The Horseshoe Tavern Presents


Chris Hennessee, The Redhill Valleys

Fri, May 3, 2019

Doors: 8:30 pm

The Horseshoe Tavern

Toronto, ON


Tickets at the Door

This event is 19 and over

Parsonsfield, praised for making "the most jubilant and danceable indie roots music this side of the Carolinas” (NPR), is a folk-rock outfit known for their rich harmonies, vibrant songwriting and energetic live performances.

Parsonsfield's latest release, WE (2018 Signature Sounds), is contemplative, filled with real life struggle and excitement. The album takes us from the joys of childhood discovery to the depression and confusion of a quarter-life crisis to dancing your way toward the darkness at the end of days. In this collection of songs they push the boundaries of their harmony-driven grassroots origins to create their own distinctive Americana, integrating pop and bold rock flourishes along the way. Produced by Dan Cardinal (Josh Ritter, The Low Anthem, Darlingside), WE captures the band’s maturing sound, having as much influence from 90s rock and 70’s R&B as it does the indie folk material that fans have come to expect.

The band draws their name from the rural Maine town that's home to the Great North Sound Society, the farmhouse-turned-recording-studio of Josh Ritter keyboardist/producer Sam Kassirer. It was there that Parsonsfield cut their outstanding debut, Poor Old Shine (2013 Signature Sounds), which established them as a roots force to be reckoned with. Their rowdy live performances only upped the ante, with The Bluegrass Situation falling for their "fun and frenzy" and No Depression raving that they'll "give you rich five-part harmonies one minute…then rock you over the head with unbearably cool and raucous Celtic rhythms."

They once again called on Kassirer for their follow-up, Blooming Through The Black (2016 Signature Sounds), enlisting his engineering and production ingenuity to help convert an axe factory into a temporary recording studio. American Songwriter says Blooming Through The Black captures “the live energy the band has come to be known for.” WNYC says "Parsonsfield is based in western Massachusetts, but their music draws on the string bands of Appalachia. At least in part. They also like to crank up the amps and pin your ears to the wall.”

Catch them onstage any night and the band’s joy is palpable. They trade instruments, share microphones, and shoot each other big grins. They sing in tight multi-part harmonies, their voices blending like they've been doing this together all their lives. That’s because Parsonsfield is a family band, not by birth but by choice.

Parsonsfield is: Chris Freeman (vocals, banjo, guitar, bass), Antonio Alcorn (vocals, mandolin, banjo, bass), Max Shakun (vocals, guitar, keys, bass), Erik Hischmann (vocals, drums, percussion, bass)
Chris Hennessee
Chris Hennessee
Chris Hennessee’s newest album may be titled Ramble, but his history as a renowned singer songwriter in Nashville tells the tale of a serious musician with a respected pedigree performing alongside some of the most iconic artists in the music industry. In July 2018 Rolling Stone named him, “one of 10 newcountry and Americana artists you need to know.” The music industry has been singing his praises for years. After graduating from Maryville College where he played baseball, Chris contemplated a career as a history teacher before making the fateful decision to move to Nashville where he knew no one. He took a job as a host at the iconic Bluebird Café, considered hallowed ground for singer/songwriters. The Bluebird was his first taste of the music industry. He honed his song writing skills while listeningto some of the world’s best artists night after night. While waiting tables around town, he worked at the Melrose Pool Hall and jokes that “it was the one place in Nashville without live music, so I turned it into a live music venue by myself.” Always looking for a place to play, he set up one night after his shift and met Blake Chancey (Dixie Chicks, Montgomery Gentry, Kelli Pickler, Gretchen Wilson). Chanceysigned him to a publishing and managementdeal, and Chris’ songs were cut byBilly Currington, Craig Morgan, Cody Johnson, Kevin Fowler, Corey Morrow and Rodney Carrington amongother notable artists. He was well known as a featured performer on Lower Broadway, and visitors to Tootsies or Legends Corner would flock to see Chris Hennessee’s showmanship and hear his exceptional songsfive nights a week. Jamey Johnson, then a struggling singer songwriter,heard Chris perform one night. Chris invited him onstage. In 2010, Jamey invited Chris to join his band, and the two have shared the stage all overNorth America ever since. A natural performer, in his first gig with Jamey, he played Farm Aid in front of 20,000 people, followed immediately by an appearance on The David Letterman Show. Since then he has shared the stage with everyone from Willie Nelson and Lynard Skynard to Kid Rock, Allison Krauss, Emmylou Harris, Margo Price, Dave Matthews and too many others to count. He is well known for opening Jamey’sshows, his wicked guitar and harmonica skills and his devoted fans are drawn to Chris’ powerful vocals and storytelling ability. He released Hennessee Like Tennesseein 2010 featuringWaylon Jennings Songand followed it up in 2012 with Revival, produced by Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Zac Brown Band, Shooter Jennings, Brandi Carlisle, Jason Isbell). Revivalfeatured the popular tracks Red Dressand a cover of The Marshall Tucker Band’s Fire on the Mountainwritten by co-founding member and lead guitarist George McCorkle. Chris included the track in tribute to his friend McCorkle, who had lost a battle with cancer a few years earlier. In 2015 Greetings from Hennesseewas the first album released by Jamey Johnson’s new label, Big Gassed Records.
His just releasedalbum, Rambleisproduced by Jim “Moose” Brown. The title track, Rambleis a ballad evoking the smooth storytelling that Chris is known for and features Allison Krauss on vocals and fiddle. Wrong End of the Rainbowfeatures vocals by Jamey Johnson and is an upbeat down on your luck song with twangy steel guitar and catchy lyrics. The complex and melodicMidnight Runis a collaboration with theWild Feathers’Ricky Young and Joel Kingand offers smooth harmonies and the artistry you’d expect frommusical road warriors. Chris’ songs have been performed on the popular television series Nashville, including Hennesseewhich was performed by The Wild Feathers. He’ll tell you “there is no handbook for writing or performing music,” but for a guy who wanted to be a high school teacher, he’s created one hell of a curriculum and has a musical library all his own.
The Redhill Valleys
Venue Information:
The Horseshoe Tavern
370 Queen Street West
Toronto, ON, M5V 2A2