Korby Lenker, Michael Shaw

Doc's Lab Presents

Korby Lenker

Michael Shaw

Sat, November 4, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Doc's Lab

San Francisco, CA

$15.00 - $20.00

Korby Lenker
Korby Lenker
Longtime East Nashville resident Korby Lenker returned to his native Idaho to record his 7th studio album Thousand Springs. Eschewing the standard recording studio, Lenker recorded his latest batch of songs in various places important to him as a child - the Snake River Canyon (see pic below), Craters of the Moon, and in a small cabin north of Sun Valley. Letting the natural landscape set the tone, he recorded during the day and slept in a tent at night. Then, after laying down the guitar and vocal tracks, Korby took to the road, adding more than 30 artists to his dozen songs, including Critter Eldridge, Anthony Da Costa, Carrie Elkin, Angel Snow, Amy Speace, Matt the Electrician, and many others.

Korby is the recipient of numerous songwriting awards - most recently a 1st place win at the 2016 Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Songwriters’ contest (past alum include Gregory Alan Isakov and Deb Talan, to name a few). In March, NPR Music premiered the song and video he wrote and performed with Nora Jane Struthers ‘Let’s Just Have Supper.’ Korby tours constantly and has shared the stage with Willie Nelson, Ray Lamontagne, Nickel Creek and many others.

In addition to his musical creations, Korby is a published author. His collection of short stories, Medium Hero, came out December 2015 on Turner Publishing and received critical praise from such variegated sources as National Book Award-winning author Tim O’Brien, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, and Kirkus Reviews.

“One of the most striking things about seeing Lenker perform is his relationship with his guitar. He doesn't just play it, he becomes it -- or, maybe, it becomes a part of him.” - No Depression
Michael Shaw
Michael Shaw
Michael Shaw wants to spend some time with you. In fact, he’s set the date and picked out a lovely spot. An Intimate Evening With Michael Shaw’s debut album, This Is It., released in May 2015, is a lush sonic pasture set amongst rolling hills of electric piano lit by soaring guitar and bright, layered vocals. As a reflection of Shaw’s faith in tried-and-true pop formulas imbued with a personal touch, it’s been a long time coming. After penning and performing songs with his younger brother in bands like Petrol and the Aktion, Shaw is now stepping out on his own.
“Being in bands is great for camaraderie, but it meant compromising some of my beliefs about pop music,” he says. “This album allowed me to create an undiluted expression of my musical ideas.” Though a showman with the guitar for much of his musical career, Shaw cuts a much more pensive figure behind the piano, showing great care for a stable of personal songs that reflect his life divided between his youth in Northern Ireland, a stint in London and his adult years in Northern California.

To honor that, the album was written during a weeklong pilgrimage to the Antrim Coast, just over an hour from Belfast, where he was born. “I rented a cottage, just a short walk across some farmers’ fields to the Giants Causeway,” Shaw says. “Then I basically holed up for a week and split time between driving the countryside, feeding the wood stove, and writing songs.”

The full story around the album’s conception has an air of the mystical to it. That week on the Antrim Coast just happened to coincide with Van Morrison returning to his native Northern Ireland to play a show on the cliff’s edge at nearby Dunluce Castle.

After that, the album came of age, like the artist, in Marin County, California – in a studio overlooking the soft crescent of Stinson Beach. The recording session brought Shaw together with two longtime collaborators, bassist Colin Schlitt and drummer Kenneth Hard, and a dynamic new guitar player, Eli Nelson.

This Is It. was built off the vintage pop of the Beatles, The Beach Boys and ELO, and the completion of the album was made both bittersweet and poignant by another sad coincidence. “I consider this band a gift from the universe,” Shaw says. “The whole thing started right after my mother was diagnosed with cancer and it culminated with the album being recorded a week after she passed away.”

For all these reasons and more, This Is It. is an undoubtedly intimate and deeply personal debut album to which you are all invited.
Venue Information:
Doc's Lab
124 Columbus Ave
San Francisco, CA, 94133