eddie from ohio – Tickets – Rams Head On Stage – Annapolis, MD – March 28th, 2015

eddie from ohio

eddie from ohio

Peyton Tochterman

Sat, March 28, 2015

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Rams Head On Stage

Annapolis, MD


This event is 21 and over

eddie from ohio
eddie from ohio
Too energetic to be labeled just "folk", and not angry enough to be pegged "alternative", Eddie from Ohio continues to defy description with their unique blend of vocals and acoustic instrumentation. A bedrock foundation of hand and stick percussion and a textural flavoring of guitar/bass/harmonica support the four-part harmonies and lyrically-driven original music. While this combination has drawn comparisons like the Grateful Dead meets Peter, Paul & Mary, or like Jewel fronts the Bare Naked Ladies, EFO fuses a multitude of musical influences to create their own trademark sound. Performing Songwriter writes, "The manic strumminess recalls Ani DiFranco or Dave Matthews, but there's also a deep undercurrent of high, lonesome mountain harmony that should appeal to fans of Alison Krauss and Union Station."

With this trademark sound, EFO has produced nine CDs independently (selling upwards of 150,000 copies to date), toured from Florida to Washington State, cultivated massive postal and email lists, received air play from hundreds of radio stations worldwide, been invited to play the Main Stage at prestigious festivals like Philadelphia Folk, Falcon Ridge Folk Festival (Hillsdale, NY), Telluride Bluegrass Festival (CO) and Strawberry Music Festival (CA), appeared on syndicated radio programs Mountain Stage, West Coast Live and World Cafe, & were awarded "Best Contemporary Folk Group" by the Washington Area Music Association six times since 1997.

Not bad for a Virginia-based band that began in 1991 playing covers in neighborhood bars when three James Madison University graduates (Robbie Schaefer, Eddie Hartness & Michael Clem) teamed up with Virginia Tech alumnae Julie Murphy (now Murphy Wells). After a popular seven year Tuesday night residency at Bad Habits Grille in Arlington, VA, EFO graduated from town taverns to renowned listening rooms and concert series throughout the country, where their tight harmonies and humorous lyrics, set against an eclectic array of musical forms, can be featured to best advantage. Since signing with a national booking agent in 1996, the band has covered the country, from The Somerville Theater outside of Boston to The Great American Music Hall in San Francisco.

The band continues to perform but on a more limited basis since September, 2005 when vocalist Wells was diagnosed with breast cancer. Fortunately, after an intense year of chemotherapy, Wells is on the road to recovery and remains active in cancer cure fundraising. In 2006, bassist/guitarist Clem released his first solo CD (produced by Hartness), and guitarist Schaefer has found quite a calling in children's music, having produced a successful CD and hosting a nightly satellite radio show on XMKids, as well as putting out a new solo CD in December 2008, Strange & Lovely World. Percussionist Hartness continues to keep the beat for a number of local acts and stays active in the world of audio engineering.

Wherever and whenever the four reconvene on the stage, an EFO show is always an experience to remember.
Peyton Tochterman
Peyton Tochterman
Peyton Tochterman's story begins in Aldie, Virginia, a small rural town where as he describes " the mill doesn't run, we had a small country store, a church that no one went to, Buzzy's gas station that hasn't had pumps since before I was born, and a post office. " The town's still there, Peyton is not. But his songwriting delves deep into this kind of American rural upbringing. As Ellis Paul puts it, ""Peyton Tochterman has an old soul's gift for writing the ageless, earthy songs that define what is best about American Music. His songs carry the weighty truths that make life less of a burden for those who hear them." Peyton's songs reach deep into the rural landscape of America and don't just talk about the beauty and light of our country, or our relationships with others, but also about the often disenfranchised, darker culture of the American reality- both spiritually and economically.

In 2012 Tochterman was hired by The State Department of The United Stated to travel to war torn Afghanistan as A Cultural Ambassador for Music where he performed for not only members of the US Military and our coalition forces, but also for and with local Afghans. He was the first American (and likely the last) to ever perform at The Citadel in Herat built by Alexander The Great in 330 B.C. The state department described his work while abroad as "doing more for diplomacy between Afghanistan and The United States than anything else we have done." As one LT. Col. in the Marines who was at his show told him, "You made our job easier today," referring to Tochterman's concert where he invited 8 Afghan musicians to perform with him on stage. "This is the kind of thing that will truly resonate throughout the culture here." Tochterman's music resonates for sure.

Peyton is a Virginian. He is an American. As did Tochterman, his songs begin and take route in the rural south, but reach far out into the world. At the end of the day you can trust that his songwriting is honest, bold, and uncompromising.

Nothing is going to change that.
Venue Information:
Rams Head On Stage
33 West St.
Annapolis, MD, 21401

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