Sundays@4 is Baton Rouge Gallery’s most diverse program, offering more than a dozen performances/readings from top-notch local authors, musicians, dance troupes, poets and more. Always free, always open to the public and always starting at 4pm, these intimate engagements give you an up close look at what local writers and performers are working on. Here’s what’s coming up next at Sundays@4:
AUGUST 16 - AN ACOUSTIC AFTERNOON WITH BATON ROUGE'S JODI JAMES & CLAY PARKER
On Sunday, August 16, Baton Rouge Gallery's Sundays@4 series will welcome two talented singer/songwriters from right here in Baton Rouge for an intimate performance that will give audiences an in-depth look at both of these musicians songcraft. In addition to performing multiple songs from their catalog, the two will talk about their writing process and give a peek-behind-the-curtain look at how their work takes shape.
As always, Sundays@4 presentationsbegin at 4 p.m. and are free and open to the public.
Jodi James draws you in slowly and holds you there with a tender grasp. Her musical sound is shaped by her rural upbringing from the sugar cane fields of southern Louisiana, blended with years of urban dwelling and real world experience. In April of 2015 she released her first full length record, “Things I Leave Behind,” a soulful wade through the realism and lonesomeness of unmet desires, combined with heart-worn beauty and the resolve of self-worth. James and her band deliver elements of folk, country, rock, and roots music. Preceding releases include “This Fire” EP in 2009, and “Far Between and Fleeting” EP in 2012.
"Parker is a model of efficiency in terms of song craft and performance; no single note or word is wasted or misplaced." --225 Magazine
Clay Parker is a folk singer/songwriter from South Louisiana. His songs, often characterized by finger-picked guitar and a slow southern drawl, range from ballads to blues and communicate a simplistic style. Clay has released two albums, "The Wind & The Warble" (2011) and "Any Old Time" (2013).
"Parker's warm, back porch vocals and meditative melodies nearly stop time, transporting listeners to the place of his choosing."--American Thrift Media
Jodi and Clay have been solid fixtures in the Baton Rouge music scene for years, and over the course of the past few months have been fostering a new and assured voice as a duo. This new direction combines elements of traditional roots music and soulful harmonies, delivered with the sincerity found in the early folk singer-songwriter movement.
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Baton Rouge Gallery and its Sundays@4 program is supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge.