2016/2017 Season

Albert Cummings
Thursday, September 22

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The blues is best served up live, with an enthusiastic audience and a killin’ band, and that’s exactly what guitarist Albert Cummings does.  “Cummings effortlessly shifts from chimney subdued stylings to raucous roadhouse raunch to soaring yet stinging lead lines, driving his audience to frenzy in all the right places,” according to Guitar Edge Magazine

Albert Cummings writes, plays and sings the blues like nobody else. His fiery guitar skills and enormous onstage charisma have made him an international favorite. He has played with blues legends B.B. King, Johnny Winter, and Buddy Guy.  His barrage of guitar pyrotechnics will call to mind a grand mix of the styles of past masters like Albert King, Freddie King, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimmie Hendrix.

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The Peterson Brothers
Thursday, October 6

PetersonBrosThe only thing missing from the Peterson Brothers Band is the word “amazing” at the front of the name. These two talented teenage brothers – Glenn and Alex Peterson – from Bastrop, Texas play old-school blues, soul and funk. Their music tips a hat to older musical forms but then takes it out into a soul-infused inspiration. These award-winning brothers have a chemistry onstage and radiate joy in their playing. “We just thank God we were able to find this kind of music,” noting influences from Earth, Wind & Fire, the Isley Brothers and B.B. King.”  In just a few short years they have had the chance to open for B.B. King, Willie Nelson, Los Lonely Boys, Lisa Marie Presley, and many more.

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BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet
Friday, November 18

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For the past 37 years, BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet has been making some of the most potent and popular Cajun music on the planet. Born out of the rich Acadian ancestry of its members, and created and driven by bandleader Michael Doucet’s spellbinding fiddle playing and soulful vocals, BeauSoleil is notorious for bringing even the most staid audience to its feet. BeauSoleil’s distinctive sound derives from the distilled spirits of New Orleans jazz, blues rock, folk, swamp pop, Zydeco, Tex-Mex, country and bluegrass, captivating listeners from the Jazz and Heritage Festival in New Orleans, to Carnegie Hall, then all the way across the pond to Richard Thompson’s Meltdown Festival in England. The band has garnered two Grammys and twelve Grammy nominations.  Bon temps!

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Katy Guillen & the Girls
Thursday, December 15

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Katy Guillen has been influenced by blues, flamenco, rock & roll, and folk.  Her roots rock trio, comprised of Katy (guitar, vocals), Claire Adams (bass, vocals), and Stephanie Williams (drums), is one of Kansas City’s most exciting up-and-coming bands. Their sound is characterized by searing, lively guitar licks; heavy, driving drums; and rock-solid basslines. The combination of Katy’s soulful vocals and Claire’s intense harmonies add a fierce punch to Katy’s songwriting. With influences drawn from rock & roll contemporaries like Heartless Bastards, to timeless guitar god Jimi Hendrix, to sweet songstress Patty Griffin, KG&G have been known to pack a blues-and-BBQ roadhouse just as easily as a multi-bill alternative venue.

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Harpeth Rising
Thursday, January 26

Harpeth3Unapologetic genre-benders, Harpeth Rising fuses Folk, Newgrass, Rock and Classical into something organically unique. The three musicians each hold classical performance degrees from some of the most venerated schools in the world. But their classical background is only one dimension of this trio’s powerful musical voice. Hailing from vastly different parts of North America, each member brings different influences to the core sound. Hallmarks of their music include expansive harmonies, consummate musicianship and a deft, yet soulful, lyrical perspective. Their music is as intricately arranged as a string quartet, lyrically rooted in the singer/songwriter tradition, and wrapped in three-part vocal harmonies reminiscent of both Appalachia and Medieval Europe.

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We are pleased to have local artist Bayard Blain & Friends open this show.

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Frank Vignola & Vinny Raniolo
Thursday, February 9

Frank Vignola Concert 2011 018Frank Vignola & Vinny Raniolo are both technically gifted guitarists and versatile jazz players with superb on-stage charisma.  They have performed together for over four years, playing hundreds of shows.

Frank Vignola’s stunning virtuosity has made him the guitarist of choice for many of the world’s top musicians, including Ringo Starr, Madonna, Donald Fagen, Wynton Marsalis, Tommy Emmanuel, the Boston Pops, and guitar legend Les Paul. His jaw-dropping technique explains why the New York Times deemed him “one of the brightest…stars of the guitar”.

Still in his 20’s, Vinny Raniolo has already performed at some of the top venues in the world. Vinny is a professional touring musician, studio musician, experienced educator, and arranger. He’s been on numerous recordings with Bucky Pizzarelli, Tommy Emmanuel, Tony Trishka, Matt Flinner, and Ken Peplowski to name a few.

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Kathy Mattea featuring Bill Cooley
Sunday, March 5

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Grammy Award winning singer Kathy Mattea and her longtime collaborator, guitarist Bill Cooley, have shared one of Nashville’s most musically rich partnerships for over two decades. The duo meets as old friends, welcoming you into The Acoustic Living Room to share songs and stories near and dear to their hearts — including Kathy’s beloved classics such as “18 Wheels and a Dozen Roses,” “Where’ve You Been?,” and many other hits, plus a handful of more eclectic and often requested tunes from her extensive catalogue, and a sprinkling of brand new material, all reinterpreted for the duo format. Her 18 albums are woven through with bluegrass, gospel, and Celtic influences, and have garnered multiple CMA, ACM, and Grammy Awards. A genuine storyteller, Kathy draws inspiration from her Appalachian roots and is a torchbearer for often overlooked musical legacies like those of Hazel Dickens and Jean Ritchie. Her most recent album, Calling Me Home, is a collection of songs that celebrates the Appalachian culture of her native West Virginia and expands the vocabulary of acoustic roots music that has always served as her artistic center.

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John Fullbright
Friday, April 7

Join us as we wrap up our 2016/2017 season with this finale “pop-up” concert featuring John Fullbright. This event is not part of the regular subscription series although season ticket holders will receive first priority for advance tickets.

John Fullbright got his start at the legendary Blue Door listening room in Oklahoma City. It was there that he recorded a live album and found his base, opening for many other writers including fellow Oklahomans Kevin Welch and Jimmy Webb. His 2012 studio debut, From the Ground Up, received a Grammy nomination for Americana Album of the Year, and later that year he won ASCAP’s Harold Adamson Award for lyric writing. In 2014, John released the critically acclaimed Songs, toured all over America and the UK, and appeared on Late Night with David Letterman. Since then, his formidable songwriting and performing prowess have increased exponentially. In a short-attention-span world overloaded with sensory stimulation, there aren’t many artists who can stop you in your tracks with a single song like John Fullbright. Our very own Tom Ware tells us that John Fullbright has several great recordings – but his live show is a “must see!”

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