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Songwriters In The Raw w/ Jessica Smucker, Hannah Bingman, and The Four26

Coming on August 19

Run Time: 180 min.

~ Saturday, August 19th, 2023 ~ Doors @ 7:00 PM, Showtime @ 7:30 PM ~ $20 Advance/$25 Day-of ~

Songwriters in the Raw

Songwriters in the Raw is a unique new concert series hosted by Jessica Smucker featuring an up close and personal in-the-round performance by 2-3 touring singer-songwriters in conversation with one another.
Hannah Bingman

Student, farmer, mail carrier, woodworker, instructor, arts council president, prison librarian, Appalachian Trail hiker, musician. Hannah Bingman has held many titles throughout the years, but the one that’s been glued to her through them all is musician. Bingman sees herself as a songwriter first, guitarist second, and singer third. These experiences continue to provide depth and meaning to her lyrics, maturing her songwriting process she began at the age of 14. Bingman grew up in rural Pennsylvania where the arts didn’t flourish but the landscape did.  She found mentors and a community in the area’s music scene. By age 16, she was playing regularly in that scene. Since then, Bingman’s journey over the last decade and half has been one guided by where the wind takes her. Bars, coffee shops, basements, living rooms, festivals, farms, rehab facilities, and just about every corner of a venue in driving distance. Not to mention, three albums, the latest being Loam (2013) where she weaves the stories of farmers, inmates, and lovers into a pattern of interconnecting songs, leading the listener through its story.

In 2006, she grabbed the top prize for the Susquehanna Folk Music Society’s songwriting contest. Bingman became a Regional Round Finalist for the Mountain Stage NewSong Songwriting Competition in 2011, and grabbed third place in the Pennsylvania Heritage Songwriting Competition in 2016. She’s played opening spots for the likes of Christine Lavin, Michael Glabicki, Jeffrey Gaines, Kaki King, Ellis, David Rovics, the Infamous Stringdusters, and Ann Rabson, among others.

Ten years ago, she found herself in a blues duo with Doug McMinn, and most recently formed a band, the Dilly Beans, with her pal Nell Hanssen from the band Chicken Tractor. These days, Bingman calls State College, Pennsylvania home. She has fully embraced her role as a folksinger in today’s political climate, opting to share home recordings and writings as they come and playing wherever people may gather. 


The Four26
The Four26 is the New York-based Americana duo of Peter Carucci & Becki Fleischer who blend harmonies, bend melodies, and write lyrics that make the dirt from life feel good on your hands. They maintain a very active calendar illuminating stages and drawing crowds into each performance with their magnetic style and honest approach. Pulling from their own experience,The Four26 honors the highs and lows of life with powerful harmonies, soulful guitar licks, deep pocket grooves, and authentic lyrics that allow the broken pieces of life to “reveal the real thing.”
Peter and Becki both come with some serious creative cred. They met at a benefit concert led by legendary band leader, Paul Shaeffer, where they were playing with their respective bands. Before that Peter was a pioneering member of the 90’s folk rock scene and opened locally for acts like Jonathan Edwards (Sunshine Go Away Today) and Dave Matthews. His music career continued as he toured and released two albums with his internationally successful band, Chasing Sunday, in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Peter has performed around the globe and shared stages and studios with members of The Rolling Stones, The Grateful Dead, and The Allman Brothers Band, as well as musical legends: Sammy Hagar, Santana, Bernie Williams, the Heartbreakers, Lew Soloff, and many others. 
Becki is a member of the Nashville-based songwriting community, Songtown, and in July 2020, she released her first EP of original music, Intune, which conveys her fierce belief in the power of personal transformation. Her song “Shift” received airplay in the northern suburbs of NYC and her song “Highest Ground” was recognized with an Honorable Mention in the Folk/Acoustic category of the Indie International Songwriting Network contest in 2021.
Since joining forces in 2017 Peter & Becki have played nearly four hundred gigs. In 2022 alone, they played an even one-hundred gigs, keeping them entertaining audiences every 3-4 days. This included opening for the Spin Doctors at the Bedford Music Festival; returning to Windham, NY for Music on the Mountain; headlining the August Katonah Museum of Art Summer Social to a sold-out crowd; and debuting their original music at the iconic Bitter End in New York City. 

Jessica Smucker

“Jessica Smucker is an original; a real artist with a cohesive message, a drop-dead gorgeous voice that is all her own. Her background in poetry gives her lyrics a specificity and depth. Each time I listen to ‘When I Was the Weather’ I hear something new, the way I do when I listen to Joni Mitchell or Bob Dylan. She is that good.” – Nerissa Nields, singer/songwriter (The Nields) 

“Sharp, cogent lyrics with a stealth profundity that sneaks up on you after you listen and the songs are marinating in your memory.” – John Hammel, Homegrown RadioNJ 

Jessica Smucker believes that the best way to change the world is to channel our pain into connection. Her songs have a way of reaching deeply into people’s souls and inviting the kind of reflection that feels both reassuring and unsettling. Wrapped in catchy melodies, her lyrics appear simple and relatable on the surface, but each listen will uncover more hidden pockets of nuance. She’s the kind of writer and performer who can lull a noisy room into a hush with a single line. 

A Lancaster, PA native, Jessica was raised in the Mennonite faith tradition by a family full of storytellers, activists, adventurers, and pranksters. She has toured nationwide, and performs regularly throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern U.S. having shared bills with a range of notable artists including Cheryl Wheeler, Bill Staines, Heather Maloney, Meghan Trainor, Gangstagrass and the Stray Birds. 

Jessica has won or placed in national songwriting contests including SolarFest’s Singer/Songwriter Showcase Competition, the Connecticut Folk Festival Song Competition, and the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest. Her discography spans from 2008-2020 and includes two EPs and three full-length albums. Between the summers of 2021-2022 she released five more singles, including synth-pop anthems “Dinosaurs,” “Rose of Jericho,” and “Phoenix,”  and piano ballads “Stones to Throw” and “War of Attrition.” Her fourth studio album, After the Meteor, is planned for release later this year.

In her life beyond music, Jessica is a published poet and essayist, a social justice warrior, a freakishly good Scrabble player, and mother to two of the smartest people she’s ever met in real life!

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