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Era Surfing, Incredibly Talented Mollie O'Brien & Rich Moore In January


Marc & I were up at the INCREDIBLE Bohemian Nights Festival up in Fort Collins this year and caught Mollie & Rich during their show.   Mollie's voice & Rich's guitar chops are just jaw dropping.   We can't believe that it has taken us this long to get them up to the house.   This January concert will be memorable!

Mollie O'Brien and her husband, guitarist Rich Moore, have for nearly 30 years quietly made it their mission to find, mine and reinvent other artists' songs. They are geniuses at the craft of interpretation in the way that great singers, since the beginning of popular American music, have made the songs of their era their own.   As songwriters they add their own tunes to the canon of American roots music they inhabit and show us they are completely at home with their musical selves.

Grammy winner Mollie has long been known as a singer who doesn't recognize a lot of musical boundaries, and audiences love her fluid ability to make herself at home in any genre while never sacrificing the essence of the song she tackles. She is a singer at the very top of her game who's not afraid to take risks both vocally and in the material she chooses. Rich, while known to produce some of the funniest onstage running commentary, is also a powerhouse guitar player who can keep up with O'Brien's twists and turns from blues to traditional folk to jazz to rock and roll. He creates a band with just his guitar and, as a result, theirs is an equal partnership. 

Their latest release is Love Runner on Remington Road Records.

Richard Shindell: He's one of our great songwriters. One of our great writers, period. - Slate


We have it on very good authority that this is going to be an incredible tour for Richard.   The lineup for soundcheck mentions that he is traveling with several of his favorite guitars advising us that we need to build in extra time to ensure optimal audio.

Richard Shindell is an incredible storyteller! Whitney first fell for him hearing the original Cry, Cry, Cry recording. It turned out that Marc & Richard knew each other - tangentially - from college. Join us up on the hill for another great night of music.

Originally from New York, now dividing his time between Buenos Aires, Argentina and New York's Hudson Valley, Richard Shindell is a writer whose songs paint pictures, tell stories, juxtapose ideas and images, inhabit characters, vividly evoking entire worlds along the way and expanding our sense of just what it is a song may be. From his first record, Sparrow's Point (1992) to his current release, Careless (September 2016), Shindell has explored the possibilities offered by this most elastic and variable of cultural confections: the song.

Shindell continues to tour nationally in the United States, with the occasional forays into Canada, the UK, and Europe. Although known primarily as songwriter, Shindell takes a more holistic view of his career. Producer, writer, singer, guitarist, interpreter: it all adds up to a life in music.

1st Time @ FHC - Stephen Kellogg


We are honored to host Stephen Kellogg up on the hill in late November. Over the last decade Stephen has performed more than 1500 concerts in more than a dozen countries, both solo and with a band. In 2013 Kellogg gave a TEDx Talk about job satisfaction. Recently on a tour of Europe, SK (as fans often refer to him) made a detour to play the Middle East, Africa and an aircraft carrier for the Armed Forces. Upon returning to the USA, he started his annual lyric writing campaign to raise money and awareness in the fight against pediatric cancer. At first glance none of this has anything to do with his music, but Stephen Kellogg would argue, it is the whole story. The music I make is a reflection of how I spend my time and what I care deeply about.

When it comes to performing, CBS Radio has called Stephen, the best live act you've never seen.  Another writer at No Depression magazine gives him the oddly flattering title of the best songwriter you're not listening to.  Interestingly though while Kellogg may not be a household name at present, he has persisted in building a substantial career, which has landed him on stage with some of the biggest touring acts in the country (Train, Sugarland, OAR, Josh Ritter to name a few), in the billboard charts, and with his songs as the backdrop of numerous films and TV shows (One Tree Hill, Men of a Certain Age, Mercy). Perhaps most importantly to Kellogg, he's ingratiated himself into the lives of his listeners. That sort of mentality has garnered him descriptions like this one from Macaroni Kid, an unassuming manner, self-deprecating humor, a heart for those around him 100% genuine and utterly moving. His Americana-tinged, sometimes folk, often rock, occasionally pop stylings can make Kellogg hard to define, and his most recent four-part album South, West, North, East embraces the notion of genre splitting to the fullest.

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