NOT THE SAME OLD SONG Welcomes Singer-Songwriter, Pop & Folk Artists to Joe's Pub, April/May


"Not the Same Old Song" presents singer/songwriter, pop and folk performances at Joe's Pub in April and May. Tickets on sale now online at, by phone at 212-967-7555 or in person at The Public Theater Box Office (1 PM to 6 PM) located at 425 Lafayette Street, NYC.

Check out the artists participating in the event below.

April 21 at 7:00pm, $15

Lacrymosa is the solo-moniker of Caitlin Pasko. Hailing from Virginia Beach, VA, Pasko was taught classical piano from a young age, and quickly showed a preternatural genius for the instrument. Her mastery of impressionistic cadences and romantic conveyance of melody gave way, despite her rigorous background, to a song writing ability beyond the pale of her peers. At twenty, she’s channeled the playful character of Regina Spektor and Feist in the creation of a stamp all her own, one steeped in the mystic literacy of Joanna Newsom and Kate Bush, capable of deep deliverance and nurture.

April 17 at 7:00pm, $25

Tomas Kalnoky is the lead singer/guitarist and songwriter of the bands Streetlight Manifesto and Bandits of the Acoustic Revolution. He also held this position in the famed 3rd-wave ska band Catch 22, but left the band after making only one album (their debut, entitled Keasbey Nights) to attend the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia.Kalnoky has a unique singing voice, which slightly changed during the period between his participation in Catch 22 (throaty and raspy) and Streetlight Manifesto (slightly nasal). In both of these bands, he uses a unique guitar technique that is an innovative take on the ska strumming method. Kalnoky uses the classic upstroke technique, but executes it in a fashion so rapid that it is highly removed from the more traditional sound of first-wave and two-tone ska.

So--where were you those first few harrowing years of the 21st century? Sycamore Smith was kicking a bass drum and kazooing his nuts off as one-half of the Michigan folk-punk duo "The Muldoons." That band broke up, so now Mr. Smith strums his guitar, blows his kazoo and warbles his tunes all by his lonesome. But really--who cares about the music? Lyrics have always been Smith's forte, and his scribblings focus on the gruesomely funny exploits of dip-shit characters whose twisted histories unfold over the course of countless interconnected songs. Sycamore Smith has released four solo EPs since 2005. These recordings have been described as "dream-like," but only by Sycamore himself. And he qualifies that by adding, "These are the kinds of dreams you might have if you ate your own foot before going to sleep."

April 29 at 9:30pm, $15

Mike + Ruthy have been touring and recording together for thirteen years. A timeless original folk and blues duo from Woodstock, NY, their fan-funded CD "Million to One" rose to the top 20 on the Americana charts in 2010. On April 17th, 2012 they are excited to introduce THE NYC EP a collection of six compelling new songs which includes their newly re-crafted Woody Guthrie ballad "My New York City." Mike + Ruthy concerts celebrate the soul of Americana through witty, spellbinding stories and songs featuring fiddle, banjo, guitar, ukulele and their hallmark, white-knuckle-tight harmony singing.

Aoife O’Donovan (pronounced EEF-ah) grew up in a musical family, immersed in folk music. She went on to study contemporary improvisation at the New England Conservatory of Music in her hometown of Boston. Since her first professional engagement singing lead for the folk group The Wayfaring Strangers, she has maintained a wide variety of side projects and collaborations, working with numerous other artists including Ollabelle, Sometymes Why, Karan Casey and Seamus Egan, Jerry Douglas, Jim Lauderdale, Darol Anger, Sarah Jarosz, Sara Watkins, Christina Courtin, Noam Pikelny and Chris Thile (The Punch Brothers). Most recently she has recorded and performed with Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, Stuart Duncan and Chris Thile as a guest vocalist on The Goat Rodeo Sessions.

May 5 at 9:00pm, $15

The Old Ceremony draws plays lush, literate rock.With over six years of touring and four albums under their belt, the Durham/Chapel Hill, NC band occupies its own darkly lit corner of the musical world. It is a corner filled with ominous rumblings and world-weary but hopeful characters. TOC has performed with CAKE, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Chuck Berry, Polyphonic Spree, Mountain Goats, and Avett Brothers, and was included in PASTE Magazine's "Top 100 Albums of 2006." They are currently working on their first film score, for a new Ed Asner film, and Their newest album, Tender Age, is available now on Alyosha Records. TOC is led by songwriter Django Haskins, and includes bassist Matt Brandau, drummer Dan Hall, vibes/organist Mark Simonsen, and violinist/keyboardist Gabriel Pelli.

The Universal Thump is a Brooklyn-based band led by singer-songwriter & producer Greta Gertler and drummer/producer, Adam D. Gold. For the past few years they've been submerged in a basement recording studio near the Gowanus Canal, recording an orchestral pop double-album featuring over 60 musicians. Inspired partly by Melville's 'Moby Dick' and their own whale-watching expeditions, The Universal Thump has toured throughout Australia, Europe and the West Coast USA. In 2010, they performed George Harrison's "All Things Must Pass" in its entirety for its 40th Anniversary, in 'whale-of-sound' mode (18 piece band plus guest vocalists Shara Worden, Missy Higgins, John Wesley Harding, Dayna Kurtz and others). On May 5, they will be releasing "Flora" their first music video and single.

May 5 at 11:30pm, $12 Advance / $15 Door

At this pre-release show, singer-songwriter Megan Palmer will play for her 4th album “Waycross” in its entireity with her band The Top Flights. “Waycross” features 10 new tracks recorded on Van Halen’s old tape machine by Mitch Rackin at Seaside Studios in Park Slope, Brooklyn . All songs were composed by the Ohio-born Palmer as she transitioned from a decade in Columbus to her new life in New York City.The Top Flights are made up of Palmer’s fellow Ohio transplants, Larry Cook on bass, Steve Purcell on drums, and Kate Sland on backing vocals augmented by New York’s own Jason Crosby (Susan Tedeschi, Blind Boys of Alabama, Robert Randolph) on organ and Philidelphia’s Scott Metzger (Rana, Joss Stone) on guitar. Megan’s previous releases include two collaborations with Grammy Award-winning producer Jeff Caimpa, “Forget Me Not” in 2006 and “Old 33” in 2010, and one, 2007’s “Take You Away”, recorded in Joshua Tree, CA with Tim Easton.

Alex Battles is a songwriter. His compositions range from country weepers to folk ballads and rock stompers. He sings and plays the songs with his band The Whiskey Rebellion. The Whiskey Rebellion contains six members, including Battles, dedicated to making a roof-shaking joyful hodgepodge of honky-tonk, jump blues, and rock 'n' roll.


May 9 at 6:30pm & 9:00pm, $35 Reserved / $40 Premium

Joe's Pub and the Country Music Association are proud to announce the continuation of the successful CMA (Country Music Association) Songwriter Series with some of Nashville’s finest songwriters. Bob DiPiero will return as host. CMA Songwriters Series is proudly sponsored by American Airlines, ASCAP, BMI and GAC.

Phil Vassar is a Virginia-born songwriter and musician that undoubtedly made his mark in Nashville as an acclaimed artist. Phil’s known not only for his gift for hit songwriting, but also for his compelling and highly entertaining skills on the piano. His uniquely piano-based, rhythm and blues-infused, infectiously buoyant brand of music has carried Phil throughout his career and remains his specialty in the genre. His resume boasts numerous hits for artists including Alan Jackson, Tim McGRaw, Jo Dee Messina, and Collin Raye, and many more hits as an artist in his own right. He’s been named the ASCAP Songwriter of the Year twice and has taken top honors from the Academy of Country Music, Billboard MusicRow, and also honored by the the CMA’s.

Craig Michael Wiseman has been active since the late 1980s as a songwriter, he has had his songs recorded by Tim McGRaw, Faith Hill, Kenny Chesney, LeAnn Rimes, and several other acts. His credits include the Number One singles "The Good Stuff" by Kenny Chesney and "Live Like You Were Dying" by Tim McGRaw, which were declared by Billboard as the Number One country songs for the years of 2002 and 2004, respectively; "Live Like You Were Dying" also earned Wiseman the 2004 Grammy Award for Best Country Song.

Alan Gordon "Al" Anderson is an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter. Between 1971 and the early 1990s, he was the lead guitarist in the rock band NRBQ, also releasing several solo albums. He also played electric guitar on JoNathan Edwards' 1973 album Have a Good Time for Me. In the 1990s, Anderson shifted his focus to country music, writing hits for such acts as Carlene Carter, Vince Gill, Diamond Rio and Trisha Yearwood, as well as Tim McGRaw's Number One hit "The Cowboy in Me" and several album cuts.

May 11 at 7:00pm, $25

Since her debut in 1997, critics have consistently heralded Mary Gauthier. Her breakthrough album, Mercy Now (2005) was continuously “discovered” and lauded for the two years following its release, earning mentions on a score of year-end “best of” lists in ‘05, including the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune and No Depression. Her most recent release, Between Daylight and Dark (2007) was praised by Paste Magazine. Her newest effort, “The Foundling” was produced by Michael Timmins of Cowboy Junkies.

Ed Romanoff has lived in VA, WY, and NY collecting an array of songs ranging from cattle ranches to carnivals. He co-wrote and toured internationally with Mary Gauthier. “The Fifth of July,” with Mary Gauthier and Crit Harmon, won First Place for 'Best Lyrics' in the 2011 USA Songwriting Competition. His debut album was produced by Crit Harmon and features Josh Ritter, Tift Merritt, Mary Gauthier and Meg Hutchinson.

May 12 at 9:30pm, $18

Graduated from the Berklee College of Music, Marta Gómez has developed an extensive music career which has placed her as one of the most interesting singer songwriters on the world music scene today.Marta and her group perform a repertoire of original compositions based on a vast amount of rhythms from Latin America. With her songs, Marta mixes the joy of the Caribbean with the nostalgia of the Andes adding jazz and pop elements, taking the authenticity of South American indigenous folk music into a new realm.With more than 80 composed songs, This young singer-songwriter not only traverses a whole range of Colombian cumbias and bambucos, Argentine zambas, chilean cuecas, Bolivian carnavalitos and Peruvian festejos but she also writes the kind of melodies and refrains that translates across any language barrier. Marta is nourished by the everyday stories, and from this nostalgia, songs emerge with a deep social and human content.

May 13 at 7:00pm, $20

Longtime disciple of the rich and strange music that sings behind the American veil, Jeffrey Foucault has spent the last decade mining the darker seams of country and blues, producing a string of spare and elemental albums of rare power while garnering accolades across the United States and overseas for a tersely elegant brand of songwriting set apart by its haunting imagery and weather-beaten cool. He lives in Western Massachusetts.On the song "Night," from Sean Rowe's forthcoming ANTI debut, “Magic”, the singer turns his rich, unnerving baritone to a moment of childhood innocence. Back then, he muses, you could fall "like a floating leaf," and the earth would "look up at you and smile." Rowe's deep, magical voice is nothing if not wise and experienced; he knows full well that after the innocence comes the fall. This ability to conjure dueling emotions - the elation of childhood versus the bruising of real life - marks the arrival of a skilled lyricist and songwriter.

May 14 at 9:30pm, $12