Brittany Ann Tranbaugh, Jon Chase, and Little Busy
at The Parlor Room
Friday, July 14
Show 7:30pm / Doors 7:00pm
ADV $20 / $18 (Member Price)
DOS $25 / $23 (Member Price)
Brittany Ann Tranbaugh
In February 2023, 31-year-old Brittany Ann Tranbaugh (pronounced TRAN-baw) finally quit her office job to pursue a full-time music career. Though she began writing songs and playing gigs as a teenager, multiple bouts of creative and mental health struggles—culminating in a several years-long hiatus from music altogether in her mid-to-late 20s—prevented her from ever taking the full leap. Everything changed in 2021 when her longtime friend Jackson Emmer called her up and implored her to come out to Colorado and record her backlog of original songs with him. Tranbaugh hit the road and spent a week with Emmer in his home studio, resulting in Quarter Life Crisis Haircut, her comeback EP released in April 2022. Bouncing between witty sarcasm and heartbreaking vulnerability, the songs tackled a wide range of topics including her sixth grade queer awakening, an awkward run-in with an old acquaintance, and the impossibility of true folk music authenticity in our modern age. Listening back to the finished product, she began to feel the flickers of confidence again.
Tranbaugh’s music became even more powerful when she reunited with bassist Joe Plowman and guitarist Kevin Brosky, two old friends from her Temple University house show scene days. Plowman introduced drummer Adam Shumski, and the group instantly re-energized Tranbaugh’s musical instincts, with old songs gaining new life and new songs blossoming with lush arrangements. The supercharged group hit the Philly music scene and established themselves as local favorites, garnering praise from WXPN and drawing enthusiastic crowds.
In July 2022, Tranbaugh's queer Americana heartbreaker "Kiss You" was awarded Song of the Year in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, which came with a $20,000 cash prize. She used the money to fly her band out to Los Angeles to record five songs with Grammy-winning producer Tyler Chester (Madison Cunningham, Margaret Glaspy, Watkins Family Hour), which proved to be a life-affirming trip. In March 2023, Tranbaugh released the first song from this new batch, the exuberant long-distance-relationship anthem “Can’t Wait No Rush.” Listeners can expect three more singles this summer and a full EP, entitled Comets, in the fall. The new songs showcase Tranbaugh in her new era: energetic, self-assured, surrounded by her beloved musical community, and more commanding as a vocalist and writer than ever before.
Seattle born, Joh Chase, is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Having toured several times nationally and regionally since 2006, Joh Chase is a seasoned veteran to the indie and grass roots music scene on the West Coast. Opening for Noah Gundersen, Aaron Sprinkle, Barcelona, David Bazan, and Robert DeLong to name a few, Joh's earlier folk/rock song writing came from their Northwest roots. Their career beginnings have led them to play in notable venues across the country as well as collaborating with artists like Huit Kilos (Ricardo Lemvo), Joey Ryan (Milk Carton Kids), Robert DeLong (Glassnote Records), Scott Gates, Damon Turner (Trap Heals) and Z the Band (Nas).
Joh has independently funded several full length records and various tours since the early 2000s through online outlets, such as kickstarter.com. In 2019 Joh's fans financed a full length record which is slated to be released. The record has been mixed by Dan Molad (Emily King, Lucius, Coco) with Marc Walloch (Beck, AWOL) and Brendan McCusker (Jenny Lewis, Ryan Adams) as the backing rhythm section. An exciting record release announcement will be coming in spring '23.
Kill Rock Stars released "Lucky Penny", a standalone single, mixed by Molad, on February 21st. Listen here!
On the heels of moving out of the city and back to the woods, Little Busy casts a warm light on the learning and longing that comes with starting over. At the center of the project is Maggie Kraus, formerly of the valley-based folk duo Hannah & Maggie. Kraus shines as a storyteller, mapping a heartfelt archive of the uncountable landscapes between here and their debut EP, Leverett, a jovial hometown ode that was written and recorded in the hills of rural Massachusetts. Their most recent record, Big Lands, feels like a lovingly painted picture book of what’s possible when we let ourselves begin again.
Since they began touring in 2010, Maggie has shared the stage with Hurray For The Riff Raff, Dar Williams, and Ben Taylor. They’ve been featured in Curve Magazine and were named one of the “100 People We Love” by GO Magazine. Kraus was one of several national finalists in the Mountain Stage New Song Contest and has performed in venues like Lincoln Center, the Connecticut Folk Festival, and the Academy of Music.
The Parlor Room is a BYOB venue. Tickets are non-refundable.
The Parlor Room is located at 32 Masonic Street Northampton, MA 01060
Date & Time
Fri, Jul 14, 2023 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM