January 10

Stars Align: Thomas Comerford + Julie Meckler

9:30 pm

Stars Align: Thomas Comerford + Julie Meckler

Stars Align is a monthly concert series (and sometimes podcast) that brings together musicians for a one-off collaboration. You’ll hear everything from re-imagined, stripped-down versions each others songs to completely new and improvised pieces.

After moving to Chicago with a bunch of songs and 4-track recordings in 1999, Thomas Comerford founded and led the indie rock outfit Kaspar Hauser over a series of lineups and LP releases in the 2000s. By 2010, he was also playing ‘solo’ shows with a number of backing musicians and releasing solo LPs, including Archive + Spiral in 2011 and II in 2014. On these solo LPs, his music, songs and singing have been described as a cross between Willie Nelson and Lou Reed. Recently, he completed his third solo LP, Blood Moon, which will see release in spring of 2018. The new songs mix his familiar baritone and roots-and-folk-inflected songwriting with largely acoustic instrumentation, multi-part backing vocals and a live-y band interplay, at times recalling Veedon Fleece-era Van Morrison as well as songwriters like Fred Neil and Leonard Cohen. For this show at the Whistler, Comerford will be joined by Kip Rainey (Golden Horse Ranch Band, The Mountainaires) on guitar and Tom McGettrick (Mar Caribe, Jon Langford) on pedal steel guitar in addition to co-presenting a handful of songs with Julie Meckler.

French actress Julie Meckler quit the Parisian stage to discover America. She landed in New York in 2008, bought aguitar and took to the road. On her way, she found her music and her voice. The voyage was witness to the birth of her songs. Settling in Chicago she returned to the stage to share her songs with those who would listen.

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