Ken’s Music Pick: Jody Mulgrew at the Living Room

Jody Mulgrew

West Coast songwriter Jody Mulgrew originally began building his musical foundation as a formally trained vocalist, performing with several respected jazz and classical ensembles across the country. Eventually however, Mulgrew fell for the dusty dance hall sounds of American Country and Rhythm & Blues.

Jody Mulgrew

Right outa the gate, Mulgrew began to cause a stir. His first independent venture, the duo The Johnny Starlings with Yohei Shikano, yielded an E.P., a full length album, and a song, “Slow-Dance,” featured on the nationally syndicated radio program A Prairie Home Companion.

Now, as a solo artist, Jody released his own debut album “Rocket Ship” in the fall of last year. While still very much steeped in the traditions of Americana and Country with the likes of “My Love Won’t Reach” & “Rocket Ship,” the album also steps beyond that circle a bit, with songs like “California Time,” that are more contemporary in their sound and context.

Jody Mulgrew

Jody Mulgrew plays at the Living Room on Saturday, June 16 at 7pm // FREE

Splitting his time between performing and producing, contributor Ken Beasley primarily plays with his own roots/rock band, Ken Beasley & Co., as well as the power punk outfit,Missy Sport, while also curating the Underground at the Abrons music series on the Lower East Side.