November 17th, 2022
Rube & Rake at LIVE! on Elgin
With guest Joe McDonald
Rube & Rake:
Rube & Rake’s new album begins with an ode to family and friends— togetherness—as Josh Sandu declares, against a hopeful bluegrass backdrop, “somewhere there’s a place to lay my head.” Nine songs later, over a gently plucked guitar, he sings, “I won’t go picking it up, the weight of the page is just too much.”
Following the award-winning 2017 debut Back and Forth, the St. John’s- based Sandu and Andrew Laite wanted to keep the core of that album’s artistic successes—musical and collaborative harmony, folk storytelling—while recognizing audience expectations have intensified. “The first album ends up being the greatest hits of what you’ve done so far,” says Laite. “With record number two, you want it to be in the ring with the first one, only bigger and stronger.”
For their sophomore album Leaving With Nothing, Sandu and Laite enlisted producer Adam Hogan, best known for his anthemic guitar work as a member of Newfoundland’s most beloved indie-rock outfit, Hey Rosetta!. Recording in bits in houses around St. John’s, Rube & Rake (& Adam) worked to expand the band’s sound to include more instrumentation, pleasingly surprising time changes, and an overall expansion of intention.
Ottawa valley-bred singer/songwriter and guitar extraordinaire Joe McDonald effortlessly weaves melody, emotion and precise flatpick-style guitar together like flowers on a finely tailored cowboy shirt. Joe performs numerous shows a year as a solo artist and as a band leader, and is known for his warm rapport with audiences, diverse musicianship and accomplished songwriting. He has performed at Ottawa’s Bluesfest four times, Cityfolk, Marvfest and many other fairs, private events and club dates. Legendary artists like Willie Nelson and Townes Van Zandt have had a strong influence on his sound. Joe currently gigs in the Ottawa area and is working on a plethora of recording and writing projects.
November 17th, 2022
220 Elgin Street, 2nd Floor
7:00pm Doors \\ 8:00pm Show
Ticket $10 Advanced \\ $15 at the door