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Preview: Grace Adele & The Grand Band / September 10 / Casa Nueva

By Kevin Biggs, Contributor

Casa Nueva / Thursday, September 10, 2015

Get ready to experience the feel of an old western saloon while listening to some good old fashioned, foot-tappin’, square-dancin’ Nashville folk music. Grace Adele & the Grand Band are coming to Casa Nueva Thursday night.

Grace Adele & the Grand Band is led by frontwoman Grace Adele, who serves as the songwriter, lead vocalist and guitarist. The rest of the band is made up by Keenan Wade on the mandolin, Erik Alvar on the upright bass and Chase Potter on the fiddle.

This folksy quartet has a self-described “acoustic, roots, folk-driven sound,” according to their leader, Adele. She personally is influenced and inspired by a number of classic, old-timey country and folk singers including Lyle Lovett, Patsy Cline and Gillian Welch.

Adele grew up in Columbus, Ohio and always loved singing. She got her start in music as a background singer for a band and eventually learned to play guitar, which led her to writing and performing her own songs. “There was a point that, when I picked up the guitar on my own time, I couldn't help but to write a song,” said Adele.

Adele has been touring with musical partner Keenan Wade for six years, playing throughout the southern and Midwestern states, including our very own Athens, Ohio. “We have played in Athens and The Paw Paw Festival. We love Athens!” said Adele. Recently they have been branching out further. “This year we made it out to California and played shows along the coast, L.A. and Napa Valley,” said Adele. “We are planning our first tour in Europe for 2016.”

The band has stayed busy over the past year, mostly playing in their current hometown, the Music City, Nashville, Tennessee. They’ve also been recording their latest album “Into the Wide Open Sky.” “I’m proud of this project--it features members of the Riders In the Sky, a Merle Travis cover and original songs I wrote,” Adele said of her latest project.

The album will be available online on Monday, September 14th, but if you catch the live show at Casa on Thursday. The band will have copies of its new record.

Adele is sure to put on a fun show when she breaks out the kazoo and mixes some percussive tap dance into her performance. However, she can also write some poignant lyrics. On writing songs, Adele said “I love writing songs based on self-discovery, time, space and the importance of our inner self.”

You can catch the band’s unique blend of indie folk, bluegrass, country and western swing at Casa Nueva this Thursday starting at 10:30 p.m.

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