Ashley Raines

$10-20 suggested donation, all $ to the artist. BYOB/snacks. We will confirm your RSVP and send you the exact address. We met Ashley at the 2013 Monterey Americana Festival and hosted him at Poplar Playhouse in 2013. We welcome back this fantastic singer-songwriter on Sunday, November 23, 2014 at 3 pm.

Ashley Raines is an American songwriter, lyricist, composer & multi-instrumentalist. Raines grew up in the Midwest & by the age of fourteen began to hitchhike away from his home in Kansas. Raines hopped boxcars and taught himself any instrument he could get his hands on, recording his songs on four-track reel-to-reel machines which he sold while performing on the street. Since the late 1990′s Raines has toured & performed 150+ concerts annually. Raines performs on his signature Weissenborn, a custom hollow neck lap steel guitar. Raines has released ten studio and one live recording(s) since 2000.

Raines will release his 13th studio recording, “After The Bruising,” Thanksgiving 2014. This eleven song album is his most personal and autobiographical to date and is a strong follow up to his recently released EP “Blush.” “Blush” was recorded live in studio in the West Bottoms of Kansas City, MO in one night.

“Raines summons the honest and unfiltered voice inside us all by pulling no punches and being as straight-forward as you’ll hear. His songs are so brutally blunt you won’t be sure if they are his songs or the voice coming from deep inside yourself………” – Clint Wiederholt

“Ashley Raines’ voice sounds like corn fields and machinery, coffee and chocolate, gravel and whiskey. It is organic and rough, bitter and smooth, gritty and refined. It has a driving force to it and, comes from a place that is deeper than the water hole back in the woods…….” -
Kate Bee – Ear To The Ground

“Kansas City born Ashley Raines did not disappoint with his unique lap steel guitar sound.”- Paul Wilner – No Depression



Our house concert with John Craigie on Saturday, November 22, 2014 at 8 p.m. is currently full, but we usually get cancellations, so we have started a waiting list. $20 suggested donation. You can add yourself to the waiting list by RSVPing below, by email to or by phone at 510-697-4097. Feel free to BYOB/snacks.

For the past decade, John Craigie has “lived the life romantic” of a continuously touring folk-singer, taking his unique musical style across the United States and the world. A singer, songwriter and storyteller, he stays true to the essence of folk music, and the traditions of the seminal writers of our past century. With timeless melodies and insightful lyrics—interspersed with witty storytelling—his songs take many poetic turns before bringing his listeners back home. His themes range from social commentary to personal empowerment, political satire, and modern love.

John’s live performances – in private homes, cafes, festivals, and sold-out venues – inspire and delight his audiences, who welcome him like a long-lost son and return to see him whenever he visits. He has traveled around the world, having played in all 50 states and beyond, bringing his music to nearly every corner of the planet. His fans span generations, political ideologies and geographic locations, but they are all charmed by the dynamic yet humble troubadour peering out from under his signature cap.


Jackie Bristow, Sunday, February 15, 2015, 8 p.m.

November 2, 2014

Please join us for a house concert with Jackie Bristow on Sunday, February 15, 2015 at 8 p.m. $15-20 sliding scale suggested donation. Please RSVP below or email Linda at or call Tom at 510-697-4097. At once heartfelt and sophisticated, Jackie Bristow combines subtle but beautiful melodies and hooks that hypnotize the listener, demand […]

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Maurice Tani, March 14, 2015, 8 p.m.

November 1, 2014

Please join us for a house concert with Maurice Tani on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 8 p.m. $15-20 sliding scale suggested donation. Please RSVP below or email Linda at or call Tom at 510-697-4097. San Francisco’s Maurice Tani has been a fixture on the local alt-country scene for more than a decade […]

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Dan and Laurel, April 4, 2015, 8 p.m.

October 31, 2014

Please join us for a house concert with Dan and Laurel on Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 8 p.m. $15-20 suggested donation, all $$ to the artists. You can RSVP below, or by emailing Linda at or by phone to Tom at 510-697-4097. One Manitoba winter evening, music and modern technology transpired to […]

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Abby and the Myth, Saturday, May 9, 2015, 8 p.m.

October 29, 2014

Please join us for a house concert with Abby and the Myth on Saturday, May 9, 2014 at 8 p.m. Loading…

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Reid Jamieson, Sunday, June 7, 2014, 7 p.m.

October 28, 2014

Please join us for a house concert with Reid Jamieson on Sunday, June 7, 2015 at 7 p.m. $20 suggested donation. Please RSVP below or email Linda at or call Tom at 510-697-4097. We met Reid and his wife Carolyn at the 2014 FAR-West Conference and booked them immediately! Loading…

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