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VANDAVEER is the song-singing, record-making, globetrotting project penned and put forth by alt-folk tunesmith Mark Charles Heidinger. Born in Ohio, raised in Kentucky, and currently camped out in the nation's capital, Vandaveer offers up melodic Americana that is both haunting and easy, forlorn and welcoming, with stories as universal as the songs they inhabit. Vandaveer shapeshifts from studio to stage and back with a revolving cast of characters, most prominent among them Rose Guerin, offering up the loveliest harmonies heard this side of Eden. Vandaveer's third full length, Dig Down Deep, offers a collage of churning rhythms, steady guitar and ringing piano beneath tales of war and impermanence, loss and love. The music serves as both mirror and platform for Vandaveer's stories-booming bass drum during moments of turmoil and conquest, throaty cello in moments of peace and predation, trembling keys in moments of uncertainty and hope. Out of the mosaic rise two voices in perfect harmony (Heidinger and Guerin), narrating and navigating the lives of Vandaveer's characters with confidence and grace. Heidinger's lyrics incorporate imagery both grandiose and familiar, and he balances the two with ease. He calls to the young man in the title track, 'you plant your feet, you stand your ground, while the bricks you laid come crumbling down from head to toe, covered up in dust like Jericho... you know a house don't make a home when you build it all alone'. Vandaveer has an disarming ability to stand, walk and feel in someone else's skin, using familiar words in a fresh context to give them new life and meaning. Dig Down Deep will be released April 26, 2011 in the North America on Supply and Demand Music.

My Artists Sessions

Thursday, March 17

8:00pm CDT