Thursday March 13 - 7:30 pm - $10
Out of the heartland of America, stomping grounds of Truman and Twain, “powerhouse” troubadour Dana Cooper dedicated himself to a life of music over 40 years ago. This song poet engages and inspires audiences around the world with his quick wit, insightful stories and commanding presence. He has performed on Austin City Limits, Mountain Stage and the Kerrville Folk Festival where he was nominated for their Hall of Fame. Cooper’s songs have been recorded by top-notch artists such as bluegrass star Claire Lynch; Irish vocalist Maura O’Connell; and luminary songwriters Pierce Pettis and Susan Werner. Cooper’s mixture of flat-picking, finger-picking and percussive strumming style is legend among other guitarists. An expressive singer his voice is ageless evoking a rich lifetime of experience.
Friday March 14- 7:30 pm - $14
with HONEY BOY & BOOTS
HARPETH RISING’S music is the convergence of a classical education combined with an intuition for folk music and an undisguised passion for Americana, blues, bluegrass and all things acoustic. Named for the small but powerful river in Tennessee, they create original songs that layer rich
instrumental arrangements with four part harmonies and lyrics that depict wanderlust, eternal curiosity, class struggle and extraordinary love. The result is a sound that defies category. The four members met while earning performance degrees at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music,
and despite their diverse beginnings (hailing from vastly different cultures and geographic areas,) found in each other a unified musical idea – and a brand new one at that.
Opening the evening is Drew and Courtney Blackwell - Honey Boy and Boots
a husband/wife, guitar/cello duo plays a blend of old blues and folk covers, country ballads, and originals that are straight from the heart. Americana, folk, alt country, blues, all these words describe their sound, which is always changing and growing.
Saturday March15 - 7:30 pm - $10
TOOTS LORRAINE & THE TRAFFIC
Every blues fan knows you have listen to the “old” to find something “new”. It is a precious rarity when the opposite is true and such is the case with Toots Lorraine and The Traffic. The band delivers a focused blend of classic vibe that will drench your Zoot Suit with the smoky milieu of West Coast Blues, Blue-Note Jazz and Swing as you board the train for destination “way back” where everything is easy. Toots and her sultry voice will take your ticket, let you on board and, as you roll down the tracks, the band will keep your glass filled with just the right measures of hollow body guitars, reverb tanks, upright basses, harmonicas, pianos, organs and horns. And, you will swear to yourself, “I ain’t getting off this train”.
This husband and wife team share the purest of love for the preservation of this timeless music. In their debut album, Wrapped In Blues, Toots Lorraine expertly layers her velvety voice amongst the band’s vintage instrumentation and grooves in the tradition of the likes of Marie Adams, T-bone Walker, Louis Jordan and many more. Rooted in the blues, Toots Lorraine and the Traffic deliver a solid, energetic and scintillating performance.