CoMusic Preview: Cheyenne Marie Mize and Vandaveer

Cheyenne Marie Mize

Cheyenne Marie Mize; image taken from

This Wednesday Mojo’s welcomes two of Kentucky’s finest folk troubadours to Columbia, Cheyenne Marie Mize and Vandaveer, for a show that promises to deliver alt-rock goodness by the jugful.

Ms. Mize cut her folk chops in Louisville in local bands Arnett Hollow and Maiden Radio. She’s currently touring to promote her solo debut Before Lately, an album of torch ballads fortified with guitar, piano, bells, and Mize’s sweet voice—burnished to a rich luster after years spent in the land of tobacco fields and whiskey. Mize is a multi-instrumental tour de force, playing piano, guitar, violin, banjo, and any other instrument she can get her hands on. And she’s busy, too: Mize works as a music therapist when she’s not on tour.

In the video for “Friend” from Before Lately, Mize channels her inner vamp while plucking a banjo on a stage populated by giant puppets:

A fan of all things vintage, Ms. Mize recorded a vinyl-only EP, Among the Gold, with Will Oldham (aka Bonnie “Prince” Billy) in 2009. Mize had been planning to record the songs—a collection of late-nineteenth century American parlor music—since college, but when Oldham stepped in to help her record, it was clear the songs were better as duets. On “Only a Dream” Mize and Oldham conjure summer evenings on the porch with a glass of chilled wine—sweet but never saccharine.

Vandaveer in concert

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Vandaveer is alt-folk musician Mark Charles Heidinger, a Kentuckian who now calls Washington, D.C. home. He writes and sings songs that blend folk, rock, and even smooth jazz, teaming up with singer Rose Guerin for perfectly balanced duets like “However Many Takes It Takes.” This year Vandaveer released a third album, Dig Down Deep, which includes a track recorded with touring mate Mize.

In the gorgeous “Dig Down Deep,” Heidinger and Guerin do what they do best—wrap their voices around the song and pull you in. By the time the rest of the band wakes up around the two-minute mark, you’ll be stomping your feet in rhythm:

Cheyenne Marie Mize and Vandaveer will likely combine forces on stage for several songs—an experience not to be missed.

Doors at Mojo’s open at 8:00. Tickets are $7.


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