Surrender Hill in Concert
$20 Advance, $22 Door, $25 Priority Seating
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Years before forming the Americana duo Surrender Hill, songwriters Robin Dean Salmon and Afton Seekins chased their own muses as solo artists.
Salmon was an award-winning rock n roll frontman who'd spent the first half of his adolescence in South Africa. During the early '80s, his family relocated to a longhorn ranch in Texas, where Salmon found himself listening to a cross-cultural mix of Bob Wills, the Sex Pistols, Marty Robbins and the Clash. He took up songwriting at 15 years old, launched the band See No Evil soon after high school, and later moved the group to New York City, landing a major-label deal with Sony Music in the process. A decade later, though, Salmon found himself drawn to the rootsy sounds he'd heard as a child on the ranch, where cattle workers would strum country songs after a hard day's work. Inspired, he relaunched a career as an alt-country songwriter, eventually crossing paths with Seekins - his future bandmate and wife - while playing shows in Sedona Arizona.
Meanwhile, Seekins grew up splitting her time between an Alaskan fishing village and an Arizona frontier town. Summers were spent in one location; school years were spent in another. Throughout it all, she honed her talent for dancing, eventually moving to New York City during her 20s and finding success as a choreographer. Unable to resist the need to pursue songwriting, she later headed back to Arizona, where she turned the contents of her personal journal into the lyrics of her very first songs.
Separately, Salmon and Seekins are strong, sharp-voiced musicians, with songs inspired by their colorful and unusual backgrounds. Together, they're something bigger: a soulful, countri-fied duo whose music nods not only to America's rural pockets, but also to the world at large. “Got a little country in my soul [and] a little bit rock & roll,” they sing in “A Whole Lot of Freedom,” their voices wrapped around one another in loving harmony. The title track to their fourth album, “A Whole Lot of Freedom” shines new light on Surrender Hill, whose name was taken from the landmark in South Africa where the Anglo-Boer War came to a close. Like the song it-self and, indeed, the band's namesake, too, A Whole Lot of Freedom, album number 4 for the duo, doubles down on themes of freedom and togetherness, written and performed by a duo of songwriters who've fought their own battles and suffered their own scars, only to surrender to, and find peace with, each other. A roots-rock record filled with harmonized vocals, electric guitar, and swooning fiddle, A Whole Lot of Freedom proves that Surrender Hill's road-dog status - the result of a busy touring schedule that often finds the band playing more than 200 international shows a year. In a world of increasingly disposable culture, Surrender Hill mines a truly rare vein - Substance.
For this one unique evening, special guest Dan Bresnan joins the group.
Dan Bresnan (Vocals/Acoustic Guitar) is an international recording artist, guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, as well as a revered luthier (Bresnan Guitars). His well acclaimed Bresnan Blues Band’s 2014 debut CD, “Party in My Backseat” has received rave reviews and has been in regular rotation on radio stations across Europe. Dan’s performance and songwriting style is a fusion of folk rock, Americana, Roots, Blues, Classic Rock, influenced also by 40’s and 50’s pop standards. Dan is currently a member of A.S.C.A.P., the Guild of American Luthiers, and Chamber Music Sedona.
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