March 13, 5:00 PM
Old House Vineyards, 18351 Corkys Ln, Culpeper, VA 22701
Karen Jonas is an award-winning singer/songwriter from Fredericksburg, VA. Each of her three albums has garnered international acclaim, and charted high on both the US and UK Americana charts. For the last five years, Karen and her musical partner Tim Bray have averaged an impressive 175+ tour dates annually all across the country, and regularly tour through Texas, New Mexico, New York City, Tennessee, and North Carolina.
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Soft Punch, aka Rye Thomas, of Washington D.C. released his debut album, Above Water on September 15th, after years of working on it.
The album is a labor of love that Soft Punch, the stage name of Rye Thomas, has been working on for years since the diagnosis of his chronic illness. It takes you through the highs and lows, mourning the freedom lost, and celebrating the things that he is grateful for in his day to day life. I had the opportunity to sit down and talk to him about his process of writing the album.
The titles of albums are the first thing that an artist sees. That, and the artist’s name. When I first heard the name ‘Soft Punch’, I was intrigued. It was gentle but intentional. “I don’t know if I had a specific ‘A-ha, Lightbulb’ moment, but I was interested in words that sound good together and have multiple meanings,” Thomas said. “It’s a gentle hit, and a nonalcoholic punch. It’s the image of something harsh and something soft is interesting to me. I think I lucked out.”