Saturday, October 22nd 7 PM - Jesse Terry

posted Sep 28, 2016, 3:24 PM by John Ward   [ updated Sep 28, 2016, 3:30 PM ]

Jesse Terry
is a nationally touring, award-winning singer-songwriter and road warrior. His music has been compared to the likes of Jackson Browne, Ryan Adams, Paul Simon, James Taylor, and Kenny Loggins.

Joining Jesse Terry with be Daventry, a backup back band who's members are Michael Ward (violin/keyboards) and Trinity Presbyterian Church's own Bill Mauchly (guitar/keyboards), Tom Hartwell (bass), and John Ward (drums/vocals).

Also supporting Jesse will be special guests singer-songwriter Craig Bickhardt and percussionist Tommy Geddes.

Jesse Terry has an uncanny ability to weave tales of travel and homecoming, and of sorrow and redemption, into songs that are both timeless and fresh. This CT-based artist has toured the globe, made an appearance at Bonnaroo in 2015, and released four albums since 2009. Terry’s music reflects an amalgam of influences, from Nashville to Laurel Canyon, and his melodic and lyrically-driven Americana style belongs on a playlist between cuts from Josh Ritter, Jackson Browne, Ryan Adams and Neil Young.

Just two months after graduating the prestigious Berklee College of Music, Jesse Terry landed himself a publishing deal as a staff-songwriter in Nashville, TN. Jesse went on to write songs professionally in Music City for five years before growing restless and hitting the road full-time. Since then, Terry has toured relentlessly in support of his two full-length albums, including recent support slots for Darrell Scott (member of Robert Plant’s Band of Joy), Tony Lucca, Marty Balin (founding member of Jefferson Airplane) and Liz Longley. He has shared festival stages with the likes of Mat Kearney, Dar Williams, David Wilcox, Rodney Crowell and Lori McKenna.

"I think I always needed music," Terry explains. That simple truth encapsulates the style of an artist whose lyrical depth has garnered multiple songwriting accolades. The buzz over Jesse Terry continues to build, with tours bringing him from coast to coast and across oceans to the UK, Italy, the Netherlands, and New Zealand. His music has appeared in CW's Hart of Dixie and PBS's Roadtrip Nation. Earlier this year, ABC used "Stay Here With Me" for its series "Forever.”

Jesse has won Grand Prize in several international songwriting competitions, including the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, the CMT/NSAI Songwriting Competition and the 2012 Finals.  Jesse’s song “Let The Blue Skies Go To Your Head” was included on a recent NMS compilation, released worldwide on June 19th by Tommy Boy Records.  He was also selected as one of the "Top 5" in the American Songwriter/Martin Guitar‘s “Pub Deal” contest.

Terry's star is on the rise, and it's no surprise. Through the course of four releases, The Runner (2009), Empty Seat On a Plane (2012), Stay Here With Me (2013), and The Calm & The Storm (2015), Terry draws from a wellspring of emotional depth and combines it with performance skills honed over hundreds of shows and hundreds of thousands of miles on the road. The result is a palette ranging from poetic ballads to uptempo, rootsy pieces, always beautifully crafted and displaying sweet wistfulness and heartache. This is music that explores the contrast of light and dark, with a core that is timeless and authentic. Jesse Terry's superlative new EP, The Calm & The Storm, captures both the intimacy of his live performances and his thoughtful compositional style, with choice layers of harmonies and instrumentation that evoke the landscapes and faces of the road, the trials and the joys of a traveling troubadour.

Jesse is fresh off an appearance at Bonnaroo where he shared the stage with the likes of Gregory Alan Isakov, Bear’s Den and Guster. Bonnaroo also featured Terry on their 2015 NoiseTrade Mixtape alongside artists such as Brandi Carlile, Hurray for the Riff Raff, and Benjamin Booker. In August, Jesse performed four times at the legendary Philadelphia Folk Festival, whose headliners included Lyle Lovett, Arlo Guthrie and North Mississippi All Stars. Terry's music was also recently included on Birdstone Records' "Independent Celebration, Vol. 1" accompanied by songs from Ben Taylor, Rachael Yamagata and Grant-Lee Phillips.

You can read more about Jesse and check out his videos on his website at

The doors will open at 6:30 PM and the concert will begin at 7 PM.  There is no charge for admission, but a free will offering of $15-20 per person is recommended.