Singer/songwriter Jessie Kilguss released her 4th album, The Fastness, in June 2018. In 2015, she sang harmony and played the harmonium with Freddie Stevenson, opening for the Waterboys on the European leg of their Modern Blues tour. Also in 2015, she played a featured show at the Sundance Film Festival.
Kilguss is a former actress who made the switch to songwriting after performing with one of her musical heroes, Marianne Faithfull, in London and Sydney in a musical written by Tom Waits and William Burroughs, directed by Robert Wilson. She also acted in the film adaptation of The Crucible, starring Daniel Day Lewis and Winona Ryder.
She’s a frequent contributor to the Bushwick Book Club and is happy to use her skills to help it takeover the world via literature- inspired songs, art and maybe snacks.
In addition to her own music, Jessie is passionate about the transformative power of the arts and committed to helping provide artistic opportunities to under-served communities. She's currently the Development Director at Musicambia, an organization that brings music learning and ensemble performance to prisons throughout the United States. She previously served as Development Director at both Art Start and Arts For All.
Ellia Bisker is an award-winning songwriter, singer, musician, and songwriting coach based in Brooklyn, NY. She is half of macabre folk-noir duo Charming Disaster (as heard on the podcast Welcome to Night Vale), fronts brass-punk ensemble Funkrust Brass Band, and founded cabaret rock band Sweet Soubrette, which has recorded many of her songs inspired by books (check out a playlist here). Music/literary blog Largehearted Boy has praised her "smart songwriting and wonderfully dark sense of humor" and New York Music Daily calls her songs "lush, poignant, unselfconsciously brilliant." She has been a Bushwick Book Club participant since 2010. elliabisker.com
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Terry Radigan is a Brooklyn born guitar slinging singer & songwriter.
She’s released a few records that have been well received.
Her songs have been covered by the likes of Anúna, Don Walker, Ashley MacIsaac, Patty Loveless & Trisha Yearwood.
Her songs / productions have appeared in numerous films and in television.
Not one to sit still, Radigan curates a bi-monthly Brooklyn music series “Radigan Roundup” featuring some of the best Americana acts the borough has to offer.
Further, she is member of the power trio VickiKristinaBarcelona who are scheduled to play a series of festivals summer 2018
John S. Hall is a poet/spoken word artist and singer. He has recorded two solo CDs and nine with various incarnations of his band King Missile. His new group, Unusual Squirrel, released an album, Fuck Sandwich in February 2017. His even newer group, Sensation Play, plans to release recordings in 2018. John has appeared on Def Poetry Jam (HBO), The United States of Poetry (PBS) and Beavis and Butthead (MTV). He is the author of a collection of poetry (Jesus Was Way Cool) and a self-help parody (Daily Negations), both on Soft Skull Press. He was on the board of directors of the Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church from 2005-2016 and served as its president for three years. He lives in New York City.
Casey Holford is a music maker and sound specialist who records artists and bands, mixes and scores podcasts, and writes as many songs about books as possible in the meantime. Photo by Marshall McDonald
Jim Andralis & the Syntonics just released a record called “Shut Up Shut Up.” Jim is a songwriter, singer and psychotherapist. He loves being part of the Bushwick Book Club family and will forever treasure the Tylenol with codeine he won at the last BBC raffle.