Jennifer Gadway and Katy Cole make up the band Decadence.
When Jennifer Gadway’s not tending bar at Trappers Tavern at the Copperfield Inn, she’s working on her music career with fellow Decadence bandmate Katy Cole.
Yet Gadway won’t be pouring shots of Jack Daniels this weekend for customers; she’ll be serving up hot country and rockin’ blues on stage at the first-ever Nashville in North Creek musical event.
“Country music is a genre that has all but been ignored in this area, which is odd given the number of country music fans,” Gadway said. “I plan to change that, at least once a year.”
Since announcing the event in September, Gadway said the response has been so great that she sees no problem with Nashville in North Creek becoming an annual event expanding each year.
“My dream is to have an artist in every venue in town at different times throughout the weekend so that we all can share in the Nashville experience,” she said. “The sky is the limit. For now, we will take one year at a time and see where it takes us.”
For now, Nashville in North Creek is limited to the Copperfield Inn, where performances will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3 and 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4. The artists are Decadence, of North Creek; Steven L. Smith Band, of Brant Lake; and Renee Wahl and DW Dasher, of Nashville.
As of press time, about 90 tickets had been presold, and Gadway is predicting a large number will be sold at the door for each performance.
“The area is buzzing with excitement and anticipation,” she said. “We have people coming from as far as Connecticut.”
Although North Creek annually hosts a bluegrass festival in August, there’s never been a country music festival in town.
“I think the idea of meeting people that are on the verge of being big country music stars that have shared the stage with some big name artists is a great feeling for many people,” Gadway said. “It introduces them to a world that they may not necessarily ever be subject to.”
Gadway said she’s happy to bring a little Nashville to North Creek, to give back to the community. And the Nashville performers are excited as well.
“They feel honored that they have been asked to play in our area and meet the people that have cared for my band so much, to experience the feeling of a community pulling together to help two girls live their dream,” Gadway said. “We are a special community, and I am proud to say that I am from this area.”
Tickets purchased in advance are $10 and $15 at the door. Call 251-2200 for more information.
“We could potentially sell out, so I would encourage people to buy tickets early,” Gadway said.
Decadence is an Americana band fronted by Jennifer Gadway and Katy Cole since 1999.
A true powerhouse duo, they often classify themselves as “Real women, singing real music.” Combining Gadway's powerful country voice with Cole's folk and blues influences, these two unique voices come together to create a sound that is fresh and original. They have been promoting their debut album “Love Loud” in Nashville and New York City over the summer and have enjoyed local, national and international airplay.
They have shared the stage with some Nashville hard hitters including CMT Top 20 artist Don Pedigo. Being invited to play for a week of shows at Tootsie's World Famous Orchid Lounge” on broadway in Nashville has been the highlight of their summer.
They are working with HMG Nashville to officially launch their first single to the nation.
Renée Wahl writes intelligent, literate songs from the heart. Working both on her own and with Roger Prescott (Trainwreck Ghost, the Texacala Jones Band), Wahl displays a talent for creating and inhabiting characters and moments in the fashion of Lyle Lovett and Townes Van Zandt. Combine this with a voice that finds the soft parts of your soul and insinuates itself there and it’s easy to understand why Wahl has been compared to Maria McKee (Lone Justice).
Listening to her debut album Cumberland Moonshine, listeners will find themselves drawn into finely detailed story songs with a universal air. Songs of heartbreak, redemption and love lost and found dot the landscape of Cumberland Moonshine, and Renée Wahl voices each as if nothing else matters in the world.
Cumberland Moonshine establishes Wahl as a serious player in Nashville. It doesn’t hurt that Wahl is backed by one of the best supporting casts in Nashville. Cumberland Moonshine features performances from Bryan Owings on drums (Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin, Buddy And Julie Miller); guitarist Kenny Vaughan (Marty Stuart); Pat Bergerson (Shelby Lynne, Wynonna Judd, Lyle Lovett, Suzy Boggus) on guitar and harmonica; Fats Kaplin (Mark Knopfler, Garth Brooks, Waylon Jennings); Charles Treadway on organ (The Dynamites); GRAMMY winner Charlie Chadwick and Roger Prescott.
Steven L. Smith Band
Steven L. Smith, of Brant Lake, is an Adirondack native with ties to Nashville. His last two CDs recorded in Nashville charted on the Americana and Roots 66 international music charts. Steven is a voting member of the Country Music Academy (CMA). He and his band have toured the east coast, played in and around the Nashville area and Steven has also toured Ireland doing radio interviews and playing his Adirondack Country Blues. His most recent CD “Ramble On” features Charlie McCoy, from “Hee Haw,” playing harmonica. He has also had the good fortune to record with Crystal Gayle and Jimmy VanZant along with members of the Oak Ridge Boys Band and Greg Jennings from Restless Heart.
D.W. Dasher is a lifelong musician and songwriter. His music is unique yet classic in style. His baritone voice delivers power and emotion heavily influenced by Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson.
He is a founding member of the Nashville Rock trio Mellow Down Easy, while maintaining a solo career in the Americana/Country/Folk genre. In the spring of 2005, he was given the opportunity to work on a county album with close friends Kent Goodson (George Jones) and Patrick Boone, co-writing and recording with one of Dasher's favorite rock vocalists Jeff Keith from the platinum selling band Tesla. He has toured extensively since 2005 in the United States and abroad.
In 2009 Dasher celebrated the release of both Mellow Down Easy’s critically acclaimed “Cosmisutra” album and his debut solo album “Long Road Now” featuring members of the late Waylon Jennings' band.
D.W.'s new album, set to be released Winter of 2012 includes 10 new songs written, performed, and produced by D.W. himself. The album will also include a bonus track written by legendary songwriter Roger Alan Wade.