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Coming Monday Nov 30 – FREE for WoodSongs Partners
NOV 30, 2015 TRIBUTE TO THE CARTER FAMILY Public: $10 Students: $5 WS Partners: Free – EMAIL YOUR RESERVATIONS: firstname.lastname@example.org
THE CARTER FAMILY are considered the most influential group in country music history. Comprised of a gaunt, shy gospel quartet member named Alvin P. Carter and two reserved country girls — his wife, Sara, and their sister-in-law, Maybelle — the Carter Family sang a pure, simple harmony that influenced not only the numerous other family groups of the ’30s and the ’40s, but folk, bluegrass, and rock musicians like Woody Guthrie, Bill Monroe, the Kingston Trio, Doc Watson, Bob Dylan, and Emmylou Harris, to mention just a few. Among the more than 300 sides they recorded are “Worried Man Blues,” “Wabash Cannonball,” “Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” “Wildwood Flower,” and “Keep on the Sunny Side.”
JOHN CARTER CASH is the son of Johnny and June Carter Cash. He’s been involved in music all his life, is an accomplished and award winning record producer. However, his activities in the creative world reach far beyond just music production. He is also a singer-songwriter, and author. The grandson of Maybelle Carter and the only son to John R Cash and June Carter Cash, he preserves the family legacy and is a caretaker to the heritage of his musical ancestors. https://www.facebook.com/John-Carter-Cash-175359882558054/
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DALE JETT is a native of Southwest Virginia and is a third generation member of the legendary Carter Family. The son of Janette Carter, the grandson of A.P.and Sara Carter, his roots have been heavily steeped within the heart of his family’s musical heritage. Growing up within the Carter Family, Dale has been influenced by many musicians and styles of music. Dale helped emcee and his trio performed at the Carter Family Fold for many years. Their group,”Hello Stranger”, features Dale as he carries on the Carter Family tradition. http://www.dalejett.com/
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AL, ALICE & RUTH are a Berea KY-based Appalachian and bluegrass trio. They toured for years as part of the McLain Family Band, a world-renowned family bluegrass band and Kentucky musical treasure. http://alaliceandruth.com/
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THE WOOD BROTHERS began as something of a side project between Chris Wood (Medeski Martin & Wood) and brother Oliver (Tinsley Ellis and King Johnson) in 2006. Adapting the blues, folk and other roots‐music sounds they loved as kids into their own evocative sound and twining their voices in the sort of high‐lonesome harmony blend for which sibling singers are often renowned, it’s become quite clear that The Wood Brothers is indeed the main act. With the addition of drummer Jano Rix, the band have become a stalwart on the Americana scene and “Masters of Soulful Funk” (Paste Magazine). ‘Paradise’ is the band fifth album and it’s their most sophisticated and rocking work to date.
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THE CLAUDETTES reate a fantastic fusion of blues and jazz. It reminded us of Ray Charles performing in a vaudeville club, amazing! Fronted by Nigerian-American singer and dancer Yana who sings in french. You’ve never seen an a band quite like this. http://theclaudettes.com
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Coming Monday Dec 14 – POETRY & SONG SPECIAL EVENT
IRIS DeMENT is considered “one of the great voices in contemporary popular music” (NPR), Beginning with her 1992 debut, ‘Infamous Angel,’ which was hailed as “an essential album of the 1990’s” by Rolling Stone, DeMent released a series of stellar records that established her as “one of the finest singer-songwriters in America” according to The Guardian. The music earned her multiple Grammy nominations, as well as the respect of peers like John Prine, Steve Earle, and Emmylou Harris, who all invited her to collaborate. ‘The Trackless Woods’ is her latest and unlike any other in Iris’ illustrious career. Featuring original music and melodies, the record brings 18 poems by acclaimed 20th century Russian poet Anna Akhmatova to life. Iris recorded the album in five days, immediately taken by the sorrow and burden of the poems juxtaposed with Akhmatova’s lightness and transcendence in the face of inhumanity. http://irisdement.com
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LEYLA MCCALLA is a multi-instrumentalist, a powerful cellist and singer whose distinctive sound is impossible to replicate. Leyla toured and recorded with the renowned African-American string band the Carolina Chocolate Drops and now is focused on her solo career. Living in New Orleans, she released her debut album ‘Vari-Colored Songs: A Tribute to Langston Hughes’ in 2014. The album consists of compositions she has written to Langston Hughes poetry, Haitian folk songs and original pieces.
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