Gabe Dixon – Tickets – Jammin Java – Vienna, VA – October 3rd, 2018

Gabe Dixon

Gabe Dixon

Joy Oladokun, Andy Davis

Wednesday October 03, 2018

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm

GA $20 | Premier $20 | Premier Plus $20

This event is all ages

• Full dinner and drink menu available

• The Premier Plus section is a raised area with great views and reserved seats and tables. There is a dedicated server for faster service

Gabe Dixon
Gabe Dixon
Over the past few years, Gabe Dixon changed almost everything. The Nashville-based troubadour focused on starting from scratch following the release of 2011’s One Spark. He parted ways with his longtime management and record label Concord Music Group, and he began feverishly penning ideas. However, the one thing that didn’t change was that honest, heartfelt approach to songwriting that countless fans fell in love with when he first emerged in 1999.

“I started writing a lot more than ever before,” he recalls. “I had so many songs, and I was really thinking about some weighty subjects—mortality, what’s important in life, and the value of love. In many ways, the music was about learning how to be in a committed relationship, leave immature ways behind, grow, evolve, and move on from habits that aren’t necessarily who you are anymore.”

With a clean slate and the biggest batch of songs yet, he entered The Smoakstack recording studio in Berry Hill, TN with producer Paul Moak [Mat Kearney, Third Day] in early 2015. He wanted to embrace what came most naturally and build a raw and real body of work.

“I wasn’t interested in making an album with any sequencing or anything on-the-grid,” he affirms. “I wasn’t interested in just handing over my songs to somebody. I wanted to go in with musicians and get performances that were inspiring and inspired and take it from there. Paul was completely on the same page. What results is an album that feels very natural and almost folk-y at times. I went a little off course on One Spark; I didn’t trust myself. I learned to trust myself, and the sound of Turns To Gold is the most representative of who I am. It’s warm, laidback, acoustic, and live.”

In the past, Gabe would play primarily grand piano. However, on Turns To Gold, he performed all but one song on an upright piano. This choice conveyed a different energy. He and the musicians cut everything to analog tape with no click track. In keeping with his newfound independence, he also launched a PledgeMusic campaign—another first—the day he began recording. Exceeding the goal within less than two months, he offered fans a distinct vignette into the creative process.

“I love this way of doing things because it puts me in the driver’s seat creatively, and I can retain more ownership of the project,” he says. “I could do whatever I wanted, and that was inspiring. It also encouraged me to connect with the fans even more. That was incredible.”

The album opener and first single “Holding Her Freedom” coasts between a shimmering piano melody, organ swell, guitar rumble, and heavenly vocal performance from Gabe. It also conveys a cinematic narrative.

“It’s a story about a woman who has been burned by love, and she’s afraid to let herself be vulnerable and fall in love again,” he explains. “She’s figuratively holding her freedom like a cage. That same ‘freedom’ keeps her trapped and unable to love again. I was glad to write a song with a little story to follow.”

Elsewhere, “That Redemption” begins with a bombastic groove that slides towards a spirited refrain bolstered by bluesy guitars and handclaps. “It’s about someone flying too close to the sun in a mythical sense,” he continues. “Their values are in the wrong place. They’re not treating people the way they should be treated. It can’t go on forever, and they’re going to get knocked down.”

“The One Thing I Did Right” pairs a soft piano melody with one of his most soulful performances on the album for an undeniable ballad. “It’s about my wife and remembering what’s most important in my life,” he says. “It’s a tribute to her. She’s a constant in a world that seems to be always changing around me.”

“I hope when people listen to the album, it makes them feel,” he leaves off. “Music has moved me so much. I want to do the same thing for others.”
Joy Oladokun
Joy Oladokun
Joy Oladokun, is a singer/song-writer from a "small farming town in Arizona" who combines the sounds of roots rock, with folk songrwriting and a voice that oozes with soul and honesty. Her debut album, "Carry", ranges from a stripped confessional ballad about being brave enough to leave a lover, to an electrifying rock number that will take you back to 1975. Her eclectic style doesn't take away from her mature and authentic lyricism, however. When Joy writes and sings, you hear the voice of someone who has lived the song and is willing to re-live it again and again everytime she performs it.
Andy Davis
Andy Davis
Andy Davis’s smart and seductive blue-eyed soul music weds indelible hooks to sly, incisive lyrics, creating songs that sound like newly minted pop-soul classics.

A Louisiana native, Davis released his first album, “Thinks of Her,” in 2004. “Thinks of Her” struck a chord on college campuses, selling out its initial print run. The original pressing of the CD -- with Davis’s hand-written lyrics and stenciled cover art -- became a collector’s item within months of its release.

In 2005, the remastered rerelease of “Thinks of Her” gained Davis national exposure and brought him to the attention of legendary music producer Mitchell Froom (Paul McCartney, Sheryl Crow, Elvis Costello). The result of their collaboration was “Let the Woman,” a sophisticated, sonically adventurous album that ignited a bidding war. Barnes and Noble won the exclusive rights to distribute “Let the Woman” online and and in their stores all over the world. The album’s single, “Brown Eyes,” became a staple on AAA radio stations nationwide, and “Let the Woman” became a #4 bestseller.

Davis toured extensively in support of “Let the Woman”, both headlining and opening for Colbie Caliat, Jakob Dylan, Mat Kearney, Will Hoge, Howie Day, and NEEDTOBREATHE.

The following year, Davis became a prominent member of Ten Out of Tenn, a critically acclaimed collective of Nashville singer/songwriters who joined forces for a collaborative tour that was documented in the award-winning documentary film, “Any Day Now.”

In 2009, Davis returned to Nashville to record his latest EP, “New History,” which was featured in -- and inspired -- a recent episode of ABC’s “Grey’s Anatomy.”

In March of 2011 Davis broke back onto the scene launching a Kickstarter campaign, asking fans to help fund his next album. He ended up raising over $41,000 in 30 days, and went to LA to make another album with Mitchell Froom and David Boucher. Bringing in acclaimed studio musicians Matt Chamberlain and David LaBruyere, Davis captured an album's worth of songs in an oldschool style, abandoning the click track and focusing on real, live musical moments between he and the musicians. The result was a new full-length album, called Heartbreak Yellow.

Heartbreak Yellow was released on iTunes Jan 3, 2012, and was immediately in the top rankings of the Singer/Songwriter genre.

A thoroughly contemporary artist raised on old-school rock and soul, Andy Davis’s infallible ear for hooks -- for a well-turned phrase -- and for the often irregular heartbeat of human relationships continues to engage longtime fans and win him new ones.
Venue Information:
Jammin Java
227 Maple Ave E
Vienna, VA, 22180
https://jamminjava.com/