Paul Pfau – Tickets – Gypsy Sally’s – Washington, DC – January 25th, 2014

Paul Pfau

Gypsy Sally's Presents

Paul Pfau

The Morrison Brothers Band, Kenny Kohlhaas

Sat, January 25, 2014

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

$10 in advance; $15 day of show

This event is 21 and over

Americana,Pop,Country,Blues; Online sales stop at 5pm day of show then tix avail at door unless posted as sold out

Paul Pfau
Paul Pfau
Paul Pfau (like "wow") is a soulful singer-songwriter and guitar player from the Baltimore-Washington Metro Area.
With hands like Hendrix and a voice that croon's with Sinatra's charm, Paul brings an authentic sound to the modern era. His unique approach to music combines blues & New Orleans funk rhythms, with classic & contemporary sounding pop melodies. Since graduating from Shepherd University with an Economics degree in 2010, Paul has averaged over 150 gigs a year. By 2011 he was nominated Best New Artist by the Washington Area Music Association, opened for The Lumineers, and had the distinct pleasure of jamming with the Beach Boys. In 2012 he began recording his debut full length album "Happy To Be" on which he worked with award-winning mixing engineer Jeff Juliano, who was responsible for the debut records of John Mayer, Jason Mraz, and Dave Matthews Band. This year, Paul and his band will travel the east coast on the release of "Happy To Be" (now available on iTunes) and is opening for blues legends Sonny Landreth & Maceo Parker.
The Morrison Brothers Band
The Morrison Brothers Band
Farming the fertile soil between mainstream country music and southern rock, the Morrison Brothers Band has the pedal to the metal in support of their new Self-Titled EP. Willie (vocals) and Truman (guitar) Morrison, Matt (drums) and Kevin (guitar) Nolan and honorary brother Derrick Royer (bass) have spent eight years preparing for the moment and are poised to make a leap to the next level.

The Morrison Brothers Band comes to Nashville from Washington, D.C., after reaching the regional ceiling with three self-released albums, a growing digital presence and regular headlining shows at the legendary 1,200-capacity 9:30 Club. So while the move to Nashville seems abrupt, the truth is the brothers were already headed this way. But it took a flurry of events in a short period of time to light the fuse.

The first? Meeting Maggie Rose, the Nashville singer-songwriter with an independent streak. The brothers opened for her a handful of times on appearances in the D.C. area, where she also grew up. Rose was impressed and brought her future husband and Play It Again Publishing VP Austin Marshall to a show. He immediately saw the possibilities.

Rose, amongst her many credits, wrote the Comcast Sports theme song for the NFL’s Washington Redskins. The company contacted the brothers about writing a song for the NHL’s Washington Capitals after seeing them perform together.

“That was kind of like the first litmus test,” Kevin Nolan said. “See if you can write a rock song about hockey,” Matt Nolan said with a laugh. “If you can write something like that that doesn’t suck, you’re going to do just fine.”

Around the same time the boys got attention from Nashville in a different way when Clay Walker happened to hear the group’s song “Little Miss Whiskey” being played in the room next door during a meeting. That caused mobros-4their BMI representative to call them up frantically.

“It was strange that all these people down here go years and years without a cut and we have a hold on a song before we even consider moving down here,” Truman Morrison said. “We didn’t know how it worked at the time, but it just gave us confidence we could do it and do it even better on the next one.”

So when Marshall picked up the phone, all signs were pointing to Nashville. And when he got the boys to town, he wasn’t disappointed. “They got a piece of crap place in East Nashville, got in the basement and went to work. Like a band should,” Marshall said.

That’s because they’re a band in every sense of the word. Everything you hear on Self-Titled comes from the members, who play their own instruments and provide their own harmony, an increasingly rare phenomenon in contemporary country music.

The Morrisons and the Nolans both grew up in the D.C. area, but met through a mutual friend while attending Jazz Fest in New Orleans. Matt Nolan agreed to come jam at rehearsal one night and noticed that if they added a bass player, they’d have a full band.

“I said, ‘I got a guy,’” Matt Nolan said. “I just didn’t tell them it was my brother Kevin. And he was just 13.”

“I was finishing up eighth grade,” Kevin said. “It was almost like a double life. I’d go to school during the day, then play in these bars at night.”

mobros-2“There was a bar where we did our first couple of shows, the bartender would put juice boxes behind the bar just to mess with him,” Matt said, joking that “he can go his whole life without really ever having a real job.”

The reality is the group has been treating its band like a full-time job for a half-decade, logging countless hours in the rehearsal room, van and stage together. Each devoted their lives to the pursuit with original music always the goal. “It’s as if the four of us after eight years are all brothers,” Matt Nolan said.

This is the thing Rose dug most about the band as she got to know them. They were a band of brothers in almost every way, and the idea of working with them began to fire her imagination. She had enough in her life already as a busy singer and songwriter and a key figure at Play It Again.

“When it comes to producing The Morrison Brothers Band, I feel lucky to have heard them and recognized their potential.” Rose said. “I had to pursue it because they are undeniable and it is another extension of artistry for me. They inspired me in the process and it was an entirely new challenge for me to help them realize their musical vision.”

Dallas Davidson, Play It Again president and author of 23 No. 1 hits in country, also had a hand in shaping the band’s new EP. He provides three of the six songs, including lead single “Party at My House.” “It’s catchy, it’s fun, it makes you move,” Willie Morrison said.
Kenny Kohlhaas
Kenny Kohlhaas
Kenny Kohlhaas has been singing, playing guitar and writing music since he was twelve years old, and playing in bands since he was fourteen. He grew up on classic and alternative rock, and devoted his artistic studies from a young age to those bands and artists who have maintained a timeless presence in the world of music, such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Stevie Wonder, James Taylor, and Michael Jackson. He also studied the rock, blues, and jazz guitar playing styles of Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Joe Perry, George Harrison, Larry Carlton and George Benson to name a few. He got more deeply into the language of Jazz in college, and studied the bebop vocabulary of jazz greats such as Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Wes Montgomery, and many more, along with the harmonic ideas of Bill Evans, Duke Ellington, Joe Pass and Steely Dan.

With his understanding of jazz, blues and rock, and his facility on the guitar, he became one of the top working guitarists in the DC Metropolitan music scene. After extensive work as a session guitarist in the Washington DC area for several local and national acts, receiving a Bachelor's Degree in Jazz Guitar Performance from George Mason University with an honorary award for "Outstanding Contribution to the Music Department", and touring all over the world as guitarist for BeBe and CeCe Winans, he is coming back full circle to his roots as a singer, a songwriter, a bandleader and a recording artist, and releasing his debut solo full length album, with a band featuring some of the finest musicians in the Washington DC area. Kenny's album will be released on February 1, 2013.
Venue Information:
Gypsy Sally's
3401 K Street NW
Washington, DC, 20007