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Heather Styka + Ryan Keef
May 5 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Recommended if you like:
Iris DeMent, Feist, Aoife O’Donovan, Joan Armatrading, Damien Rice, Josh Ritter, Gillian Welch, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Leonard Cohen, Bonnie Raitt
Chicago songwriter Heather Styka is not afraid to go where others fear to tread. Beneath “sweet, soulful vocals” (Portland Press Herald) and “nimble fingerpicked guitar” (Dispatch Magazine) lie narratives of vulnerability, strength, and wanderlust. A Kerrville New Folk Finalist and award-winning writer with a #3 album on the FOLK-DJ charts, this young troubadour has performed for over a decade, released four full-length albums, and toured from coast to coast.
Ryan Keef grew up in Fort Payne, AL, about 90 minutes northeast of Birmingham, AL and home of the country music supergroup Alabama. Raised in a Southern Baptist family, Keef found himself surrounded by Gospel Music at an early age. He learned to play drums as well as guitar at age 12 by listening to Bob Seger, Bad Company, and Lynyrd Skynyrd albums. By the age of 16, Keef had joined his first band outside of playing in the church. Leaning into more blues-oriented artists such as Allman Brothers, Gov’t Mule, the guitarist found a new voice. He and his then band, Electric Voodoo, went on to perform the blues club circuit for several years taking on different variations with different instrumentations. The band was voted “Best Blues Band in Alabama” in 2006 after performing at the IBC in Memphis, TN. As Keef’s tenure with Voodoo came to a close, Keef met Georgia singer-songwriter Michelle Malone and became her guitarist for the “Debris” tour (Along with fellow Alabama drummer Katie Herron.)