July 31, 2016
Cory Chisel – World tour of Wisconsin – With the Refuge Music Crew
Cory Chisel’s World Tour … of Wisconsin.
Wisconsin native and 2015 Grammy Award nominated musician Cory Chisel is heading out across Wisconsin for a run of must-see summer performances.
Chisel – along with Adriel Denae, J-Council, and special guests – will be taking over some of the best, most “Wisconsin-ish” establishments this side of Lake Michigan. From barns and bookstores, to supper clubs and steamboats, join us as we celebrate everything that makes our state so amazing!
These one-of- a-kind performances are presented as an exclusive partnership with the USA TODAY NETWORK.
July 27: Green Bay at The Libertine (8 p.m.)
July 28: Spring Green at The Sh*tty Barn (8 p.m.)
July 29: Milwaukee at Clock Shadow Creamery (8 p.m.)
July 30: Lake Geneva at The Lady of the Lake (8 p.m.)
July 31: Viroqua at Driftless Books and Music (8 p.m.)
Aug. 1: Appleton at Tandem Wine Shop (4 p.m.)
Aug. 1: Appleton at Mark's East Side (9 p.m.)
Aug. 2: Sheboygan at Stefanie H. Weill Center for the Performing Arts (7:30 p.m.)
Aug. 12: Stevens Point at Old 10 Bistro (8 p.m.)
About Cory Chisel:
“One of the great blue-eyed soul voices in the world right now…” – Rosanne Cash
Wisconsin native Cory Chisel first connected with the power of song – and the spellbinding possibilities of live performance – through the music he heard in church. His father was a Baptist preacher, his mother played the organ, and Chisel and his sister sang. The gospel’s rich vernacular of loss and redemption also informed his innate poetic sense and lyrical range. Chisel went on to become a critically acclaimed recording artist who was deemed one of 2009’s “Best New Artist’s” by Rolling Stone for his RCA release Death Won’t Send A Letter. His latest release, Old Believers, came out in 2012. Chisel has played festivals around the world including Glastonbury, Bonnaroo and Newport Folk Festival; appeared on Jimmy Fallon, The Late Show with David Letterman and Conan; and has toured with artists such as Norah Jones, Rosanne Cash, Emmylou Harris, Jackson Browne, and Lucinda Williams. In 2015, Chisel was nominated for a Grammy Award, for his songwriting collaboration with legendary Country Music Hall of Fame artist Emmylou Harris.Old Believer \ Ōld bǝ-l ēvǝr\ n 1 : one who has been through a lot in their life and hasn’t lost hope 2 : one who doesn’t feel cynical and still feels connected to the world that we’re living in but is wise enough to know a thing or two about it 3 : OLD SOUL
Cory Chisel is an old believer. You can hear it in his music – there’s a wisdom beyond his years in that voice. You can see it in his story – the son of a preacher, sheltered from pop music, raised on hymns and Johnny Cash. “Mom played piano and organ, my dad did the preaching, the thing that my sister and I could add to the service was to sing.” As fate would have it, the kid was born to do it.
He grew up in the Iron Range town of Babbitt, Minnesota, and the rural flatlands of Appleton, Wisconsin. Along with the family’s spiritual doctrine, came a musician uncle, who taught Cory about the blues: Howlin’ Wolf, Robert Johnson, Sonny Boy Williamson.
This musical education put young Cory on a path that was well worn by the greats who came before him and influenced him: people like Cash, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, Sam Cooke, and Otis Redding. For Cory, songwriting is a by-product of existing. We all talk to ourselves. Cory does so with a melody. Those internal conversations are the seeds, the building blocks of his songs. “Where a painter, in order to express himself, would reach for a canvas and paints, I go to the guitar and try to build it out. Or sometimes songs just come fully-formed, usually, if I’m really sleep-deprived and driving for whatever reason, it’s like a radio station that my brain picks up.”
“Old Believers” is the second LP from Cory Chisel & The Wandering Sons. The record, in Cory’s words, is about rebuilding, and there’s a directness that comes through in the songwriting. “Life is a series of creating things, living with the inevitable destruction of those things, and then finding within yourself the ability to create again.”