Santa Fe Landmark Dining Establishment Cowgirl Serves up Americana-California “Americali” Musicians Melody Walker & Jacob Groopman Sept. 8

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Cowgirl, a locals and visitor favorite barbeque restaurant, brings Melody Walker and Jacob Groopman to the stage from 5 to 7: 30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012. The restaurant is located at 319 South Guadalupe Street, Santa Fe, NM. The event and the Cowgirl are featured on Santa Fe’s premier on-line visitor guide

Santa Fe Landmark Dining Establishment Cowgirl Serves Up Americana-California “Americali” Musicians Melody Walker & Jacob Groopman Sept. 8

As scheduling, luck, and fate would have it the Cowgirl, one of Santa Fe, New Mexico’s must see, dine and enjoy restaurant and nighttime hotspots, is bringing talented and established musicians Melody Walker and Jabob Groopman to the stage from 5 to 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012. Early evening is fine time to bring excellent music for diners and visitors at the company’s restaurant to enjoy and the evening is sure to be top drawer.

Melody Walker is a multi-talented multi-instrumentalist and virtuosic vocalist from Northern California. Starting with piano at age 6 and then guitar at 13, Melody’s classical ear grew alongside the myriad musical tastes of her parents, which ranged from the Beatles to Bill Monroe to Bossa Nova and back again. Soon, Ms. Walker was writing original songs and forming bands with friends in middle and high school. Melody went on to study piano, voice and world percussion at Humboldt State University in Arcata, California. Ms. Walker holds a B.A. in Music. A musical thrill-seeker of sorts, Melody’s curious ear comes from around the world brought forth by studying music, most notably in India and Brazil. This travel revealed a greater appreciation for the American traditional music which Ms. Walker was raised around and creating an amazing singular perspective idiosyncratic beauty.

Melody’s songwriting is strongly rooted in Western folk and pop forms, while the content and delivery of the music draws on more global sounds and themes. Combined with a holistic understanding of music theory and competence on several instruments, Ms. Walker brings a new unique voice to the American song.. Melody won’t lie and tell listeners about not trying to change the world through music, but patience is applied while taking time getting there, coating each word with honey so you want to sing along. Melody has been performing as a professional and semi-professional musician with several bands since 2005. Ms. Walker has released one solo album of original music and four more in collaboration.

About the Duo: What do they do? Melody's soulful songwriting and Jacob's picking prowess join together in a duo that is creating its own genre: "Americali". Hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area and the Blue Ridg e Mountains of Virginia, respectively, Melody and Jacob represent a real fusion of ideas and sounds, with the literacy and musicianship to pull it off. The duo’s voices harmonize earnestly over intricate textures of banjo, guitar and mandolin, while singing of ancient truths and futuristic myths, bringing their eclectic influences to life in traditional forms.

What is the "Americali" sound? It's basically Americana with a California twist. Both Jacob and Melody have extensively studied and performed not only bluegrass and American folk music, but also rock, jazz, classical, afrobeat, samba, and balkan styles. Despite such diverse tastes, their arrangements tend toward simplicity and stay close to a well-studied American folk roots, striving to usher the duo into a new age of relevance.

About Jacob: Jacob Groopman is also a multi-talented string player that started off on piano as a child. Mr. Groopman played in rock bands as a teenager in Virginia but went on to earn a degree in Jazz Guitar from Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and then delved right into Bluegrass and Jug Band music, touring Europe with Jug Free America. Shortly after graduating and moving to the San Francisco Bay Area, Mr. Groopman joined nationally touring afrobeat group Albino! and traditional Bluegrass band Donner Mountain. These eclectic influences have served to make Mr. Groopman a formidable force on several instruments and an in-demand player in the Bay Area music scene.

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