Maverick Green Sofa Sessions

 

History

In 2014 I had an idea which I put to the Founder and Director of the Maverick Festival of Americana Roots Music, Paul Spencer. Cutting a long story short i found an old red sofa in a barn and the rest is history as they say. Nearly 200 individual singer / song writers and bands have sat on the Red Sofa. Many of the photographs have been used by the musicians for publicity and some have made their way onto album covers. In 2018 I did the sessions on an iPhone when we couldn't get the red sofa out a barn full of hay bales. Examples of sessions between 2014 -2018 which shows the development of the concept.

Flats and Sharps

Flats and Sharps from the Maverick Red Sofa Sessions 2014

Goat Roper Band

Goat Roper Band from the Maverick Red Sofa Sessions 2014

Marty O'Reilly

Marty O'Reilly from the Maverick Red Sofa Sessions 201

Billy Bragg

Billy Bragg from the Maverick Red Sofa Sessions 2015

Tom Paley

Tom Paley from the Maverick Red Sofa Sessions 2015

Larkin Poe

Larkin Poe from the Maverick Red Sofa Sessions 2015

Sam Outlaw with Molly Parden

Sam Outlaw with Molly Parden from the Maverick Red Sofa Sessions 2016

Simon Stanley Ward

Simon Stanley Ward from the Maverick Red Sofa Sessions 2016

Britt Gully

Britt Gully from the Maverick Red Sofa Sessions 2016

Royal Jelly Jive

Royal Jelly Jive from the Maverick Red Sofa Sessions 2017

Bill Steber/Rambling Steve Gardiner

Bill Steber and Rambling Steve Gardener from the Maverick Red Sofa Sessions 2017

Henry Brothers

Henry Brothers from the Maverick Red Sofa Sessions 2017

Dan Webster

Dan Webster from the Maverick Red Sofa Sessions 2018 shot with an iPhone

Jonathan Byrd

Jonathan Byrd from the Maverick Red Sofa Sessions 2018 shot with an iPhone

Orange Circus Band

Orange Circus Band from the Maverick Red Sofa Sessions 2018 shot with an iPhone

Maverick Green Sofa Sessions 2019

After the burning of the red sofa sometime in 2019 a change was coming. While looking for the red sofa i came across a green sofa covered in hay. It was time to move on and the Green Sofa Sessions was born.

 

Not unlike early recordings of Country musicians playing on a porch or steps, as exemplified by the excellent series by Ken Burns "The History Country Music", Jackson invited musicians to perform live straight to camera using only one overhead microphone.

 

They are recorded for posterity for the Maverick Festival archive. All music © the musicians all film material © Bill Jackson Foto Films. 

 

This is only the beginning. Below is an introduction by the Maverick Festival Director Paul Spencer and a message from The Crux to all American music fans.

Maverick Green Sofa Sessions can be seen on Vimeo

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