Mosier, Williams Come to Rooster's Wife
The Rooster's Wife brings an old friend, Jeff Mosier, and a first-time visitor, Jack Williams, to the Sandhills, Sunday, Jan. 20, at 6:45 p.m.
The 100-seat listening room at the corner of Knight and Poplar streets in downtown Aberdeen features acoustic music of all genres.
Shows continue this winter through March 24, on consecutive Sundays with the exception of Feb. 2, when Red June performs on that Saturday night -in deference to the Super Bowl. This week offers storytelling, songs and thrilling string skill on banjo and guitar.
The music of Jack Williams is rooted in his native South Carolina, and shaped by a 54-year career of playing folk, rock, jazz, R&B, classical and the popular music of the 1930s, '40s and '50s. He is counted among the most dynamic performers on today's folk circuit.
Williams is considered a musician's musician, a unique guitarist, a writer of vivid songs with a strong sense of place, and a storyteller in an old Southern tradition who further illustrates each tale with his guitar.
Avoiding the compromises of the commercial music industry during his professional career, Williams prefers touring under the radar, playing concerts, large and small, week in and week out, from the sheer love of music and performing.
Playing more than 50 house concerts each year, he enjoys the intimacy of that venue most of all, with a more personal connection to his listeners.
Williams is a sought-after artist on all contemporary acoustic music stages, from coffeehouses and festivals to music halls and city arts stages. From acclaimed appearances at the Newport, Boston, Philadelphia, Kerrville, New Bedford SummerFest Folk Festivals, his musicianship, songs, stories and commanding presence have established him as an uncommonly inspiring and influential performer.
Growing up in a family where bluegrass music reigned supreme, Jeff Mosier was given a banjo at age 16. He promptly learned to play it, and began writing songs.
After playing mostly traditional bluegrass for many years with his brother Johnny on guitar and hosting a radio show called "Born in a Barn" on WRFG in Atlanta, he broke out of the constraints of traditional bluegrass and joined the experimental jam/rock band Aquarium Rescue Unit, led by Col. Bruce Hampton, in 1988. There he was, joined by Jimmy Herring, Oteil Burbridge and Jeff Sipe.
The band paved the way for the role of the banjo in jam, rock and progressive bluegrass as we know it today. After ARU, Mosier went on to guest perform with Widespread Panic, Leftover Salmon and Phish, including a stint coaching Phish in bluegrass in 1994.
In 1998, Mosier formed the band Blueground Undergrass, playing his signature Deering Crossfire electric banjo while singing lead vocals. The band recorded four albums and gained a national following touring and performing its unique blend of bluegrass, jam and rock at theaters, clubs and festivals throughout the country.
In 2005, while BGUG was on hiatus, Mosier took his jazz fusion band, called The Ear Reverents, to the Berlin Jazz Festival, proving that the banjo does indeed cross many boundaries. BGUG re-formed and continued to tour until taking a permanent hiatus in 2009, after which Mosier formed a more roots and song driven band called The Mosier Brothers and produced and recorded another album, "On My Way."
Since then, The Mosier Brothers band has toured primarily in the South and Midwest, performing at festivals, theaters, private events, and more recently, at Farm to Table and Food Alliance events, which are quickly emerging in popularity across the country.
One of the highlights of their 2012 summer tour was a four-day Roots and Branches Tour performing with the legendary Peter Rowan in Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina.
In addition to public performances, Mosier also presents banjo workshops, and works with Alzheimer's, dementia and hospice patients in music therapy. His vocal mastery and unique banjo picking combine to deliver a special experience highlighting his original tunes as well as some familiar traditional tunes and lesser-known covers.
The Rooster's Wife is a community arts organization dedicated to bringing the best in live music to the Sandhills. Home base is the gallery room of Poplar Knight Spot, 114 Knight St. in Aberdeen, two blocks east of U.S. 1 at the Rent a Wreck sign.
Frequently, musicians are available for private instruction and workshops.
The doors open at 6 p.m. for Sunday shows, with the music kicking off at 6:45. For more information, the complete schedule or to purchase tickets with credit or debit card, visit theroosterswife.org, call (910) 944-7502, or email theroosters email@example.com.
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