Jun 15 2023

Reilly Downes, Ellie Ruth

21+ | 7pm doors, 8pm show

Reilly Downes is the Sad Cowgirl of Chicago. An Americana artist hailing from the Texas Hill Country, she cut her teeth as a session musician in Nashville, singing behind some of Americana’s favorite singer/songwriters. Reilly’s music has been described as “easy on the ears, but hard on the heart” by Music Mecca in Nashville. Her songs divert from typical contemporary country and draw on her Texas roots with a sound that "cuts across each track like a rattlesnake, adding some extra honesty and grit.” 

Downe's first solo album, Spent, earned her the #1 spot for Americana releases in 2022 as well as features on The Boot among other Americana and Country covering media. Since then, her haunting rendition of “Wicked Game” has landed her radio play, a feature on Spotify’s “Vibes” playlist, and more. 

Ellie Ruth is an award winning violinist/violist/songwriter from Louisville, Kentucky.  Born and raised in Kentucky, her path as a string player wove bluegrass/old time with classical and contemporary style, giving her a unique approach to playing and writing. Her music sways between the sentimentality of her home place and a yearning for something new, showcasing her intricate strumming and playing of the five string violin with soaring vocals and forthright songwriting. Ellie’s arrangements are made with musicians Chris Cupp on the cello and Fiona Palensky on the drums.