Sarah Grain & The Billions of Stars at HI-FI Annex
SARAH GRAIN & THE BILLIONS OF STARS W/ CHARLIE BALLANTINE, OKARA IMANI @ HI-FI ANNEX INDIANAPOLIS
DOORS: 5:00 PM, SHOW: 6:00 PM
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About Sarah Grain & The Billions Of Stars:
Sarah Grain & the Billions of Stars is a five-piece ensemble mixing folk, jazz, bossa nova and country into a unique style undeniably rooted in songwriting and storytelling. Indianapolismusic.net has this to say: “[Sarah Grain]’s not afraid to transcend her genre … Whether she’s performing her own folk songs or joining others in a variety of other projects, it’s her voice that stands out.” Sarah Grain’s solo album, ‘Terrain’, was released in 2010. Sarah Grain & the Billions of Stars will be releasing their debut album in the summer of 2017, and Sarah’s solo project, Winded Spirited Stranded, will release in the fall of 2017.
About Charlie Ballantine:
An arc of mystery and music stretches across America like a vein of gold, an eternal blue highway that grows mired in fable as time both adds to and erases it. What Greil Marcus called “the old, weird America” can be heard in the music of Robert Johnson and Santo and Johnny and Tammy Wynette and Duane Allman, from the dark underbelly birthed in New Orleans that extends across the plains from Bakersfield, California, to Macon, Georgia; from Roscoe Holcomb’s “high lonesome sound” to Bob Dylan’s “wild mercury sound.” And it can most definitely be heard in the reflective, lightning-flash-of-brilliance that is the music of 29-year-old Charlie Ballantine.
Born in the American heartland of Indianapolis, Indiana, Ballantine’s quicksilver guitar is all Fender Telecaster flux and flow, Deluxe Reverb danger and drive. Ballantine has two current releases: Life Is Brief: The Music of Bob Dylan and Where Is My Mind?, with two albums prior, all drawing from music and experiences documented long before he was born. Son of a blues guitarist who frequented “Indy’s” club circuit in the ‘70s and ‘80s, Ballantine has inherited the sound of the wind roaring across the plains, the desert heat of Route 66 and the lush colors of the Appalachian mountains. Balllantine’s guitar is spectral and haunting, his music an evolving tale of a young journeyman with big ears.
“I’ve always been attracted to the guys on the outskirts,” Ballantine says from Indianapolis. “Like John Scofield, Bill Frisell, and Jeff Beck; you can call the first two jazz, but a purist might disagree. And I like using distortion and delay and [different] vocabulary, not necessarily playing straight bebop. That’s what’s I’ve always loved, guys who are unique in their approach and who have their own voice.” Ballantine’s guitar sound and musical concept is majestic, sometimes as blinding as a setting sun yet hinting at the unknown, a dark Americana whose remnants remain if you know where to look. That Ballantine is exploring singular music is a given. Growing up in a musical household, Ballantine was exposed early on to the pop greats, but also the sounds of jazz, blues, pop and rock. “My parents were born in the 50s,” Ballantine explains. “So I grew up kind of listening to the Beatles, Beach Boys, the Band. I have Sergeant Pepper on one shoulder and Wes Montgomery on the other shoulder, and Hendrix too. So I have all these things, these influences I’m trying to make sense of and give a sense of continuity.”
Ballantine graduated from Indiana University in 2013 with a degree in Jazz Studies; he currently teaches guitar performance at Marian University in Indianapolis. Currently working on an album of original material, Ballantine continues to tour the Midwest, listening and watching, following the muse. What’s he listening for? “There’s this sound I hear in my head, I get really close, but I can never quite attain it. It’s hard to say, it’s hard to verbalize, but it’s a pretty fun time to be a guitar a young guitar player right now.”
About Okara Imani:
Okara Imani is a Daughter of the Moon, Libra, vocalist, and writer. She studied music classically for a bachelor’s degree and has been raised under the influence of all manner of funk, jazz, alternative, and punk sounds. She is so grateful to hear and be heard by you, teach and be taught by you, to inspire and be inspired by you in the hopes that she may serve as your mouthpiece and mirror into self.