Seldovia stars guitar virtuosos
From blues to country, genres, styles vary
The Seldovia Arts Council presents the “Guitar Masters Concert” on Saturday beginning at 7 p.m. at Susan B. English School. Artists for the concert include:
Tennessee husband and wife duo Stacey Earle and Mark Stuart draw from blues, pop, country and rock and use clever acoustic guitar interplay, lovely harmonies and humorous storytelling to captivate audiences from their first moment on stage.
Stacey Earle got her first experience as a singer/songwriter playing rhythm in brother Steve Earle’s band, Steve Earle and the Dukes. After meeting professionally trained Mark Stuart, the two became a musical pair in late 1993. They have toured the United States, Canada and Europe, playing some 170 concerts per year, and have acquired a knack for reaching out to the audience in an intimate “come into my living room” fashion. Stacey and Mark own their own record label, Gearle Records, and have created eight CDs over the years.
U.S. mandolin champion Radim Zenkl, plays progressive original and eastern European traditional music. Zenkl’s performances feature his own innovative playing techniques, such as modified “duo-style,” which sounds remarkably like two instruments played simultaneously. He plays several mandolin family instruments, including mandola, Irish bouzouki, mando-ukulele and slide mandolin.
Born in the Czech Republic, Zenkl discovered bluegrass by listening to records smuggled into the communist country, which sparked a decision at age 17 to become a career musician. After an early career in Czechoslovakia that spanned the bluegrass and classical worlds – as well as winning the 1987 Czechoslovak Mandolin Championship, Zenkl escaped from Czechoslovakia four months before the fall of communism. In the U.S., he recorded two CDs, “Galactic Mandolin” in 1992 and “Czech It Out” in 1994. More CDs followed, and in the spring of 2003, Zenkl joined an all-star flamenco/classical/world music quartet – “Festival of Four” – and released the CD entitled, “A World of Music in 2005.”
Described in the Nashville press as the “Scottish Songbird,” Jill Jackson is a singer/songwriter from Paisley with a unique style. Her acoustic Americana as a solo artist is far removed from the music she made as the front-woman of rock band Speedway, with whom she scored two top-10 hits in 2004. But one thing remains the same: she’s still a girl with a guitar and a voice you won’t forget.
“When Speedway came to an end, I decided to go back to my roots and play the kind of music that I love – Dolly Parton, Shelby Lynne, the Stones, Buddy Holly, Chet Atkins and Joni Mitchell,” Jackson explained. “I just wanted to strip the whole sound back.”
A solo artist since 2005, Jackson has toured with Natalie Imbruglia and supported musicians such as Albert Lee, Roger McGuinn and Bryan Adams. After spending the latter part of 2008 on a “50 States in 50 Days” tour of the Unites States, Jackson recorded her second album which she plans to release later this year. The new material shows the influence of Emmylou Harris, Shelby Lynne and Patti Griffin, and reveals a musical style that has matured since her 2006 acoustic album. However, her sound retains the same mix of brilliantly crafted lyrics and beautiful melodies.
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on Sep 2nd, 2009 and filed under Music
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