Joe Rut

DeliRadio Presents lOAKal Free Wednesdays

Joe Rut

Loretta Lynch, Melody Walker and Jacob Groopman

Wednesday 12/12

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

The New Parish

Oakland, CA

This is a Free Event Sponsored by Trumer Pils

This event is 21 and over

No cover, $3 Beer, $3 Food

Joe Rut
Joe Rut
Joe Rut was born, and then later started playing guitar, writing songs, and eating donuts. He realizes that the donuts are killing him. In a nod to his eclecticism, his fans have compared him to influences as disparate as Todd Snider, They Might Be Giants, The Grateful Dead, Frank Zappa, and Ween. His live shows have earned him a cult status, among those in-the-know, as a crafty guitarist and a clever songwriter who disarms the listener with humor while airing weightier fare.

Joe has headlined at San Francisco's Great American Music Hall and in his various bands he has played at England's Glastonbury Music Festival, San Francisco's famed Fillmore (opening for Richard Thompson), the second stages at Shoreline and Sleep Train Amphitheaters (opening for Alabama), Nevada's Burning Man Festival, and Santa Cruz's Y2K Live Looping Festival. Of all these gigs, the only one that had a good donut was the Glastonbury Music Festival. The Brits know how to make a donut.

Joe's song "Dosey Doe" was voted #1 song on SomaFMs Bootliquor radio by listeners in September 2010, and his music ("Control Freak") has been featured on NPR’s Undercurrents. His song "Jelly Donut" inspired a feature about food-based songs in the San Francisco Chronicle, and he has appeared in Guitar Player Magazine. Joe's Dante-esque epic tragi-comedy, "The Horse I Rode In On" won "Best Song" in West Coast Songwriter's Open Mic in June 2009. He was recently honored in Berkeley by a Joe Rut Cover Night, in which local artists took turns playing his songs.

Joe pays homage to American roots music (he was a founding member of twang-harmony band Loretta Lynch), but he reaches for the tips of new branches too, with an experimentalism that has landed him, for instance, in a headlining slot at the 2006 Boise Experimental Music Festival (in his guitar-centric duo Lumper/Splitter with musical foil Lucio Menegon). Joe has played guitar in many San Francisco Bay Area bands including The Spikedrivers, 86, Okie, The Verms, and with Henry Kaiser.

Though Joe’s music is American, nobody seems to be guarding the borders too closely.


Joe Rut: Joe Rut Live (2012)
Joe Rut: Injured While Faking own Death (2010)
Joe Rut: The Challenge of 4-Track (2008)
Joe Rut: Stop-Gap Measure (2008)
Joe Rut: All Music is Folk Music...Some Folks is Just Fucked Up (2003)
Joe Rut: Genuine Wood Grained Finished (1999)
Loretta Lynch
Loretta Lynch
Loretta has blazed trails, having played San Francisco's acclaimed Great American Music Hall and Slim’s nightclubs, live radio performances (including twice on NPR’s West Coast Live), multiple appearances at England's famed Glastonbury Music Festival, and performances on the second stages at the Sleep Train Pavilion and Shoreline Amphitheatre opening for Alabama. Loretta Lynch appeared on NPR's 'Marketplace' website as one of the "Great Pop Music Artists of Today", and has lassoed a devoted and steadily growing local fan base.

Let this city quintet with the country heart break yours into tiny jagged pieces and lift it up again with the ease of a shot glass. It’s a little bit front stoop, a little bit backwoods, it’s the art motel on a long stretch of highway…it’s Loretta Lynch!

"Loretta Lynch plays the sort of California country-lover's country that has no past, as if it rolled in on a wave one day and set up shop. Buttery vocal harmonies and wary rhythms convey timeless tales about heartbreak, coming home, and growing old that still manage to sound utterly modern."
- East Bay Express
Melody Walker and Jacob Groopman
Melody Walker and Jacob Groopman
Hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area and the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, respectively, singer-songwriter Melody Walker and picker extraordinaire Jacob Groopman have fused their influences into a style they like to call “Americali.” They define it as Americana with a California twist, but of course, it’s much more. Drawing from genres including bluegrass, rock, jazz, classical, Afrobeat, samba and Balkan folk, yet staying close to their American folk roots, the duo create literate music that honors tradition, yet sounds completely of the moment.

On Walker’s debut album, GOLD RUSH GODDESS, the couple wrap their voices in tight harmony over intricate textures of banjo, guitar and mandolin as they sing of ancient truths and futuristic myths, conveying a stunning level of songwriting and musical versatility throughout.

Recorded in a historic general store on a remote sea cliff in Caspar, Calif., the songs contain not only lush melodies and solid grooves, but the ambient sounds of birds and waves echoing off organic surfaces, imbuing these tracks with a natural feel that’s the antithesis of studio sterility.

Acting as co-producers, with engineer Calvin Turnbull at the soundboard, Walker and Groopman frequently recorded live through four mics, adding layers afterward. Both played a variety of instruments including guitar, percussion, bass, melodica and synthesizer; Walker also played piano, tenor banjo and organ, while Groopman added banjo and drums. They also tapped in-studio collaborators including bluegrass band the Bucky Walters (on “Do What you Love Blues” and “Family Band”), Rondo Brothers and Foster the People producer Jim Greer (on “Gotta Write Love Songs”) and fiddler Alisa Rose of Real Vocal String Quartet and 49 Special (on the title track).

Both Walker and Groopman grew up surrounded by music. Her father is musician and songwriter and her mother owns an auto body shop in her hometown of Martinez, Calif. (the subject of gorgeous “Martinez,” which Walker delivers as if she’s breathing an existentialist sigh). They turned her on to the Beatles, bluegrass and bossa nova, and cultivated both her love of metal/prog-rock (Tool, Led Zeppelin, King Crimson) and female singer-songwriters (including “huge archetypes” Tori Amos and Ani DiFranco).

“My parents gave me the music and the drive — a dangerous combo,” she jokes, adding with a more serious tone, “It became the fabric that gave meaning to the world and gave me a place in it.”

That foundation led to a bachelor’s degree in music from Humboldt State University, where she co-founded the women’s world-music/fusion a cappella group AkaBella.

Groopman, who grew up in Richmond, Va., says his first love was rock ‘n’ roll, but he got turned on to old American folk and bluegrass via the Grateful Dead — which, it should be noted, started out as a jug band. Groopman actually played jug-band music at Oberlin College while earning a degree in jazz guitar; after moving to the San Francisco Bay area (where the Dead formed and flourished), he jumped into the local bluegrass scene. He also toured extensively with the Afrobeat band Albino! and country-rockers the Real Nasty.

But these days, the pair are concentrating on making music together — along with family and friends. In fact, the video for the song “Family Band” (which came to Walker in a dream shortly after she met Groopman) features lots of both.

But despite the sentiment expressed in the upbeat, slightly poppy track “Gotta Write Love Songs,” Walker says she doesn’t write many, so she borrowed one from her father, “Stars Align.” She and Groopman also cover Blondie’s “Dreaming,” giving it a contemplative, mandolin-centric treatment worthy of Gillian Welch and David Rawlings.

“Do What You Love Blues” offers another pleasant surprise, segueing from a fingerpoppin’ a cappella call-and-response intro to a harmony-filled bluegrass breakdown. On “Get Back,” she wraps her muscular, bluesy vocals around Groopman’s snaky slide-guitar riffs.
Venue Information:
The New Parish
579 18th St
Oakland, CA, 94612