Jack Klatt, Jack Grelle

Sat, December 3, 2016 - 9:00pm

The Hook and Ladder Theater

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Saturday, December 3, 2016
9:00pm - 1:00am CST
  • The Hook and Ladder Theater
    3010 Minnehaha Ave
    Minneapolis, MN


Jack Klatt is a songwriter and finger-style guitarist based in Minneapolis. His unique sound rides the fine line between blues and country music and has proven to be a true purveyor of American music traditions. He’s won recognition for the MN State Arts Board, recorded alongside “Spider” John Koerner, and made it onto Daytrotter’s list of best songs in 2014. His 2016 release Shadows in the Sunset has been praised as a eminently satisfying, slow rolling, country/blues album that can best be described as authentic. Recorded in the little town of Viroqua, WI., the album was produced and engineered by Tom Herbers (Low, Trampled By Turtles, The Jayhawks).

"Got Dressed Up to be Let Down," the new album out October 2016 from St. Louis-based country songwriter Jack Grelle (Grell-EE), paints the picture of true Americana with depth and variety. Largely sculpted by 70s honky-tonk, the album weaves through diverse influences such as cajun, tejano, rock & roll and folk to create a passionately comprehensive interpretation of a classic sound. The songs are carefully crafted with contributions from an assortment of musicians including the South City Three (Pokey LaFarge) and John Horton (The Bottle Rockets). The arrangements include pedal steel, piano, fiddle and harmonica.

Jack's willingness to travel around genre-lines is a testament to the urgency and restlessness of his artistry. This rambling spirit has brought him to over 13 countries and 3 continents with a tour schedule that averages 150 shows a year. He has shared the stage with Joe Ely, Billy Joe Shaver, Chris Stapleton, and Pokey Lafarge. LaFarge, who has personally invited Grelle to open shows on numerous occasions, referred to Jack as a "Midwestern poet" and "a timeless Renaissance man." Jack has also enjoyed the opportunity to sit in with Dale Watson and his Lonestars.

As Grelle's new album switches from waltzes to two-steps and rockers, the insight and intelligence in his lyrics remain consistent. Jack's songs range in topic from celebrating the life of his recently-deceased grandmother to romance in South America, and he shows an integrity and courage that mirror his punk rock upbringing by tackling such topics as freedom in femininity and the tragedy of police killings that plague the African-American community.

Jack is a strong, idealistic artist who does not accept limitations. These qualities recently led him to step outside of his normal role as he assembled a backing band to tour the Midwest with Lavender Country, the music of Patrick Haggerty, a life-long gay rights activist who made the world's first gay country album. Grelle's drive continually leads him to new challenges, and he consistently exceeds expectations. With a strong new album and another long stretch of tour dates lining up, Grelle is poised for new horizons and great success in 2016 and beyond.

Alt-country/folk band Feeding Leroy came out of the collaboration of Duluth songwriters, Lee Martin and Sonja Bjordal. They have been playing and performing ever since, rotating band members and instruments. Their current foursome focuses on Lee’s honest songwriting, tight vocal harmonies and a strong driving rhythm to send it all home. Think Gram Parsons and Emmylou meets the Jayhawks... its country music at its core, it's fun, its original.

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Jack Klatt, Jack Grelle

The Hook and Ladder Theater

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