We're getting ready to host what promises to be one of the most entertaining America's Soul Live shows in our nearly 15-year run. I think Rebecca Folsom and Mary Huckins are two of the finest singer-songwriters on the planet, and have been in love with their work for years. Rebecca calls Boulder home, and is a genuine troubadour, travelling the country bringing her incredible voice, songs and stage presence to folks everywhere. Evergreen-based Mary is the "blonde" in Dakota Blonde, whose crystalline vocals and infectious songs have garnered legions of fans across the country. Ernie, Johnny and I are delighted to have our favorite songbirds together with us again on the Pickin' Parlor stage. Make sure to call for reservations...they're highly suggested. Hope to see you next week! All the info's on the flyer.
The August America's Soul Live promises to be a fantastic show, with Texas (via Colorado) troubadour Duke Davis taking the Pickin' Parlor Stage along with our own string maestro Kit Simon and his jazz/swing horn partner Rex Spease. This is Duke's second visit to ASL, and he's always welcome on our stage. A Denver musical fixture before moving to Texas, he performs him unique brand of cowboy and western music throughout the Southwest to appreciative crowds. Uncle Kit Simon is one of the best pickers in the land, and it's always great to have him walk out from behind the Pickin' Parlor counter to join us onstage. His pal Rex Spease is a monstrously talented horn player, and together they'll have the place ringing and swinging. Hope you can make it next Tuesday
Out of the heartland of America, stomping grounds of Truman and Twain, “powerhouse” troubadour Dana Cooper dedicated himself to a life of music over 40 years ago. This song poet engages and inspires audiences around the world with his quick wit, insightful stories and commanding presence. He is the recipient of the 2014 Heritage Musician award from Pilgrim Center for the Arts in Kansas City, MO. He was also named the 2015 Spirit of Folk award winner by Folk Alliance International. He has performed on Austin City Limits, Mountain Stage and the Kerrville Folk Festival where he was nominated for their Hall of Fame. Cooper’s songs have been recorded by top-notch artists such as bluegrass star Claire Lynch; Irish vocalist Maura O’Connell; and luminary songwriters Pierce Pettis and Susan Werner. Cooper’s mixture of flat-picking, finger-picking and percussive strumming style is legend among other guitarists. An expressive singer his voice is ageless evoking a rich lifetime of experience.
At 12 he sang, played drums, guitar and harmonica in local bands. By 13 he began writing his own songs and at 16 he performed regularly at the prestigious Vanguard Coffeehouse in Kansas City. His deep love and commitment to a life of music drew Cooper away from an art scholarship. Cooper took to the road touring midwest college coffeehouses for one year then sold an electric guitar and his entire record collection to buy a one-way ticket to Los Angeles. Four months later he was signed to Elektra Records where his eponymous first album was released in 1973. The record features such acclaimed players as Leland Sklar, Russ Kunkel and Jim Horn.Years later he returned to San Francisco City College to study another great love, horticulture. Still he played whenever possible in clubs all over the Bay Area. Cooper’s diverse experiences as a taxi driver, warehouseman, nurse’s aid, gardener, waiter and touring musician continued to bring maturity and depth to his songwriting.
Cooper eventually moved to Texas writing, performing and recording with Shake Russell in the late 70s and with his own power trio, DC3 during the early 80s. Returning to his roots as a solo performer Cooper relocated to Nashville in 1988. He has become an integral figure in the Music City songwriting community collaborating with renowned writers such as Tom Kimmel, Sally Barris, Kim Carnes and Don Henry. Cooper has been invited to participate in songwriting workshops from Belfast to Copenhagen to Austin.
His prolific endeavors have resulted in 28 albums. The critically acclaimed Miracle Mile on Compass Records was nominated for a Nashville Music Award as “Best Pop Album” and was chosen by Performing Songwriter magazine as one of the top DIY recordings for the year. Harry Truman Built a Road was named one of the best records of 2002 by The Tennessean and was also chosen as one of the top twelve DIY recordings for that year. Made of Mud released on King Easy Records in 2005 won Cooper the “Best Male Songwriter Award” by Indie Acoustic Project. Working with co-producer/guitarist Thomm Jutz, Cooper released his 27th album, Building a Human Being, in September, 2015.
Cooper and Jutz also coproduced his 28th recording, Incendiary Kid, which will be released October 20, 2017 on Travianna Records. Americana and Folk radio stations across the country are now playing the new CD in anticipation of its release.
Robert K. Oermann in Music Row Magazine says of Building a Human Being “Nashville veteran Cooper wins the Disc of the Day prize. Highly recommended.”
Fellow singer songwriter Buzz Holland says “Cooper is a person who can sing like an angel and play like the devil.”
Legendary Texas singer songwriter Eric Taylor said of Cooper’s performance at Kerrville Fall Festival 2015 “Dana Cooper gave the best solo performance I’ve seen and heard for many years. Could be the best I’ve ever.”
Kerrville Folk Festival (Texas)
Belfast/Nashville Songwriters Festival (N. Ireland)
Napa Valley Music Festival (California)
Copenhagen Songwriters Festival (Denmark)
The Bluebird Café (Nashville, TN)
The Cactus Café (Austin, TX)
Anderson Fair (Houston, TX)
Berlin Guitars (Berlin, Germany)
McCabe’s (Santa Monica, CA)
The Birchmere (Alexandria,VA)
Passim (Cambridge, MA)
Grammy nominated mandolinist, Matt Flinner, will be joined by fiddle legend Blaine Sprouse, for an evening featuring a mix of Bluegrass and Newgrass. The show will be at the Olde Town Pickin' Parlor, in historic Olde Town Arvada. The evening will kick of with some music from Ross Martin and Eric Thorin. Tickets are $15.
Olde Town Pickin' Parlor will have a booth in the vendor's tent at this year's 2018 Rocky Grass festival. OTPP be will joined by the one and only Paul Beard, of Beard Guitars. Paul will be available to look at Beard owners’ guitar’s for any needed set-ups. A variety of Beard Guitars will be on hand, and we are sure that many jam sessions will occur!
America’s Soul Live with Jon Chandler at the Olde Town Pickin’ Parlor, 7915 Grandview Avenue, Arvada, CO. (303-421-2304.) This ASL will be one of the year’s best, with audience favorites Mike Blakely and Juni Fisher joining Jon, Ernie & Johnny. Two of my absolute favorite singer/songwriters and friends will drop into the Pickin' Parlor during their July tours for the third straight year. As always, reservations are strongly suggested.
We’re thrilled to invite two first-time guests to America’s Soul Live at the Olde Town Pickin’ Parlor on Tuesday, May 15. Randy Chavez is an integral part of Denver’s vibrant music scene and Mark Cormican is busy making his mark on Colorado after a long career in the South.
Randy is a fixture in Colorado recording studios and took the stages of dozens of important Colorado and national venues (including Red Rocks six times!) as the guitarist for the iconic Denver band, Opie Gone Bad. A stellar musician, he has backed national performers since his teens including everyone from Bob Hope to Ella Fitzgerald, and even comedian Andy Kaufman. He has performed with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra for 20 years, accompanying guest artists ranging from Steve Vai to Bela Fleck. Although Randy is known for his work in virtually every variety of rock as well as classical music, his newest project, One Good Vice, teams him with songwriter and singer Greg Hartley in a progressive country vein that showcases amazing versatility. It’s a real treat to welcome Randy and Greg to the Pickin’ Parlor Stage.
Mark Cormican is a Kentucky transplant busy making Colorado his home. As part of that transition, he has hooked up with a host of the state’s best musicians (including Ernie Martinez and Johnny Neill) to produce his impressive new release, Family Tree, a collection of original songs that showcase his affection for traditional country, folk and Americana music. An exceptional country songwriter and great singer, Mark is also a devotee of John Denver, and performs a tribute show throughout the country featuring many of Denver’s classic songs. Welcome to ASL, Mark!
This will be an incredible show, so call Uncle Kit to make your reservations, and we’ll see you at the Parlor!
Saturday, April 14, 2018
doors open at 7:00 pm
71 E Yale Ave, Denver, CO 80210
"Songs come in a flurry of inspiration. I don't understand it but I'm grateful." American singer-songwriter Diana Jones has been called the "Emily Dickinson of song" and "the female Johnny Cash" in reviews and rightfully so. But a journey of adoption and reunion as mysterious as her songwriting led to the gritty, authentic, Americana storytelling that has become her life's work and her live show. Adopted as an infant Diana grew up in suburban Long Island feeling an unexplained attraction to rural Southern music. "My brother had Johnny Cash's live 'At Folsom Prison' album, and I stole it from his room," Jones recalls. "Whenever I heard that or someone like Emmylou Harris, I'd think, 'Wow, that's beautiful.' I just didn't know where to find more of it." In her twenties the attraction was explained when Jones met her biological grandfather, a singer and guitar player, who introduced her to the folk songs her ancestors had been singing for generations. Gradually she discovered an uncanny affinity for Appalachian music and began claiming it as her own as she discovered her true artistic calling.
With five original recordings to her name Diana Jones makes the kind of records that signaled popular breakthroughs of artists such as Joan Baez or a Judy Collins at the height of the folk or singer-songwriter movements of the 1960s and '70s. Her 2006 debut My Remembrance of You, earned her a nomination as Best Emerging Artist at the Folk Alliance Awards, leading to tours with Richard Thompson and Mary Gauthier, appearances at folk festivals on both sides of the Atlantic, and covers of her songs by Gretchen Peters ("If I Had a Gun") and Joan Baez ("Henry Russell's Last Words"). Diana has performed and toured with artists including Richard Thompson, Nanci Griffith, Steve Earle, Mary Gauthier, Ralph Stanley, and Janis Ian.
Joan Baez, in an interview for the New Your Times, said that writers of Ms. Jones's caliber come along only every so often. "There's some kind of channeling from some other lifetime going on, I don't know the answer to these things, but all I can think of is that it must come from some mysterious part of her soul."
Hailed by everyone from Dave Van Ronk to Doc Watson, from the Washington Post to Downbeat, Dakota Dave Hull’s guitar style spans a wide musical geography to create an infectious, uniquely personal blend of jazz, ragtime, folk, blues, Western swing, and vintage pop. Dakota Dave is a restlessly curious, adventurous traveler along the broad highway of America’s music. In his playing the masters speak, but in a vocabulary that is Dave’s alone: alternatively mirthful and moving, always melodic.
A gifted composer as well as a strikingly original interpreter of older tunes, Dave calls what he does “classic American guitar.” Folk legend Van Ronk called Dave “one of the best guitarists in the world.”
Most of all, Dakota Dave’s music is great fun. As Douglas Green (Ranger Doug of Riders in the Sky) puts it, “There is an imp within Dave Hull that always expresses itself on the fretboard; a witty, intelligent yet respectful imp who frolics in his music, an imp Dakota Dave neither fights nor lets take control, but simply absorbs into the heart of his style.”
On stage or in the recording studio Dave has performed with Utah Phillips, Doc Watson, Robin and Linda Williams, Dave Van Ronk, John Renbourn, Paul Geremia, Spider John Koerner, Cam Waters, Sally Rogers, Butch Thompson, Peter Ostroushko, Garrison Keillor, and Norman Blake, and many others. His albums include three with early performing partner Sean Blackburn and six solo efforts (the acclaimed Hull’s Victory and Reunion Rag, both on Flying Fish) with four more, New Shirt, Sheridan Square Rag, The Loyalty Waltz and Time Machine on Arabica Records. Airship, a duo album with singer/guitarist/fiddler Pop Wagner was widely praised. His three albums with guitar and mandolin ace Kari Larson (Double Cappuccino, Moonbeams and The Goose is Getting Fat, also on Arabica) have become legendary.
More recently, Dave recorded an album of mostly traditional music duets with the noted guitarist Duck Baker, When You Ask a Girl to Leave Her Happy Home. A book of original compositions, Ragtime Guitar in the Classic American Style came out in 2012. A double CD of original compositions, Under the North Star was released in 2013, and 2016 brought two more CDs, the Sacred and Profane set, Heavenly Hope and This Earthly Life.
Dave is a recipient of a 2013 Traditional Arts grant from the Minnesota State Arts board.
It's hard to believe, but this month's show marks the 14th Anniversary of America's Soul Live! Fourteen years ago, Timothy P. Irvin and Chris Daniels joined me at the Olde Town Pickin' Parlor with Ernie along as our all purpose picker in front of about 25 folks. Turns out people liked it. It's been an amazing, gratifying run. On Tuesday, March 20, my pals Jim Jones and Scott Buckley will be on board to help celebrate this milestone. Jim is an award-winning singer/songwriter and fine author, as well. The pride of Albuquerque, he's a true troubadour, travelling the Southwest bringing his unique Western vision to audiences far and wide. It's great to welcome his back to the Pickin' Parlor Stage. Scott Buckley and I attempted to write our first songs together when we were 19 or so, and someday we'll finish 'em. Scott is a stunning guitarist and marvelous singer whose songs are true Americana. He has the rare ability to tug on the heartstrings and make you think deeply at the same time. Good to have you back, Scott. We'll have plenty of refreshments on hand, so plan on joining us next Tuesday. As always, reservations are suggested. All the info's on the flyer. See you at the Parlor!
It's not often that I have the chance to share the stage with folks who have influenced the way I write and approach my own songs, but this month's ASL features two fellas who are true Colorado music legends, and who have provided me with immeasurable inspiration. I first heard of Dan McCrimmon when he was part of the iconic folk duo Frummox, along with Steve Fromholz, Their first recording, Here to There, inspired the rise of the Texas music scene and the Austin Sound, with McCrimmon's Kansas Legend being one of the finest examples of the "story song" genre. Dan's multiple careers as a singer/songwriter, performer, teacher and luthier have made him one of the most unique performers in Denver's history. It's great to welcome him back to the Pickin' Parlor Stage. Gary McMahan is one of the finest talents in the genres of western music and poetry, period. His nuanced use of western themes infused with equal parts humor and pathos make him an absolute master of western and cowboy music. A fixture in both performance halls and cow camps throughout the West, Gary is one of the subjects of the new documentary film, Everything in the Song is True. I consider his iconic The Old Double Diamond to be the finest western song ever written. So there.
This will be a fine, fine affair, so please give Kit a call at the Olde Town Pickin' Parlor and reserve your seat. A wonderful night is guaranteed for all.
In one sentence....
Moors and McCumber create that rare chemistry that happens when two gifted singer- songwriters and multi-instrumentalists perfectly complement each other’s strengths, a modern day version of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.
James Moors and Kort McCumber grew up in different places and listening to different kinds of music – classical, rock, bluegrass, you name it. But when they met ten years ago they knew they’d found something golden. Since then, they’ve been cultivating their wide-ranging musical influences in songs that delve into love and life through haunting lyrics, soaring harmonies, and dazzling instrumental proficiency. As Grammy award-winning producer Lloyd Maines puts it, “These guys should be playing every major festival in the country. They bring it all to the stage and deliver it in a big way.”
Admission is $20. Doors open at 7 p.m.
We have an incredible America’s Soul Live in the works for Tuesday, October 17, featuring Texas singer/songwriter extraordinaire Jeff “Wildhorse” Posey, and California-based (but Colorado raised) acoustic music master Mike Fleming. Jeff is a two-time Kerrville New Folk Finalist and a two-time Spur Award Finalist, which translates into the highest praise for a Country and Americana singer and songwriter. He’s written and performed with Texas legends Mike Blakely and John M. Greenberg, and we’re delighted to welcome him to the Pickin’ Parlor Stage. Mike Fleming is one of America’s premier songwriters and song interpreters, period. We’re lucky that he’s touring with his trio, New West, and will be able to spend a couple of extra days in his native Colorado to join us for his second ASL appearance. Two powerhouse performers, plus Jon & the Boys. A wonderful ASL is in store. As always, reservations are suggested. Looking forward to seeing you on Tuesday at the Olde Town Pickin’ Parlor…….
Chuck Pyle Finger-Style Guitar Workshop taught by Jeff Troxel transcriber of Keepin’ Time with Chuck Pyle Songbook
“Chuck Pyle’s unique guitar style was woven so deeply into his songs that they almost can’t be separated. If you’ve always wanted to know how Chuck created his unique “loping” style, this is a workshop that shouldn’t be missed. As the music transcriber for Keepin’ Time with Chuck Pyle, Jeff Troxel literally wrote the book on this style. In this workshop, Jeff will deconstruct and teach the techniques Chuck used to create some of his most popular songs.”
$30.00 per person
5 person minimum/15 max
A very special America’s Soul Live on Tuesday, September 19 with songwriting powerhouses Buddy Mondlock and Templeton Thompson joining Jon and the boys. Buddy’s written for a who’s who of country and Americana artists including Guy Clark, Nancy Griffith and Janis Ian, and is widely considered one of acoustic music’s very best singer/songwriters. It’s a treat to welcome him back to the Pickin’ Parlor Stage. Templeton Thompson joins us for the first time from her Nashville home, where she’s not only an in-demand songwriter (Reba McEntire, Jo Dee Messina, Little Texas) and performer, but a world-class equestrian, as well. She’s joined by her equally talented husband, singer/songwriter Sam Gay. All the info's below.
Join us for a special show featuring Jon Chandler and the Wichitones!
From Jon: "I try to reserve an America's Soul Live show each year for "me 'n the band," bringing one of our concert experiences to the Olde Town Pickin' Parlor. We'll be doing exactly that on Tuesday, August 15, with Ernie, Johnny and Dana pickin' and grinnin' in their expert ways while I warble and tell bad jokes. It's always fun, so I hope you have the chance to drop by the Olde Town Pickin' Parlor in Arvada on Tuesday to join in with Jon Chandler & the Wichitones. As always, reservations are suggested.
Buffalo Bill and Annie Oakley were American Superstars - They were easily the most famous Americans of their time - in the 1880’s and 1890’s
They were more famous than Theodore Roosevelt.
The year is 1917.
Come with us and experience a celebration of William F. Cody’s life - 100 years ago...
Two Years in the making, this tribute to Buffalo Bill is a multi media event (large projected images from archives at the Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum).
with original songs from the Emmy award winning song writer Jim Salestrom. Jerome Gilmer orchestrated some songs and Pete Huttlinger performs on the song Ponies as a duo with Jim.
Some of the songs are on Jim's new CD, Shady Pines.
Recorded in Nashville with Sam Bush performing on the CD and Chris Nole, from John Denver’s band, producing it.
It is funny, informative and an event the whole family could enjoy.
A $10 suggested donation for the event is requested.
Born in Omaha, Jim attended a musical pre-school at age four, received his first guitar for his seventh birthday, and put a rock'n'roll band together when he was in the fourth grade. He also played piano and trombone through his school years.
When he was 15, Jim and his older brother Chuck formed the country-folk-rock band, Timberline, with Dugg Duggan, Craig Link, and Bill Howland, featuring Jim as lead singer and primary songwriter. Within a year they were signed by a national booking agency, Variety Artists, and were performing concerts as far away as Virginia and Arkansas. After building a solid regional fan base, the band was signed to a national recording contract and made their first album, The Great Timber Rush, in Hollywood with Bones Howe producing and guest musicians including Hal Blaine, John McEuen and Michael Boddicker. Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul & Mary penned the liner notes. Following a national tour, the band became "victims of the disco craze" and broke up.
After the demise of Timberline, Jim embarked on a solo career. In 1977, his song, "It's Too Soon To Let Our Love End", was chosen by producer Peter Yarrow for inclusion on Mary McGreggor's Gold Album, Torn Between Two Lovers. In 1979, Jim was asked to join Dolly Parton's band as a singer and musician, playing acoustic, electric and high-string guitars as well as the banjo. Through the 1980's Jim traveled around the world several times as part of Dolly's band and appeared frequently on television including two HBO TV specials, The Tonight Show, the Academy Awards show, The Country Music Association Awards show and the Grand Old Opry.
Jim and DollyJim has performed on-stage, "sat in" or recorded with such diverse performers as Dolly Parton, John Denver, Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Kenny Rogers, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Pure Prairie League, Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Michael Johnson, Ronny Cox (harmonies with Wendy Waldman), Dave Loggins, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Amazing Rhythm John Denver and JimAces, Tom Rush, John McEuen, Peter Yarrow and Paul Stookey. Top musicians such as Michael Johnson, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Jennifer Warnes, Mollie O'Brien, Tim O'Brien, Richie Furay and members of Dolly Parton's band have performed on his solo albums. Jim has produced albums for a dozen Rocky Mountain regional folk, folk-rock, and country acts including Dean Davis, C.C. Collier, and Carolyn Kniffen.
Jim sang the opening song for the movie "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas," has made many national television and radio appearances, and regularly sings the national and Canadian anthems at major sports events for the Broncos, Rockies, Nuggets and Avalanche. He sang for the TV mini-series, "The Wild West", and recorded several songs for the album from that series. He appeared in the two hour award-winning TNN TV special "Music of the Wild West" based on the mini-series. Jim has received three Colorado Broadcast Awards, Regional EMMY's for the children's recording, "The Library Song" (1995) and for the "Broncos Bandwagon" TV commercial (1997), a Silver Cindy, and a Cleo Award. All The Colors, an album for children and families, was nominated for a Grammy for outstanding children's album for 1997. In the Fall of 2001, Jim was honored to perform his song "We Are Americans" at the U.S. Supreme Court.
Wild Jimbos Jim is one of the Jims in the Wild Jimbos, a project with Jimmy Ibbotson of The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Jim Ratts of Runaway Express. The Jims have played together off and on for the last 25 years. The Wild Jimbos have recorded two albums: Wild Jimbos on MCA Records and Wild Jimbos Two on Resounding Records.
During his career, Jim has had the pleasure of performing for President Jimmy Carter while with Dolly Parton's band and numerous times for President Gerald Ford, including as a member of the Wild Jimbos. He has played as a solo act for President George Bush Sr., and for President Bill Clinton at the Vietnam Veterans' Memorial and at the White House. Recently he played the White House again during the 2002 Christmas Open House for President George W. Bush.
White House Jim donates his time and talents to local activities throughout Colorado, especially in Summit County which he called home for over 25 years. Jim has co-written songs and recorded albums with students from Breckenridge Elementary, Silverthorne Elementary, Dillon Elementary, Frisco Elementary, Fremont and Campbell Elementary in Arvada, Colorado, six schools in Kearney, Nebraska, Wyndemere School in London, England, Valdez Elementary in Alaska and schools in Frankfurt Germany. The albums were used as fundraisers for the schools.
John Denver Tribute
Jim has gained a reputation for writing and singing songs about the outdoors and his home in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. For several years he traveled to England, France, Germany, Holland, Brazil, Argentina, Ireland and Scotland, as well as around the United States and Canada, as a spokesman for the Summit County, Colorado, ski marketing group, Ski The Summit and for several years for Vail Resorts and Ski USA.
For the last several years, Jim has brought together fellow musicians and friends, including Jim Horn, Pete Huttlinger, Chris Nole and John Sommers to remember and celebrate the music of John Denver in benefit concerts in Colorado and California. He also performs at the annual tribute concerts in Aspen, Colorado, that are held on the anniversary of John's death. On March 13th, 2007, Jim was honored to sing John Denver's "Rocky Mountain High" at the Colorado House of Representatives, as the song was made an official Colorado state song.
Jim continues to travel and perform around the world and to write music based on his experiences and travels. He is enjoying watching his children grow and living life to the fullest!
Join us for a songwriting workshop with celebrated songwriter, Mark Brink. Brink is one of the most celebrated songwriters in the Bluegrass/ Americana/ Gospel genre, with over 300 recordings of his songs. There are only 25 seats available for this special event. Give us a call now to get your tickets. Admission is $25.
America's Soul Live has a great show in store for Tuesday, May 16, featuring our old friend Jim Ratts and the first ASL appearance of Junction 5-12, a trio featuring our own Ernie Martinez along with Mary Gifford and Bob Cook. Jim is one of Colorado's true musical treasures, having fronted the incredible Runaway Express for a couple of decades, and appearing in eclectic and nationally recognized groups like the Wild Jimbos (along with Jimmy Ibbotson and Jim Salestrom.) He is a masterful recording engineer and producer at his own Raven Recording, and one of Denver's truly influential singer-songwriters. Junction 5-12 was formed in the past couple of years to showcase the tunes being written by collaborators and friends Mary Gifford and Ernie Martinez. Mary writes and sings wonderful songs, and Ernie kicks 'em into high gear. They're joined by guitarist Bob Cook. Looking forward to this great evening of Colorado music. As always, reservations are recommended. All the information's on the flyer. Hope to see you there.
The Tim May and Steve Smith Duo
The Tim May and Steve Smith duo brings an evening of original, traditional and swing music with mandolinist/vocalist Steve Smith and Nashville guitarist/vocalist Tim May. Smith and May originally met while on staff at Camp Bluegrass in Levelland, Texas and quickly discovered many common musical threads for exploration honoring tradition and improvisation. Their new CD/EP (seven songs) reflects upon this acoustic music force the duo has become. Their shows include tight vocal harmonies, dazzling guitar, mandolin, octave mandolin and twin mandolin works throughout a broad range of styles and includes many original vocal and instrumental works.
Steve Smith is not only known as one of this country’s top mandolin players but also as an outstanding educator. Along with his work with the Roots/Bluegrass group The Hard Road Trio Steve has been on faculty at the California Coast Music Camp, Puget Sound Guitar Workshop, Steve Kaufman's Acoustic Music Camp, Colorado Roots Music Camp, Hill Country Acoustic Music Camp, Zoukfest and Camp Bluegrass (for sixteen years running). Smith has appeared at festivals and venues including Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, High Mountain Hay Fever, Rocky Grass, Swallow Hill, Freight and Salvage, Oklahoma International Bluegrass Festival, the Big Horn Mountain Festival, and the Minnesota Old-time and Bluegrass Festival. With the Las Cruces Symphony he has performed works of William Grant Still, Gershwin and George Crumb and the musical Chicago. Along with thirty years of coast to coast touring, Smith has performed in Ireland, Germany, France, Denmark, Sweden, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Cuba and the US Virgin Islands. He has also performed in musical theater in Cotton Patch Gospel (multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and actor) and the Robber Bride Groom; he composed and performed the score for a production of the Sam Sheppard play Curse of the Starving Class. Steve has appeared on over 30 albums as performer and producer including guitar legends Jim Hurst, Mitch Perry, and Tim May, banjoist Bill Evans, Alan Munde and Tim O'Brien. His music has been heard on countless radio stations across the US and on the Discovery Channel, The History Channel and even the Weather Channel.
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Flatpicker Tim May has been working in the Nashville area for over 20 years as a sideman, session player, band member and performer. Higher profile projects have included touring with Patty Loveless and John Cowan, and working as a regular on the Grand Ole Opry with Mike Snider. Tim was the solo guitarist on Charlie Daniels’ recording of I’ll Fly Away, which was nominated for the Best Country Instrumental Performance Grammy in 2005. That same year he was session leader on the critically acclaimed Moody Bluegrass album (he later played on Moody Bluegrass II as well). The Nashville Scene selected Tim in the Best Instrumentalist category in their 2012 Reader's Choice Poll. PK Thompson Guitars, Shubb Capos, Elixir Strings, Benedetto Guitars, L.R. Baggs Pickups and Pre-amps and Breedlove Guitars all have presented professional endorsements to Tim, a serious nod to his talents.
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Tickets are $15
America’s Soul Live presents some of the finest pickers, writers and singers in the land, and on Tuesday, February 21st, we’ve outdone ourselves. Sean McGowan is one of America’s finest jazz guitarists whose fingerstyle playing is simply breathtaking. A respected educator (at the University of Colorado) as well as renowned guitarist, his performances are, in a word, astounding. Over the past five or six years, Moors and McCumber have become one of the nation’s busiest acoustic duos; true troubadours spreading Colorado’s music, well, all over the place. One of ASL’s favorites, Kort McCumber, teamed with his pal James Moors to offer extraordinarily melodic songwriting, vocals, and musicianship, and the result is more than satisfying. Hope you can make this special edition of America’s Soul Live. As always, reservations are recommended. Just call Uncle Kit and let him know you're coming!