PeacetownUSA.org is proud to present: Christopher the Conquered & His Black Gold Brass Band - "The Fate of A Good Man" record release show with and Josie Overmyer on Friday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m. at the Sondheim Center.
Mr. Conquered has been through (and charmed the absolute pants off of) Fairfield a number of times - the last being the July ArtWalk's outdoor mini music festival, where he left the town square full of awestruck Fairfieldians, glowing in the wake of his beautiful, soulful jams, charismatic presence, and impressive vocal range.
Those in attendance will never forget his amazing performance a few years back at Cafe Paradiso, where during the last song he lead the entire audience outside to raucously sing along in the streets.
Christopher the Conquered has always been the primary outlet for the musical explorations of Iowa songwriter Chris Ford, but The Fate Of a Good Man marks an important moment in the evolution of the project, as it is the first album to feature a full band, with Ford staying firmly seated at The Piano. He's backed strongly by The Black Gold Brass Band, which is featured heavily on the album, with songs arranged to rise and fall with the energy of the five-piece horn section. Joining them is a rhythm section built with bass, drums, and guitar, along with Ford's keys.
For this collection, Ford has written songs as he's always written songs, using wit and humor to make startlingly real observations of his environment, both Within and Without. As You, the Listener, are no doubt a part of that environment, expect to find yourself placed squarely at the center of each song.
Joining him will be Fairfield's own angel-voiced Josie Overmyer. "Josie has been quietly working her way into local hearts for the past few years with her piercingly honest lyrics, honey-dusted vocals, and vintage acoustic aesthetic. Josie's understated, commanding songs bring to mind the likes of Iron & Wine or Bon Iver crossed with Emmylou Harris or a little Gillian Welch. Proving that one needn't be flashy to catch attention, watching Josie perform live is an amazing experience, especially as she often splits shows with more raucous or upbeat acts. It's not uncommon to watch the room transform from foot-stomping uproar to word-hanging, pin-drop quiet when Josie takes the stage." -Heather Miller Rodriguez on Lyrical Venus