CD Party Honors Rooster's Wife Performer
The Rooster's Wife announces a CD release party for a veteran Rooster's Wife performer, Piedmont bluesman Jon Shain, Saturday, Jan. 23, at 8 p.m., at the galleries of Poplar Knight Spot in Aberdeen.
Yes, there will be cake, included in the admission price of $15. Tickets are available online with credit and debit cards at theroosterswife.org, and at the door with cash and check.
"Children under 12 are always free as part of our mission to introduce the next audience to fine live music," says a spokesman.
Shain is a veteran singer-songwriter who's been turning heads for years with his words, his fiery acoustic guitar work and his evolved musical style - combining improvised Piedmont blues with bluegrass, swing and ragtime.
Shain's latest CD, "Times Right Now," was self-produced along with Jackson Hall and Scottsburg Jonze and mixed by Chris Stamey. Backed on much of the album by the Grandsons, the full band will be on hand to perform with Shain, and on a second set of their own, with Shain returning the favor.
Shain grew up in Haverhill, Mass., a Merrimack River mill town that had already seen its better days by the time he was a child in the 1970s. His family's business was a small textile dyeing company, and he worked in the factory during the summers throughout his teens. At the same time, Shain began to discover his love of American roots music and songwriting, specifically drawn to the narratives about regular people and themes of social justice.
Across two decades in the performing arts, The Grandsons (Alan MacEwen, Matthew Sedgley and Chris Watling) have embraced the music of America as their inspiration, and the nation's capital as their home. This year, the city has returned the gesture. The Washington Area Music Association named The Grandsons as Artist of the Year and dubbed their latest recording, "Live at the Barns: The Legendary Wolf Trap Recordings, Volume Two," roots rock Album of the Year. As their energy and notoriety increases, the band's geographic reach extends further than ever. Recent years have found them in France and Germany representing America in cultural exchanges with the historic cities of Reims and Aachen. The Grandsons most recently returned from a second trip to the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, where their popularity continues to grow. They marked their 20th anniversary with a sold-out concert at Wolf Trap in Virginia.
Poplar Knight Spot is located in downtown Aberdeen , one block east of U.S. 1 at 114 Knight St. The Rooster's Wife is a private nonprofit association organized to celebrate the performing arts in Aberdeen.
For more information, visit www.theroosterswife.org, or telephone (910) 944-7502.
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