howe maxwell freebo trioLINCROFT, NJ – The Earth Room Concerts music series at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Monmouth County (UUCMC) in Lincroft, NJ presents its next concert on Saturday, November 17 at 7:30 PM, featuring 3 fine songwriters and musicians – Alice Howe, Kirsten Maxwell, and Freebo.  The UUCMC series, named for the attractive stained glass in the sanctuary where concerts are held, brings excellent contemporary folk and singer-songwriter artists to Monmouth County.

Boston-based young singer-songwriter Alice Howe is making big waves in the folk world.  Her EP “You’ve Been Away So Long” debuted on the April 2017 Folk-DJ charts with a #1 song – “Homeland Blues” – and #11 album.  “Homeland Blues” went on to become the #7 song for all of 2017.  Her pure, distilled sound reflects a musical sensibility rooted in ’60s folk and ’70s Southern California songwriters.  In the last year, she was a Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist, an Official Showcase Artist at FAR-West, and a Semi-Formal Showcase Artist at NERFA.  She’s just completed recording her first full-length album “Visions”, produced by Freebo.  According to Vance Gilbert, “How can a singer-songwriter have a voice like a broken angel’s bell and write songs that could be a week or a hundred years old all at once? Alice Howe, that’s how.”

Freebo really shouldn’t need an introduction to music fans.  He first came to most people’s attention as long-time bass player with Bonnie Raitt in the 1970’s.  Since then, he’s played with Ringo Starr, John Mayall, John Hall, Aaron Neville, Dr. John, Willy DeVille, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Maria Muldaur, Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Neil Young, Loudon Wainwright, and many others.  More recently, Freebo has been concentrating on his songwriting and guitar playing, evidenced on his 2015 album “If Not Now When”.  His lyrics touch on social commentary, spiritual quest, life, love, dogs, and the human condition.

Kirsten Maxwell is familiar to Earth Room Concerts audiences, having appeared with Matt Nakoa in March, 2017.  She is a Long Island-raised singer/songwriter (just moved to Nashville) who has toured extensively in the U.S., released one album and recorded an EP, won a number of songwriting competitions and performed at festivals on the East Coast and in Texas.  Her buzz in the music industry and grassroots following doubled in the past year along with the recent release of her self-titled EP.  In December, Kirsten opened for rock icon Melissa Etheridge.  She has also shared stages with Bill Staines, Michael Johnson, Slaid Cleaves, Vance Gilbert, and Nicole Atkins.

These 3 artists will be appearing together in-the-round. Their obvious friendship and rapport allows them to enhance each other’s songs (vocally and instrumentally), making this a wonderful opportunity to experience 2 exciting up-and-comers and 1 industry veteran.

Earth Room Concerts at UUCMC schedules 6-8 concerts each year.  For more information and tickets, see web site  Tickets in advance are $20, and $25 at the door.  The venue address is 1475 West Front Street, Lincroft.

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