The Martha Bassett Show

Jess Klein / The Alum Ridge Boys & Ashlee / Jerry Chapman

Thu, Jun 6, 2024
The Reeves Theater & Cafe

Jess Klein


Over two decades and 11 albums, Jess Klein—who possesses what MOJO calls “one of those voices you want to crawl up close to the speakers to listen to” has pursued a remarkable creative evolution that’s seen her dig ever deeper for resonant emotional insights, while continuing to refine her eloquently melodic, effortlessly accessible song-craft.  Jon Pareles of The New York Times calls her “a songwriter with a voice of unblinking tenacity…who finds parables in the everyday and also finds humanity behind the archetypal.” 

Klein has performed to rapt audiences at the Newport Folk Festival, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Fuji Rock Festival in Japan and packed houses in notable listening rooms like Joe’s Pub, NYC, The Borderline in London, Club Passim in Boston and Fogartyville in Sarasota, FL. She has appeared on Good Morning America and NPR’s All Things Considered and has toured across the US, Europe and Japan on her own and with such artists as Arlo GuthrieJohn Fullbright and Carlene Carter

The Rochester, NY native began writing songs as a college student in Kingston, Jamaica, and is known for staking out brave lyrical and musical territory with such albums as Wishes Well Disguised (1998), Draw Them Near (2000), Strawberry Lover (2005), City Garden (2006), Bound to Love (2009), Behind A Veil (2012) and Learning Faith (2014) which Folk Radio UK calls “Unquestionably the finest album of her impressive career.”  Jess spent eight years soaking up the live music culture of Austin, TX. Bootleg (2015) Jess’s live, full band album captures the dynamism of Jess onstage, backed by some of Austin’s top players.  Jess was named a 2015 Finalist in the highly regarded Kerrville New Folk Competition

Jess's spoken word piece, _Chicken Soup_, written in 2017 after the Jewish cemetery where her grandparents are buried was vandalized, has received standing ovations at her performances across the U.S. and Europe and is slated for a special re-release in summer of 2022.  Her 2018 song New Thanksgiving Feast, will be featured in No Depression's fall 2022 issue in an article exploring the complex relationship between Thanksgiving and the violent history of American agression against Native Americans.

In 2016, Jess and her husband, songwriter Mike June moved to tiny but vibrant Hillsborough, North Carolina where she recorded 2019's Back to My Green.  Americana UK raved, "When bluesy, gospel-infused fires can be found in the same broad church as soothing, maternal words to the wise, then here is a singer- songwriter who has found not only her place in her world, but also one for all those new arrivals on the scene to look up to."

North Carolina has also proven to be fertile ground for a number of new collaborations for Jess, including singing Jazz & Great American Songbook Standards with her backing band, The Berlin Brothers, as well as **The Halfbacks**, a joint project with her husband Mike June, and most recently, joining North Carolina legend **Jonathan Byrd** on bass guitar and harmonies.

Jess is currently finishing her newest solo album, In the Arms of a Song, due out in late 2022.

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The Alum Ridge Boys & Ashlee


Mining the fertile common ground between bluegrass, early country music, and traditional mountain music, The Alum Ridge Boys & Ashlee are torchbearers for dynamic, deeply grounded old time music. Their powerful harmony singing and energetic instrumentals have captivated audiences around the country and helped the band to win many awards including blue ribbons in the old time band contest at the 85th Annual Old Fiddlers’ Convention in Galax, Virginia and the bluegrass band contest at the 51st Mount Airy Fiddlers’ Convention in North Carolina. Deep knowledge and appreciation for traditional music enables the band to craft tasteful original songs and instrumentals that blend seamlessly alongside the classics. The Alum Ridge Boys & Ashlee cut no corners when it comes to real, hard hitting, old time country music – an approach that is gaining them loyal followers far beyond the reaches of their Virginia mountain home.

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Jerry Chapman


Jerry Chapman is a singer-songwriter living in Mount Airy, NC. He has released 4 solo albums, 2 of which were recorded at Sputnik Studios in Nashville with Grammy-winning producer Mitch Dane (Jars of Clay, Bebo Norman) and mixed by yet another Grammy winner, Vance Powell (Jack White, Chris Stapleton).

For the past couple years, he has been busy writing songs for future releases. Best guess puts that number of songs at around 150. Stay tuned for details on these upcoming recordings.

You say you like to hear songs you already know? Click the Cover Songs tab to see what songs (in addition to his own) you might expect to hear at Jerry's live gigs. Spoiler alert: Tom Petty, Rolling Stones, Jack Johnson, Bruce Springsteen, etc.

Need something a little more than a guy with a guitar, a mic & a harmonica? No problem. Jerry actually plays in a couple bands and can offer anything from "mellow, but fun" to "this might get loud."

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  • Mast
  • Buckeye Advisors
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In partnership with
  • Lowes Foods
  • Piedmont Opera
  • The Carolina Experience
  • Arts Council of Winston-Salem & Forsyth County
  • Reeves Theater
  • Historic Elkin
  • WFDD
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