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THE NOUVEAUX HONKIES w/ Joe Asselin and Mary Jo Curry - 8PM | $12

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

In mid-2014, Rebecca Dawkins and Tim O’Donnell of The Nouveaux Honkies hoisted anchor and set sail in their rebuilt RV. The journey started in South Florida and took them as far west as the Rockies, as far north as the Great Lakes, as far east as Cape Cod, and returned south for the winter. It’s been somewhere around 150 thousand miles, 600 shows, and at least one million smiles that have influenced The Nouveaux Honkies and their latest recording, Loud in Here, which was released on March 2, 2018.

Loud In Here is their third full-length release and their second album recorded at The Zone in the Hill Country of Dripping Springs, Texas. It’s a culmination of the bonds they have made across the country with the community and the land. This album features special guests: Bill Kirchen, Ephraim Owens, Nate Rowe, Chris Gage, Lloyd Maines, Pat Manske and Tim Buppert.

The record spans a full emotional gauntlet, and Rebecca Dawkins’ fiddling has expanded into a fantastic singing presence. From humor and quirky duets like “Will and Faith,“ “Big Heart, Hard Head,” and their version of “The Reason Our Kids Are Ugly,” they tell the story that their love for each other is true and sincere. The innovative ballads like “The Glades,” “Loud In Here,” and “Heart Can’t Live Here” are tough and tender moments of reflection. From the cover of the timeless classic, “Wichita Lineman,” to pumping rockers like “Today Won’t Be Easy” and “Playing Cards With Myself,” this new record is a musical rollercoaster.

Joe Asselin is a musician based out of Champaign, IL. He is a multi instrumentalist that performs all spectrums of music, which allows him to experiment with different aspects of styles as well as add his own flavor of music in each endeavor. He performs as a solo acoustic artist, fronts his band Joe Asselin and The Moonlight Ramblers, and is a hired instrumentalist for country artist John David Daily, blues artist Mary Jo Curry, Kilborn Alley Blues Band, and Americana act The Barnyard Revival.

Throughout the past 20 years, Joe has performed throughout the country and has had international success with his previous bands Kilborn Alley Blues Band 2000-2009 as their harmonica player and The Sugar Prophets 2010-2015 as their lead and rhythm guitarist. Asselin still performs with the Kilborn Alley boys when they are in need of his services, which now include slide guitar, lead guitar, rhythm guitar, and harmonica. 

As a solo acoustic artist, Joe has released one acoustic album called Blue Genes, which reached #21 on the iTunes chart the day of its release in April 2016. He is currently concentrating on writing originals influenced by classic country blues.

You don't find the blues; the blues finds you. This statement couldn't be more signified in the life of Mary Jo Curry. Curry, a professional musical theater performer by trade, discovered the blues in full in 2011 when she was asked to lead a local blues band in Springfield, Illinois. Since then, the blues have carried her to stages all over the Midwest, allowing her to work with many well-known artists. One such artist, award-winning guitarist James Armstrong, produced her eponymous first release that hit #1 on the Classic Blues chart for Roots Music Report for 3 weeks in 2016. The album also spawned 3 Top 10 singles on the Classic Blues Singles chart, getting airplay on every major blues outlet around the globe. Curry hopes to continue the momentum in 2017 with several featured spots at blues festivals coast to coast and the release of her sophomore follow-up in 2018.