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The WDVX Blue Plate Special – 12/6 – AC Sapphire / Jobi Riccio

December 6, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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Whether solo or full band, AC Sapphire‘s powerful voice fills a room. Her songwriting chops make instant fans of first time listeners and keep her following coming back. A particularly gifted singer, AC also has a lifetime of performing experience that began in her early teens. Her latest album Desert Car released on American Standard Time Records is a stunning, shimmering collection of electric rock songs served as nostalgic souvenirs. She’s been featured as a Bandcamp new and notable, in Glide Magazine, Pop Mattters, and XS Noize, Relix Magazine, And Americana Highway. Her songs can be found on official AppleMusic playlists “Desert”, “Indie Folk”, and “Fresh Blood”.

Half the fun of seeing her live is watching a crowd melt into a pool of new fans.​

AC Sapphire was the winners of Relix Magazine’s 2022 Sonic Showdown contest. featured in the December issue and flown to New York City to perform for a live session for recording. AC was also chosen as the grand prize winner in the 21st Annuel New Song Music competition. She can be heard singing alongside Shirley Manson (Garbage) on the eponymous single “We’re Still Here” from HIRS Collective new album. Always in motion, AC now also has a duo project called Caliko with long time singing partner Kendall Lujan.​

In the coming year AC will be performing across the US, recording an EP at Citizen Vinyl and making appearances at Treefort Music Fest and more.

Born and raised in Morrison, Colorado – a tourist town in the foothills outside of Denver that’s home to Red Rocks Amphitheater – Jobi Riccio grew up surrounded by music and found inspiration in artists ranging from Sheryl Crow to Joni Mitchell.  Sonically, Jobi’s music exists between worlds, melding the classic craftsmanship of her songwriting with modern indie-leaning production to forge a lush, expansive sound that feels traditional and experimental all at once.  She has received acclaim for her songwriting, including winning the 2019 NewSong Music Competition, performing at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival, receiving the 2019 Lee Villiare Scholarship from her alma mater Berklee College of Music, and being named a finalist in the 2018 Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Songwriters Showcase.  In 2023 Jobi was awarded the Newport Folk Festival John Prine Fellowship.

Her previous release, EP “Strawberry Wine” (2019), is an ode to the women of classic country and bluegrass she grew up learning to sing from. Her debut album, “Whiplash” (out September 2023 on Yep Roc), follows in similar footsteps but introduces influences from a variety of genres, while still holding space for Riccio’s love for all decades of country and americana music.


December 6, 2023
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Knoxville, TN 37902 United States
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