No clever one-liner can describe Andy Juhl's sound. It's classic folk sweetened by the twang of harmonica and slide guitar. It's soft-spoken electric rock that evokes the solitude of the Iowa prairie. Subtle, lingering, and necessarily imperfect, Andy's distinct voice guides us through each of his albums with a rare authenticity, and 'River Light' is no exception.
In this third album, Andy's music instills in the listener a sense of deep yearning, while also exploring the satisfaction of finally fulfilling that desire. He tells of the light that shines through loneliness and discontent--whether it be the light of headlights along the "Kansas Turnpike," the glow of the "River Light" upon a forlorn lover, or the self-awareness discovered on the "Garden Path." A fatalistic acceptance colors the deceptively upbeat "Live On," and irony joins the steel guitar on "We Forgot About Peace and Love." "Almost at Home" gives us a moment of content, and songs like "Front Door Jamb" and "Beneath the Apple Tree" demonstrate that Andy's guitar work rivals his way with words.
Recorded at the farm that has been in his family for 120 years, River Light is music at its purest. No fancy studio. No over-production--nothing but Andy and his band playing the music he enjoys hearing. His songwriting style has won him accolades, including contests sponsored by Billboard and the Independent Singer-Songwriter Association. Two of his songs are currently featured on PBS's 'Roadtrip Nation.' He is also one of the artists who helped create the Sun Machine Music & Arts Cooperative, a community-driven label dedicated to creating a sustainable music culture in which artists share equal and collective ownership of their art.
The cost of admission for Saturday evening's show is $5.