Touring musician Jeff Beam is coming to Johnson City on November 16th. The Portland, Maine native is performing at The Acoustic Coffeehouse at 8pm as part of his 10-show tour of the eastern seaboard. Other stops on the tour include Burlington VT, Charlottesville VA, Athens GA, and New York City.
Beam plays music inspired by the likes of Neil Young, Elliott Smith, Radiohead, and The Olivia Tremor Control. Beam is a multi-instrumentalist; his albums are layered affairs that focus on melodic songwriting and interesting chord changes, stitched together by lush soundscapes and new sounds. Beam is occasionally backed by a five-piece band; on this tour, Beam embarks on a solo journey, utilizing acoustic, electric, and bass guitar, with looping and samples.
This is Beam’s 2nd show in Tennessee, first playing in Nashville in 2010. “I’m really looking forward to playing in Johnson City and seeing what it’s all about,” said Beam. “A tour like this is a great opportunity for me to see the country, and I think it’s important to hit parts of the country that are less obvious than big city spots like NYC or Washington DC or Nashville. It’s an expansive country, and it’s made up of all kinds of different areas. But it’s funny – Johnson City is the 9th largest town in Tennessee, but it’d be the biggest city in Maine, population-wise.”
Beam has performed with national acts like Spoon, Deer Tick, Robert Schneider (The Apples In Stereo), Eleanor Friedberger (Fiery Furnances), Nat Baldwin (Dirty Projectors), and Jefferson Starship. His new album, Is Believed To Have Been, is available on Teenarena Records on CD, cassette, and digital download.