The Word Barn serves as a unique and intimate glorified house concert setting and concert experience unlike any other. With impeccable acoustics, welcoming environment, unique interaction with performers, and a combination of seats, stools, and balcony, it provides a superb community gathering centered around good music.
The Word Barn frequently plays host to Bright & Lyon Productions – a passion project of music fanatics who are dedicated to bringing and sharing the best offerings of the music scene today.
All concerts have limited seating, require tickets (first come, first serve) via links below.
The Stray Birds – SOLD OUT
Friday, May 5, 8pm
One of The Word Barn’s absolute favorites – and who were the first to perform this venue!
One of the finest young bands on the circuit today, with three-part harmonies that fall somewhere in the sonic spectrum between Gillian Welch and Crooked Still, their songs are at once resonant and emotional, dreamy and sad.
Raised within a few miles of farmland from each other in Lancaster Country, Pennsylvania, The Stray Birds play and sing around a single microphone, capturing the energy and sound drawn from the richness of American folk music traditions.
Come take it in – they will leave you wanting more, and more, and more.
Sold Out – Join the waiting list
Dustbowl Revival – SOLD OUT
Sunday, May 7, 8pm
Bluegrass. Swing. Hot jazz. Pre-war blues. Southern soul. New Orleans funk. The Dustbowl Revival is what you could call an American roots orchestra with eight full-time members – and they play it all, mashing the sounds of traditional American music into a genre-hopping, time-bending dance party that coaxes new fire out of familiar coal.
This isn’t a throwback band. It’s a celebration of the sounds that have kept America moving for more than a century, performed with all the flair of a medicine show and roots in the sweat and swagger of a juke joint song swap.
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Sunday, July 30 8pm
Originally hailing from just across the river in Maine, this now Austin songwriter might as well have been born in the lone star state.
He’s got the Austin style songwriting reminiscent of Joe Ely or Townes Van Zandt, but a style and sound all his own.
He sits permanently and high on top of the Bright & Lyon favorite songwriters list – and will be hitting The Word Barn with a brand new release, Ghost on the Car Radio.
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Thursday, September 7 8pm
Known for her range of musical styles, her sweet voice and her easygoing delivery, singer/songwriter Eilen Jewell heads to The Word Barn.
The Queen of the Minor Key, Eilen’s music encompasses a wide range of musical styles, from folk, country and gospel leanings to electric outings that skirt the edge of ’60s garage rock and Chicago blues.
She and her band tour relentlessly, regularly selling out venues around the world – and this one will be no exception.
“Sometimes as darkly damaged as Lucinda Williams, at others as defiant and teasing as prime Peggy Lee and always authentically Americana in the Gillian Welch tradition…She’s might good.” LA Daily News.
Andrew Duhon – Saturday, September 9 8pm
Andrew Duhon is a songwriter from New Orleans with an undeniable voice, weighted and soulful.
Duhon has released 3 recordings, the latest of which, The Moorings, was nominated for a Grammy Award.
He has toured solo for much of his career, and that troubadour element is certainly present, an usher of modern day folklore. His latest group, The Andrew Duhon Trio brings a new musicality to the tunes with upright bassist, Myles Weeks and drummer ,Maxwell Zemanovic.
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The Suitcase Junket – Saturday, September 30 8pm
The Suitcase Junket comes to The Word Barn!!!
Vermont native, Matt Lorenz – the beloved one-man “roots-rock/junk-folk” band known as The Suitcase Junket, features 1950s amps and a guitar salvaged from a dumpster – plus an old oversized suitcase, a baby shoe (his baby shoe) hitting a gas can, a cooking pot, circular saw blade and a box of bones and silverware for added percussion.
This throat-singing, slide guitar playing artist produces a sound like no other.
Friday, October 20 8pm
What do Alabama Shakes, Mumford & Sons, and Mary Gauthier have in common? They are all prior winners of the Americana Music Associations New/Emerging Artist of the Year award.
The Associated Press calls Mary Gauthier one of the best songwriters of her generation. The Wall Street Journal calls her one of Americana musics most admired artists across the U.S. andaround the world.
Her songs have been praised by both Bob Dylan and Tom Waits, and recorded by Jimmy Buffet, Blake Shelton, and others.
Originally from New Orleans and currently a Nashville resident, Gauthier has battled back from hard knocks and bad habits to emerge as one of the most poignant and powerful songwriters of her generation.
Jeffrey Foucault & Kris Delmhorst
Friday, October 27 8pm
Kris Delmhorst and Jeffrey Foucault on a special split-bill, sharing the stage to celebrate the release of The Wild, Kris Delmhorst’s October 2017 album featuring Foucault and members of his band. Though married since 2004, these two acclaimed artists have until now maintained independent touring careers, and The Wild marks their first foray into the studio together, to record Delmhorst’s darkly hopeful, fiercely wise new collection of songs. Merging her sophisticated melodies and hauntingly open voice with Foucault’s lean aesthetic, the album navigates the poles of home and away, known and unknown, and reunites her with old bandmates including Billy Conway – the former Morphine drummer who produced her first two albums – and bassist Jeremy Moses Curtis (Booker T). Featuring two distinct sets of music, with the two artists fronting the band in succession and joining each other’s sets, this show offers a rare and intimate performance from two of the country’s foremost songwriters.