Ben Taylor, Heather Maloney and Adam Ezra

Boarding House Park
40 French Street
Lowell, MA Venue Information
Buy Tickets Friday August 15, 2014 7:30 PM
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Listening is Ben Taylor's first album in four years, the last being the critically acclaimed The Legend of Kung Folk Part 1 (2008) which had CNN commenting that the album, "reflects the broad palette of pop" and Blurt Magazine declaring, "For some time now Ben's been busy carving out a unique niche for himself in the music world." His first release was 2002's Famous Among The Barns, followed by Another Run Around The Sun, which featured the songs "Someday Soon", "Nothing I Can Do" and "Always," which generated strong radio airplay.

Listening flawlessly fuses the sounds and styles of folk, pop, soul, urban, reggae and country, and is, as Ben says, "an evolution." A self-described "late bloomer" musically, Ben didn't start singing until his early 20s. The hesitation is understandable, given the daunting example of success set by his parents, James Taylor and Carly Simon. While Ben thought of other vocations he could pursue, including a wilderness guide or martial arts instructor, he was drawn to the family business. Ben had a true affinity for music, and not surprisingly, a love for words.

Listening was co-produced by Ben and his long time musicians; drummer Larry Ciancia, bass player Ben Thomas and guitarist David Saw (Saw also co-writes most of the music with Ben). While he enjoys being in the studio, Ben is looking forward to getting out on the road too. "If you take being in the studio over playing live, you lose out. They are both important parts of the same process. You need to write a song, perform it in front of people and have an audience react to it. It helps me with the writing and presentation of the recorded song if I play it live before I record it. To me, you don't really hear your song for the first time until you share it."

An admitted harsh critic on his own work, Ben is quite happy with the end result of Listening. "I hope people like it. I am immensely self-critical, and almost always want to start from scratch when I finish an album. The hardest thing about being a member of my family is the expectations I put on myself. The best thing about it has been my ability to overcome that in order to be the best performer and musician I can be. My wish would be that anyone who spends time with Listening just digs the songs."

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Heather Maloney is a western Massachusetts based artist who has received numerous accolades for her startlingly soulful voice and literate songwriting exploring themes of spirituality, transformation, and impermanence. Critics are quickly discovering Maloney's talent with 'No Depression' raving "Her music is riveting, her voice adventurous, her lyrics thought-provoking..." while Blurt Magazine wrote "Heather Maloney is one of the most talented tradition-based singer-songwriters I've heard in some time...the writing is stunning."
If there's a typical path to becoming a songwriter, Maloney didn't follow it. Although she went to school for music and had done plenty of singing, she only began writing tunes a few years ago after living and working for three years in a silent-retreat meditation center in central Massachusetts. "The biggest motivating factor in writing was probably the experiences that I was having here in my meditation practice," she says. "There was the difficulty of it, the suffering of it, and wanting to channel that into something creative, and on the positive side, the insights that came out of my experiences."

Maloney is primed for a breakout 2014. Her collaboration with Massachusetts-based indie folk quartet Darlingside, the Woodstock EP, garnered national attention with a New York Times feature for their cover of Joni Mitchell's classic song, "Woodstock." The EP was released by Signature Sounds in March. Maloney has embarked on an expansive US tour and will begin work on her next full-length album.

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Adam Ezra performs a rare solo show. VH1's Ben Tishler has said, "Adam Ezra is one of the most promising songwriters to come along in years... with the craftsmanship and insight to become a major voice in American music."

Ezra has spent time living out of a van, farming in Canada, volunteering for the relief effort in Kosovo, and practicing environmental geography in South Africa. Whether as a kitchen hand or carpenter, teacher, athlete, or traveler, Ezra crams it all into the music, always challenging our perspective and often teetering somewhere between the ballsy rocker and sensitive poet.

Ezra has created his own non-profit organization called RallySound. Its mission: to help create socially conscious, live music events that inspire communities, grassroots activism and civic engagement.

The Adam Ezra Group's live performances, often compared to Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, have established them as one of the premier indie bands in the Northeast. They have toured with Rusted Root, The Avett Brothers, Jason Mraz, The Goo Goo Dolls, Blues Traveler, Los Lobos, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Dwight Yoakam, Corey Smith, and Little Feat.

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