North Carolina musicians to show downhome roots at Steve’s Guitars
A North Carolina connection ties two acoustic performances together this week at Steve’s Guitars in Carbondale.Singer-songwriter Mack Bailey will appear Friday with longtime valley local Jimmy Polowchena, who will open the night with acoustic originals. Members of the Biscuit Burners will share their love of acoustic bluegrass with an intimate audience on Valentine’s Day. Both shows are $10 per person with doors opening at 8 p.m. and music starting at 8:30 p.m.Bailey, a Troy, N.C., native, received a music performance degree from the North Carolina School of the Arts. When not playing solo, he is the newest tenor in the folk trio the Limeliters.”Mack is supposed to have one of the best folk voices around,” said Steve Standiford, owner of Steve’s Guitars. “He’s a major-league singer and songwriter.”Highly influenced by John Denver, Bailey is a self-taught guitarist and vocalist. Before Denver’s death, the two collaborated for a rendition of “Thank God, I’m a Country Boy” in front of an audience of 9,000. Now he tours nationally with “A Musical Tribute to John Denver” and the folk legend’s bandmates.Bailey, an activist for various medical and environmental causes such as Maryland Therapeutic Riding, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, has recorded seven solo CDs. He performs concerts regularly in nursing homes, Alzheimer’s units and individual outreach, and offers songwriting techniques to students.Also from the Tar Heel State and appearing at Steve’s is the bluegrass band the Biscuit Burners featuring Shannon Whitworth on the clawhammer banjo, acoustic guitar and vocals; Mary Lucey on acoustic bass and vocals; Bill Cardine on resphonic guitar and vocals; and Dan Bletz on acoustic guitar.The Biscuit Burners, who won third place in the Telluride Bluegrass Festival band competition, recently released “Fiery Mountain Music.” The CD has received high acclaim for its seamless blend of classic country and bluegrass mountain music.”The band has managed, to my ears anyway, to come up with their own arrestingly captivating sound – a sound that includes the old-time feel of the mountains, but incorporates many of the elements of hard-driving bluegrass as well,” said Nashville Public Radio’s Dave Higgs of the nationally syndicated show “Bluegrass Breakdown” in a press release. “Their powerful and heartfelt vocals, beautiful harmonies and blistering picking make for the perfect backdrop to some killer originals.”When not playing such large venues as the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, the band promotes the Roots Music in Schools program for middle school students. The program’s goal is to inspire America’s youth to preserve mountain music traditions.Contact April E. Clark: 945-8515, ext. firstname.lastname@example.org
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