Thursday, March 9 | 7:30 p.m.
Winter/Spring 2017 Concert Series
Guitarist and singer-songwriter Willy Porter joins forces with vocalist and Iowa native Carmen Nickerson to form Porter Nickerson—two unique artists, one unforgettable sound.
Porter has been turning first-time listeners into die-hard fans for more than two decades. His blistering guitar playing, rich songwriting, and warm, playful performance style make him a one-man triple threat. Nickerson is an ideal match. Her vocals add lush harmonies to Porter’s songs, making them feel both fresh and timeless. The pair collaborated on the 2013 EP Cheeseburgers and Gasoline and again on Porter’s 2015 record Human Kindness. In 2016, the duo performed as the featured musical guests on NPR’s A Prairie Home Companion.
Porter Nickerson is excited to bring listeners its new album, Bonfire to Ash, the duo’s first album of original cowritten music produced by GRAMMY-winning producer Ben Wisch (March Cohn, Jonatha Brooke).
Bonfire to Ash charts experiences that bridge the intimate with the universal: from the thirsty shoots of new love (“Big Red Barn”) to the urgency to save love from skidding out of reach forever (“Loving on Her Mind”), and again in the anthemic elegy to relationships and legacies forged in America’s heartland in the song “Living Proof.” Porter and Nickerson perfect a unique dialogue through the songs on this record that carries over into their unassailable stage chemistry.
Together these highly accomplished artists take audiences on a unique musical ride full of heart, grit, energy, and fun that showcases the best of what live music has to offer.
“Willy plays rhythms that make me want to crawl inside his guitar and sleep there forever.”—Tori Amos
“Porter accentuates well-rendered tales with spitfire, percussive acoustic guitar strumming and fiery color-chord picking.”—BillboardBack to Concerts