on down to the Terrace for great music tonight. Check out Nelson’s “Nothing to Lose” video below.