SARANAC LAKE - The "Saturday Night Scene" concert series presents former Wailin' Jennys standout Annabelle Chvostek at Bluseed Studios Saturday, Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in Saranac Lake.
Montreal-based Chvostek is currently on a world tour in support of her new solo release "Resilience," which recently earned her a 2008 Canadian Folk Music Award nomination for Best Contemporary Album of the Year. Tickets for the show are $12; $10 for Bluseed members.
In 2004, when Annabelle joined the Wailin' Jennys, the rest of the world found out what a grassroots network of Canadian roots fans had known for several years: that Chvostek is a formidable songwriter, a versatile multi-instrumentalist, and a fearless and innovative artist whose beguiling left-of-centre compositions straddle the divide between mainstream roots and acoustic indie pop.
Chvostek's songs were repeatedly singled out by critics as highlights of the Jennys' Juno-nominated CD, Firecracker. "Devil's Paintbrush Road" is still the most downloaded song from the album on iTunes, and it was the #1 song at US Folk Radio in 2006. It remained at #3 in 2007.
Now, after two and a half years of recording and touring with the Jennys, Chvostek has released her much-anticipated solo album, "Resilience." The theme, as the title suggests, is resilience, with relationships often serving as a metaphor or jumping off point for looking at how human kind survives its own foibles and the resulting "craziness" of the world.
The sound of the album could best be described as "contemporary urban roots," a style in which acoustic instruments are front and center, but in which strategically placed programmed beats and electro-acoustic elements wrap themselves gently and tastefully around the strings, at times building the sound to a subtle crescendo such as on the title track.
Guests include Bruce Cockburn, renowned alternative-country artist Mary Gauthier on backing vocals, Ani DiFranco alumnus Julie Wolf on keyboard and accordion and multiple Juno nominee Michael Jerome Browne on assorted strings.
Taken together, the innovative production values and insightful lyrics make "Resilience" a warm and enveloping album about the possibilities for change and redemption.
Bluseed Studio's Saturday Night Scene is sponsored in part by the Rivendell Foundation and a Developing Community Arts Grant with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program administered locally by the Arts Council for the Northern Adirondacks.
To reserve seats and find out more information call 891-3799 or visit www.bluseedstudios.org.