From the drunk on the town to the cop on the take, there’s an interesting tale in the songs of Jefferson Berry. These songs are performed by a collection of unique players: The Urban Acoustic Coalition. The band is anchored by the virtuosity of Bud Burroughs and Dave Brown. 2017’s release of The Habit is the fourth collaboration between Berry and keyboard and mandolin wizard Burroughs. Brown and Berry’s musical relationship came together with benefit shows for Katrina victims and has grown in the fest campgrounds. Brown plays electric guitar, keyboards, dobro, banjo, mandolin and fretless bass as needed. Complementing this with a variety of guitar styles, Berry’s projects bring a danceable style and contemporary point of view to a unique wing of the folk scene.
Singing songs about the city, Berry’s Urban Acoustic themes bridge the broad sensibilities of the Americana genre with the tales of city living. Helping out with this singing have been a cadre of excellent female vocalists: Irene Lambrou (lead singer for Almshouse), Emily Drinker (named 2017’s Philadelphia Songwriter of the Year), Briana Berry (lead singer for The Berrys) and studio pro Becka Cooper.
Marky B, one of the area’s premier chromatic and blues harmonica players deepens the band’s soulful approach. And while appealing to jam band and folk audiences, the band is driven by the bass & drums cadre of Dean McNulty and David Rapoport into what is best described as high-end Folk Rock