Songwriters in the Raw w/ Jessica Smucker, Brad Yoder, and Mirabelle Skipworth
Run Time: 180 min.
~ Sunday September 25, 2022 ~ Doors @ 6:30PM, Showtime @ 7PM ~ $20 Advance/$25 Day-of ~
Songwriters in the Raw
Brad Yoder believes musical success should be measured in more than just the obvious ways. Being voted in the top three slots multiple times since 2002 for “Best Acoustic/Solo Artist” by Pittsburgh City Paper readers is great; playing Poughkeepsie, New York, and having a college freshman from Los Angeles request songs she’s only heard via Internet downloads is actually cooler.
Acknowledged by Pittsburgh Magazine as “ruling the Pittsburgh coffeehouse scene,” Brad logs over 150 performances annually, playing colleges, cafés, churches, festivals, First Nights, and even the zoo. Brad has opened for a diverse range of artists, including Erin McKeown, Tegan & Sara, the Cowboy Junkies, Lucy Kaplansky, Carrie Newcomer, Vigilantes of Love, Emmylou Harris, Robyn Hitchcock, Ellis Paul, and Rob Dickinson of Catherine Wheel, plus played the second stage for David Gray, Peter Paul & Mary, and Steve Earle/Jackson Browne.
Along the way, Brad has sold over 7,000 copies of five self-released CDs, including Excellent Trouble (2010), Someday or Never (2007), Used (2002), Talk to Total Strangers (1999), and his 1997 debut disc, Best Sunday Heart. Songs from these recordings have been featured on CBS’s “NUMB3RS,” NPR’s “Car Talk,” the ABC Family Network’s “Beautiful People,” “Dawson’s Creek” 5th season DVD, and as part of the Pittsburgh Regional History Center’s 9-11 Memorial Exhibit.
Her discography spans from 2008-2020 and includes two EPs and three full-length albums. Her most recent album, Lucid Stories, Tentative Lies, dropped in October 2020, followed by an irreverent Christmas single, “Let’s Get a Tree” that December. Since the start of 2021, she has released four more singles (with a fifth single, “War of Attrition” releasing this summer) – all slated to appear on her forthcoming album, After the Meteor (coming in 2023).
In her life beyond music Jessica is a published poet and essayist, a social justice warrior, freakishly good at Scrabble, and mother to two of the smartest people she’s ever met in real life.