Aaron Berg & The Heavy Love
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Aaron Berg & The Heavy Love

Asheville, North Carolina, United States | INDIE

Asheville, North Carolina, United States | INDIE
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Check out this extensive article and review of the book/cd, "Midnight Shining Sun"... - Written by Miles Griffin for We Are The Upstate

"Berg resides in New York but is originally from Greenville, making this release one of the finest folk-rock albums ever made by an Upstate musician. Only 22 years old, Berg sounds like a sage with a deep-throated vocal style that at various turns recalls Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and Robyn Hitchcock. Hardly a typical singer-songwriter release, "Songs For Madame X" is full of lush musical arrangements and diverse instrumentation that makes it clear that Berg is a serious artist with unlimited potential."

--Dan Armonaitis - Spartanburg Herald Journal - March 15, 2007


"Songs For Madame X" - February 2007

"Love & Coffee Tapes" - Summer 2008

"Love & Coffee Tapes - Vol. 2" - Spring 2011

"Exiles In Paradise" - Winter 2012



Aaron Berg has recorded two studio albums, Songs For Madame X (2007) and Exiles In Paradise (2011) as well as publishing a book/cd, "Midnight Shining Sun" (2010). He has performed across the United States at such venues as Rockwood Music Hall, Union Hall, and The Living Room (NYC), Hotel Cafe (LA), Turf Club (St. Paul), Eddie's Attic (ATL), Evening Muse (Charlotte), The Basement (Nashville), among others. While living in Brooklyn between 2005-2007 he held the Friday Concert Residency at The American Folk Art Museum in Manhattan for two months while performing frequently to rave reviews throughout New York and the surrounding areas.

At age twenty he performed at the Windgap Folk Festival with Peter Rowan, Chris Hillman, and Herb Pedersen all of which greatly influenced and inspired his blossoming career as a songwriter and poet. In 2007, Aaron traveled across the country and back performing at premier listening rooms and bars as well as coffeehouses, house concerts, and open mics.

Born in 1984 and raised by ‘mom & pop’ record store owners in upstate South Carolina, he spent his childhood days largely under a record bin. By fourteen he was playing local shows in nightclubs, cafes, and bars with a variety of folk, blues, and rock n roll bands. In addition to having owned the record store in Greenville, SC since 1975 (Horizon Records) during his teenage years Berg’s family also ran a regional concert promotion company which promoted artists such as Buddy Guy, Robert Cray, Lyle Lovett, Bonnie Raitt, Emmylou Harris, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Sam Bush, Gillian Welch, Los Lobos, Wilco, Lucinda Williams, John Prine, Dr. John, Tony Rice, Bela Fleck, and The Band, among many others. During these early years Aaron was never far from sight absorbing from the wings of a dozen different stages a spiraling array of American folk and roots music.

At age eighteen he moved to Greenwich Village, New York City to attend the New School For Social Research but quickly swept into the vibrant folk scene. Although Berg debuted in 2007 with 'Songs For Madame X' the initial traces of inspiration begin three years earlier when he landed a gig playing upright bass for bluegrass icon Peter Rowan (known also from The Grateful Dead song as Panama Red) who was guitarist and leadsinger for Bill Monroe in the sixties and bandmate of arists such as Jerry Garcia, Tony Rice, and Sam Bush. “I met Peter Rowan in New York City on the morning of my twentieth birthday at the Washington Square North Hotel. I was sitting in the marble lobby under a giant reproduction of the John Singer Sargeant painting ‘Madame X’ which as fate would have it ended up being the title of my first album. Peter walked in with a silver-banded sombrero, a silk shirt, and a red headed daughter. In terms of being a traveling, singing performer that pretty much sealed the deal.”

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