Northwest of Nashville

A Monthly Americana Variety Show

Northwest of Nashville

Jenny Anne Mannan, Michelle Rivers, Brittany Jean, Brian Stai

Tue · March 27, 2018

7:00 pm

$10.00

Northwest of Nashville
Northwest of Nashville
A monthly Americana showcase and variety show features local Spokane musicians from a vast array of American genres celebrate the music culture of country, soul, old-time, folk, bluegrass and so much more. All hosted by multi-instrumentalist and critically acclaimed songwriter Jenny Anne Mannan and backed by a rotating cast of local musicians as the NWoN house band.
Jenny Anne Mannan
Jenny Anne Mannan
Northwest native Jenny Anne Mannan began her musical education at a tender age, touring with her family’s bluegrass band, The Bullas, and garnering awards at fiddle contests along the way. In 1998 she moved to Nashville with her brother Luke Bulla, where the pair co-founded a band and became fixtures in the Nashville bluegrass scene. Jenny Anne toured with country songwriter Paul Overstreet, and was often a guest of artists such as Ricky Skaggs, Chris Jones, and Jim Lauderdale. Since her return to Spokane, WA, where she currently lives with her husband, author Caleb Mannan and their 4 children, she has released a solo record, Saints and Sinners, in addition to lending fiddle and vocals to Irish band An Dochas. She has been a recurring guest of Sean and Sara Watkins on their critically acclaimed show Watkins Family Hour and has played with John Cowan at the legendary Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Her songs have been recorded by John Cowan ("Little Match Girl", Comfort & Joy) and Sara Watkins ("Lock & Key", Sun Midnight Sun). Jenny Anne’s music pays homage to her bluegrass roots as she chronicles the westward journey of a generation, a family, and a sound, in a style all her own. She is an American Songstress.
Michelle Rivers
Michelle Rivers
Singer-Songwriter Michelle Rivers resides in the remote northwest corner of Montana where she is inspired by towering mountains and pristine lakes & rivers that surround her little town. Her music most closely leans toward the Americana sound, featuring traditional bluegrass instruments and a live performance that is both captivating & raw. The sweetness to her voice and the unbridled energy of her four-piece band is sure to draw you in. Michelle's first full-length album, “Breathing on Embers,” released in the summer of 2016 & features all-star musicians Rob Ickes & Jimmy Mattingly. She’s been a performer at Montana’s Red Ants Pants Music Festival (2016), a two-time scholarship recipient for the Crown of the Continent Guitar Workshop & Festival (2016 & 2017) where she has been mentored by artists such as Jim Messina & Liz Longley, and she won the Red Lodge Songwriter Festival Contest (2017).
Brittany Jean
Brittany Jean
Brittany Jean is a singer/songwriter in the Pacific Northwest, currently living in the tiny, apple town of Brewster, WA. Brittany grew up in West Chicago, IL, and her interest in music started at a very young age--piano and voice lessons, children's choirs, youth group bands, youth theater.... And she started seriously writing songs when she was sixteen. Discovering she liked singing her own stories instead of the ones written for characters in plays, she found a passion in songwriting.

Brittany Jean stepped into a recording studio for the first time in October 2012, and she has since released three albums. Whispered Stories was released in September 2013, and it was completed with the help of fans—making her debut album even more special. Brittany’s second album (Leavin' Home) was released in March 2016. From songs about small-town days to songs about trying to find wild horses, there is a more acoustic feel to this album than the first, and Brittany hopes fans love the difference as much as she does!

Leavin' Home includes Brittany Jean’s song “Wildfire", which was written in response to her first-hand experience during the Carlton Complex Wildfires of 2014 (the largest wildfires in Washington State history at the time—a record broken the following year). This song was a centerpiece for the fundraising effort of the Carlton Complex Longterm Recovery Group, whose purpose is to rebuild the 300+ homes that were lost that summer of 2014.

Leavin' Home also includes Brittany Jean's song "Adventure", which was nominated for the Independent Music Awards in the category for Bluegrass Song of the Year in 2016!

Performances ranging from farmers' market sidewalks and outdoor cafes to concerts in theaters and resorts, she's sung all over Washington. In 2016, Brittany started branching out-of-state to sing further from home in Nashville, TN, and Orange Beach, AL, and since then she’s been to Illinois, Maryland, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, and Virginia. Here's a list of all the places she's played!

“I've met so many wonderful people as I've traveled, and meeting you is one of my favorite things!”

Though far from the central hub of country music, Brittany has been able to travel back and forth to Nashville, TN, to record in a city and studio she loves. Recording days at Hilltop are some of Brittany's favorite days (ever), and she's had the opportunity to work with some of the best musicians in the business, such as Jeff King, Joel Key, Danny Parks, Scotty Sanders, Aubrey Haynie... The list goes on.

Brittany Jean’s third album (Wander With Me) was released on January 18, 2018. This chapter is about the people you take with you and the people who take you with them, and it’s about stepping out onto the road for more than the road’s sake… From songs about wildflowers and heroes to promises and sparrows, this is Brittany's best work yet.

"I poured my heart into this album, and I hope you fall in love with these songs..."
Brian Stai
Brian Stai
Brian's album release show is happening in honor of his recently recorded, "Your Dreams" solo album. Fresh off of a trip to North Carolina to record with critically acclaimed producer/recorder, Doug Williams - (who has recorded extensively with Grammy Nominated Folk band, "The Avett Brothers"and many others), Brian seeks to share his brand new album for the first time at this special Bartlett event.

Brian Stai is an Americana Folk artist based out of the Pacific Northwest. Growing up in the rural Midwest his first experience of music and performance was through the lens of watching his father perform in a band. Brian's experience and appreciation of his father's live music is what inspired him to take up guitar and songwriting. His sound appeals to modern listeners but has it’s roots steeped in the tradition of folk music. His passion for authentic lyrical expression and live performance is what drives his sound. Lessons of years-gone-by and tales of the past can be heard throughout his, at times, introspective songs.

Brian is the type of songwriter who's authentic lyrics and emotive melodies take the listener deep within the stories that he tells. His rustic brand of folk music has been called, "Refreshing" by fans.

Songwriters who have influenced Brian include: John Prine, Townes Van Zandt, The Avett Brothers, Bob Dylan, and other early folk troubadors.


“I love the storytelling style of the lyrics – they are all familiar, yet original. The lyrics are poetic without being too overdone and they tell a story with each song. Brian has a very accessible songwriting style and listeners of all musical tastes can find it appealing.”
– Corrine Cassels, Divide and Conquer Music
Venue Information:
The Bartlett
228 W Sprague Ave
Spokane, WA, 99201
http://thebartlettspokane.com/