Thursday, September 09, 2010

Gwyneth & Monko Announce Southeast Tour with Laura Meyer in November

From opposite sides of the continent, New York’s soulful folk rock poet Laura Meyer and the San Francisco Bay Area’s emerging indie-folk duo Gwyneth & Monko will be meeting up in the Southeast this November for a group of shows together.

At 26 years old, Laura Meyer has performed nearly 400 independent shows throughout the United States and Europe, including performances at the Telluride Bluegrass and Rocky Mountain Folks Festivals. While based in the Northeast, she is permanently on the road, connecting with audiences the old-fashioned way… live. This is where Meyer’s emotionally-driven performance thrives, igniting rooms and leaving listeners inspired, if not transformed.

With a voice that invokes Jenny Lewis’ solo work crossed with the intimate folk of Gillian Welch; Gwyneth & Monko evoke a feeling of nostalgia rooted deep in classic country fundamentals. Lyrics lace together fictional female characters, while the down-home style mirrors the musicians’ earnest lives stemming from their childhood into young adults and touring musicians. Featuring soulful vocals by Gwyneth with intricate instrumentation by Monko on both electric and acoustic guitars as well as mandolin, this energetic duo blends old timey folk sentiments with modern indie-folk sounds.

So far in 2010, road warriors Laura Meyer and Gwyneth & Monko have individually played over 90 shows, each with full upcoming fall tours spanning the entire United States.

Traveling the interstates, mountain passes and back roads of this vast country to share their music with the masses, it is no wonder that last spring they finally crossed paths and co-billed a show in the historically spiritual epicenter of Ojai, CA. The intimate show at The Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts in Ojai spawned a friendship between the artists based on a common love of travel and music and a mutual respect for each other’s lives on the road. Seven months after that fateful meeting in the dry hills of California, Laura Meyer and Gwyneth & Monko will meet up again, only this time in the Smokey Mountains of Tennessee.

Gwyneth & Monko/Laura Meyer Tour Dates
11/6/10 Acoustic Coffeehouse, Johnson City, TN
11/7/10 Karma, Greenville, SC
11/8/10 Mo Daddy's , Asheville, NC
11/9/10 WonderRoot in Atlanta, GA
11/10/10 Terrapin Brew in Athens, GA
11/11/10 Firestorm in Asheville, NC
11/12/10 Bottega, Wilmington, NC
11/13/10 Smokey Joe's, Charlotte, NC