Sunday, February 10, 2008

Jason Myles Goss & Elana Arian



Saturday, February 16, 2008

$12.50 suggested donation at the door + $1 preservation fee, $2.50 discount for members of the JP Tuesday Club, seniors, students and the general public making a reservation at least 24 hours in advance. Cash donation at the door.

Doors 7:30pm. Concert 8:00pm.

Due to the parlor’s intimate size, reservations to notlobmusic @ gmail dot com are recommended.

Notlob Parlor Concerts presents the best local and touring roots, Americana, newgrass, traditional and contemporary folk and blues artists at the historic Loring-Greenough House, 12 South Street, Jamaica Plain, MA. 02130. Built in 1760, the venue listed in the National Register of Historic Places and has been a historic house museum since 1926. Its beautiful period decor and intimate size make it an ideal setting for acoustic music. Past artists include Bob Franke, The Rowan Brothers, Geoff Bartley, Christine Thompson, Dennis Brennan, Aoife O’Donovan (Crooked Still), Kristin Andraessen (Uncle Earl), Mike and Ruthy Ungar Merenda (the Mammals), Pat Wictor, Jud Caswell, Sharon Lewis, Brian Webb and many others. Visit the series’ website at

Jason Myles Goss:

"...And before we hit the stage he looked at me and said, "So, there are two ways to perform; there's the wrong way and then there's the way where you play like someone's trying to take it away from you."

Jason Myles Goss sings his songs like someone is trying to take them away from him, and nowhere is this more apparent than in his stunning second album, Another Ghost. Moving between love ballads, dashboard elegies, and wild-eyed pub waltzes, his writing evokes the grace and economy of David Gray and his voice reverberates with the earnest intensity of Ray Lamontagne, moving tastefully between the plaintive and the bold, the sweet and the soulful, the ragged testimonial and the bittersweet lullaby. Plain and simply— Jason is a stand-out. In a sea of guitar strumming twenty-somethings singing about lost girlfriends and late nights, Jason’s songs resonate at a much deeper level, with lyrics more acutely poetic and stories that pull at something underneath the surface.

“For me, a great song always finds a creative way to point to something beyond itself, something subtle that often exists between the lines, but that continues to pull at you long after the song is over.”

Recorded in an old one-room barn in Grafton, MA, Another Ghost is a collection of songs fashioned together from the remnants of small-town anywhere. Born and raised in quiet Massachusetts mill town this is a world that Jason knows all too well, one full of streetlights, wishing wells, backyard brawlers, and busted-up roads. Influenced by early morning highway drives and AM radio stations, this album deals with holding on to those things that are most important, memories that we relive time and time again, which revisit us like ghosts.

“I wanted the album to sound nostalgic and also to touch on the uncertainty of the future. The first words of the entire album, in Twilight Serenade, are ‘So here’s to you…’ with the idea of giving a toast to all those things that have faded away; the next track, Too Young To Lose, is about making a promise to do what you love despite where ever that may lead, and trying to have faith in yourself.”

With the help of friends Zack Hickman (Josh Ritter, Tarbox Ramblers, Jake Armerding) on upright bass, accordion, lap steel, and harmonica; Sam Kassirer (Josh Ritter, Erin Mckeown) on piano and Hammond organ; and Jack Shanahan (Jack & Present Co.) on drums, Another Ghost was self -released in April, 2005 to a sold-out crowd at Club Passim in Cambridge, MA. The album received critical acclaim and earned Jason spots at legendary music clubs up and down the East coast such as Club Passim (Cambridge, MA), the Tin Angel (Philadelphia), the Living Room (NYC), the Stone Church (Newmarket, NH) and Maxwell’s (Hoboken, NJ). Jason has opened for Lori Mckenna, Ellis Paul, Peter Mulvey, Martha Wainwright, Vance Gilbert, and Jess Klein. He currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.

".....good, genuine, grassroots music"
- Rebel Spirit Music ( -

"This one-man-show reminded everyone packed into the small venue what live acoustic performances are all about and why the up-and-coming deserve to be heard. "
- Kristie Langone, Dissolver Magazine -

" . . .a stellar act . . ."
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" . . .Goss is a thinking person's songwriter. He puts out these thoughts in a voice that's fragile one moment and like a wounded bird falling from the sky the next. . ."
- Valley Advocate (Western, MA) -

" A diamond in the rough. . . his talent and appeal are undeniable. If you aren’t convinced of this yet, just wait until you catch him live or one of his fans catches up with you."
- Pat Keating, Insite Magazine (Boston, MA) -

" . . .a voice raw as whiskey and soothing as honey . . ."
- Metrowest Daily News, Boston MA -

" . . .Goss sings, with silky voice, gentle pining songs of love and loss. A direct expression of the music grown from 80s and 90s songwriter roots, this is the contemporary singer/songwriter reemerged. . ."
- Club Passim, Cambridge, MA -

"Jason is a strong guitar player, he has a great voice and great songs."
- Ellis Paul (Rounder Records recording artist) -

" . . .truth be told, the music is disarmingly sweet. . ."
- Bentley Vanguard (campus paper) -

" . . .Goss’ musical performance was enticing; his combination of storytelling and singing lured in listeners and brought them to his own level, as if they were living the songs themselves. . ."
- The Ithacan, Ithaca NY -

"One of the Brightest on the Folk Circuit Today "
- The Stone Church, Newmarket NH -

"Goss' songs are vocally and lyrically driven. He has the uncanny ability to take a cliché and spin it into original poetry"
- The Oberlin Review, Oberlin, OH -

Elana Arian:

Multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter Elana Arian has done it again. After three years of extensive touring to promote her debut release Foreword, Elana returned to the studio...with a vengeance. She brought with her an impressive cast of musical collaborators: producer Tim Bright (Lisa Loeb, Toshi Reagon), drummer Dan Rieser (Norah Jones), keyboardist John Deley (Dido, the Weepies), and bassist Joe Quigley (Lisa Loeb). The result is How to Stand in the Rain - a stunning new chapter in her burgeoning career as a performing and recording artist.

Elana was raised on equal parts Mozart, Mingus, and Mitchell - influences that guided her to study conducting and violin, jazz guitar, and songwriting in college. On How to Stand in the Rain Elana seamlessly blends the discipline of classical, the freedom of jazz, and the candor of folk music into her own unique style as a singer/songwriter.

A 2007 Kerrville New Folk Finalist, a 2007 Great Waters Folk Festival Finalist, and a 2007 Regional Finalist for the Mountain Stage New Song Competition, Elana is making waves on the national level. She continues to pack houses at legendary music clubs up and down the East Coast, including the Living Room (NYC), the Rockwood Music Hall (NYC), the World Café Live (Philadelphia), the Tin Angel (Philadelphia, PA), Club Passim (Cambridge, MA), and the Iron Horse (Northampton, MA). Elana has opened for Catie Curtis, Erin McKeown, Girlyman, David Wilcox, and she tours regularly with Edie Carey.

Website & artist information:,

Venue & directions: Loring-Greenough House, 12 South Street, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130, the large yellow house at the intersection of Centre and South Streets, across the street from the Civil War monument. Handicap accessible; please call 617-524-3158 for more information.

Parking: The Loring-Greenough House lot holds 12 cars, gates are closed when full. Parking is also available on the street and in the public lot located behind Blanchard’s liquors, one block away.

MBTA: Take #39 bus from either Back Bay Station or Forest Hills Station to the Monument stop, directly in front of the Loring-Greenough House, at the intersections of Centre and South Streets.

Dining: There are several fine restaurants on Centre Street within 2-3 blocks, with on street parking and a large public parking lot behind Blanchard’s. At Centre Street Café - (669A Centre Street, 617-524-9217), show proof of your reservation and get 10% off. More information at

Coffee, tea, water and pastries are available for a donation.

Volunteers: This is a 100% volunteer-run effort. All interested in participating can read the volunteer policy at

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