Eli Conley CD Release Show featuring: Molly Payne and the Mistakes, and Tyler Hughes & Sam Gleaves

Eli Conley CD Release Show featuring: Molly Payne and the Mistakes, and Tyler Hughes & Sam Gleaves

Sun, April 30, 2017

Doors: 4:00 pm / Show: 4:30 pm (event ends at 8:00 pm)

The Camel

$10.00

Tickets at the Door

Eli Conley
Eli Conley
Eli Conley titled his sophomore album "Strong and Tender," but he might well have been describing himself. On stage he’s an earnest yet funny storyteller. His songs address big themes like gender, aging, and death through the concrete and immediate details of daily life: a stolen truck, a flopping fish, a dime in the pocket.

Eli is so pleased to return to his hometown on the Chasing Spring Tour, playing as a duo with Joel Price on mandolin, violin, and harmonies. He has been featured in the Huffington Post and the Advocate. He’s opened for Grammy-winner Kimya Dawson and the Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band, and founded Queer Country West Coast, a regular series featuring LGBTQIA+ country artists in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Eli’s music is grounded in folk tradition, and he comes by it honestly. He grew up in Richmond and got his musical education listening to his parents’ collection of hundreds of albums by singer-songwriters and roots musicians. He also spent years studying classical singing and picking out Broadway hits of the 40’s and 50’s on the piano. By the time he picked up a guitar at 15, he already had a working knowledge of song structure and music theory – tools that helped him grow into the careful craftsman he is today.

"Strong and Tender" tells rich stories ranging from the highs and lows of love to fierce political anthems. “Maybe the ozone will open up and we’ll all go to our graves/Maybe we’ll end this mess we’re in, I believe we can still be saved,” he sings on the humorous yet pointed “All That Ends.” “What I’m Worth” is told in the voice of a transgender man dreaming of escape from his hometown, yet demanding in the here and now “don’t try to tell me what I’m worth.” On “Get In My Own Way,” Eli laughs at himself for procrastinating on songwriting yet again. “Strong” is a tribute to the Movement for Black Lives that also reflects on losses Eli has faced in his personal life.

At heart, Eli is a clear-eyed songwriter with high hopes for the human race. His songs urge us to love ourselves even when it feels like the world does not. You can’t help but sing along.
Molly Payne and the Mistakes
Molly Payne and the Mistakes
Molly Payne and the Mistakes is a collaboration of Richmond musicians engaged in various pursuits, but all of whom appreciate blue blooded American country classics. The group plays favorites from Patsy Cline, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, The Judds, and other country legends, as well as hits from more modern Americana artists like Gillian Welch, Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell, and Margo Price.

Stephen Kuester plays his soulful pedal steel guitar with Jackass Flats, Old Dominion Playboys, and the Red Light Rodeo All-Stars. His brother, bassist Matt Kuester, tours internationally with Daniel Romano. Molly and Kevin are thrilled to have Tara Dillard of The Folly's tender fiddle adding emotional depth to their songs, and Matt Coyle of Buttertub's steady, sensitive rhythms keeping time.


Founding members Molly Payne and Kevin Culbert perform as a duo when not enjoying the fuller sound of the big band. You can catch them every Wednesday with the Come Hears at Cary St. Cafe, the hippie bar that has become their Cheers and home away from home.
Tyler Hughes & Sam Gleaves
Tyler Hughes & Sam Gleaves
Tyler Hughes & Sam Gleaves play old time country music and newly written songs from the Appalachian mountains. Tyler and Sam’s programs feature fiddle and banjo hoedowns, close mountain harmonies, stories of all kinds, Carter Family-inspired autoharp and guitar, country gospel songs, lonesome ballads and flatfoot dancing. As a duo, Sam and Tyler also perform contemporary songs that tell stories from today's Appalachia, which can be heard on Sam's critically acclaimed album Ain't We Brothers. Tyler and Sam have performed at many venues throughout the eastern United States and on programs such as West Virginia Public Radio's Mountain Stage and Lexington, Kentucky's Red Barn Radio (broadcast on Kentucky Educational Television).
Venue Information:
The Camel
1621 W. Broad Street
Richmond, VA, 23220
http://www.thecamel.org