Mischief-making musician from Mass. lands in Truckee
TRUCKEE andamp;#8212; On Friday, Massachusetts-based musician Jamie Kent will land at Cottonwood Restaurant and Bar, performing with his acoustic trio as part of their five week US Tour.A fresh, young 24-year-old singer-songwriter with big dreams and an ever-expanding fanbase, artist Jamie Kentandamp;#8217;s future as a performer looks quite promising. Drawing on influences from modern artists like Jack Johnson and Jamie Cullum, as well as paying tribute to classic greats Johnny Cash and Frank Sinatra, Kentandamp;#8217;s perfectly mellifluous tunes are roll-the-windows-down, soak-up-some-sun kind of good.Since the release of his debut album andamp;#8220;Neoteny,andamp;#8221; the singer-songwriter is currently collaborating with his trio, Jamie Kent andamp; The Options, to cultivate a sound with a strong folk and jazz influence. In the past year they have toured extensively across the US, playing over 200 shows. Additionally, they have received national radio play on 120+ stations, and recently signed licensing agreements with MTV, VH1, Bravo, and The Discovery Network!.As an independent musician Kent has also created a unique business model to support himself full time. andamp;#8220;The Collective,andamp;#8221; as itandamp;#8217;s called, is a community of his Kentandamp;#8217;s most loyal fans, friends, and advisors who support his career from day one, and reap the greatest returns from its growth. andamp;#8220;Partnersandamp;#8221; in The Collective provide financial support and creative consultation in return for free access to exclusive cuts of his music, live performances, the coolest merchandise, and a voice in the major decisions he must make throughout his career.Though by day Kent is a full time musician, by night he often transforms into his alter ego andamp;#8220;The Mischief Man.andamp;#8221; This generally manifests itself in fantastic PR stunts that conveniently spread the word of Kentandamp;#8217;s music through new distribution channels.For example, this past summer Kent and a group of fans secretly planted his album in every single NYC Starbucks (171 to be exact), filmed the process, and turned it into a hilarious music video for his song Mischief Man (www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogJ5nNjsWMM). In a music industry that has become the Wild Wild West, Kent is an independent artist shaking things up and blazing his own trail to success. The show starts at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28. For information or to reserve a table, visit http://www.cottonwoodrestaurant.com or call 530-587-5711. For more tour dates, music, and videos of Jamie Kent, visit http://www.jamiekent.com.