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TRAE SHEEHAN w/ Ryan Burns and Jess Robbins

  • Uncommon Ground (Lakeview) 3800 North Clark Street Chicago, IL, 60613 United States (map)


An old soul from the eastern panhandle of West Virginia, twenty-year-old Trae Sheehan has been writing songs and performing since the age of ten. A lover of imagery and storytelling through lyrics based on old stories and poems, he never shies away from the hard stuff, instead setting it out in the open to be heard and discussed. Pulling inspiration from the country/rock sound of The Eagles, the folk roots of Bob Dylan, and the swift melodies of John Denver, his songs are written from a place of honesty with an understanding of people and culture gained through his travels and performances. With his guitar in hand and a new album ready to be released there’s no telling how far he’ll go.


Raised throughout the Midwest and living in Chicago, Ryan Burns plays music colored with the simple values of his surroundings. After spending his childhood singing and playing songs, it wasn't until he was an adult that he realized his calling to make music. He draws inspiration from American folk music like Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, but his songs are also influenced by music as varied as David Bowie, Mande drumming, and The Dubliners. All of these threads combine to form a sound that is at once accessible and hard to define. 


Jess Robbins wrote her first song in third grade about the distant and mysterious planet, Saturn. Today her songs focus the same sense of wonderment and reverie on subjects a little closer to the heart.  Her natural, flowing sense of phrasing and meter belies the hours of hard work spent honing her craft.

In 2010, Jess released her first album, Dear Fred, to positive reviews, and she has continued to play all over her native Chicago. In 2012 she released her EP, Habitat, and is planning on releasing a new full length album June 2018. Time Out Chicago called Jessica a promising new artist and wrote that her “smart songs veer toward the folkier end of the rock spectrum but often recall the bite of Aimee Mann.” Her songs explore the mysterious side of life - Jess truly enjoys the wild, electric combination of inspiration, spontaneity and music.