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Cheryl Wheelerwith Chris Trapper
Friday, September 26th
Columbus Performing Arts Center (Shedd Theater)
$24 advance | $27 door | $15 Students | $5 Youth
8:00pm | Doors open at 7:30pm
Strong poetry, complex melodies, clever wit.
Cheryl Wheeler has to be seen to be appreciated. Nothing you read and nothing you hear from her albums prepares you for how good a performer she is. With Wheeler the question is always "what will she say next"?

One minute she's singing about her cat speaking in French, she then shifts syllabic inflections on the pronunciation of the word 'Potato', and then leaves you on the verge of tears with a relationship song. She will talk about some serious current event, and then sing a song that will have you howling with laughter.

Wheeler's songs are often emotional portraits of people, leaving you with the impression that you know the characters. You find yourself being pulled into the song rather than standing outside and observing. She will talk about some serious current event, and then sing a song that will have the audience howling with laughter.

"Rare artist... strong poetry, complex melodies, clever wit." - SingOut!

Official Website: www.cherylwheeler.com
Song Samples: 75 Septembers
Chris Trapper is a songwriter of the highest caliber.

Trapper began his career as the front man for late-90's alternative rock band The Push Stars. With four CD releases and several high profile national tours, including a run with Matchbox Twenty, The Push Stars served to establish Chris as an authentic talent.

As the band members went separate ways, Trapper took the acoustic route. His songs can best be described as lyrically driven roots pop with a knack for telling everyday stories filled with extraordinary characters. Chris can boast high profile film placements including There's Something About Mary and The Devil Wears Prada as well as significant television placements including Malcolm In The Middle and a coveted placement in George Clooney's final episode of ER

"Classic pop perfection" - The New York Times

Official Website: www.ChrisTrapper.com
Song Samples: Summertime is Here
The Birds of Chicagowith Ben Bedford
Friday, October 10th
Columbus Performing Arts Center (Shedd Theater)
$22 advance | $25 door | $15 Students | $5 Youth
8:00pm | Doors open at 7:30pm
Two of the most compelling new voices in North American Roots music.
Birds of Chicago is a collective based around JT Nero and Allison Russell - two of the most compelling new voices in North American Roots music.

Nero's fractured country-soul voice wrapped in Russell's silver and gold tones, is a fine thing. Not too perfect, not at all saccharine, you'll hear echoes of mountain gospel, street corner doo-wop, and classic soul.

For several years Russell and Nero's respective bands, Po' Girl (Vancouver, BC) and JT and the Clouds (Chicago, IL), collaborated extensively. But on 2011's Mountains/Forests, released under the JT Nero banner, they tapped into the true, bewitching power of their voices together on an entire record. Naturally, a great deal of excitement for the self-titled debut CD which was released in 2012. Birds of Chicago has been called "refreshing and rewarding" by the Chicago Sun Times.

"Some of the finest poetry and roots melodies you'll hear in this lifetime" - No Depression

Official Website: www.birdsofchicago.com
Song Samples: Trampoline
Ben Bedford delivers intriguing sketches of America, its individuals, their victories and their struggles.

Often drawing upon history, Bedford's songs have a strong sense of time and place. The songs are rich in sensory detail which allows the listener to hear, see and feel each narrative. Poignant, but never sentimental, Bedford's portrait-like songs capture the vitality of his characters and draw the listener deep into the narratives.

Bedford's songs tackle scenarios including homelessness, the plight of a Confederate soldier's wife during the American Civil War, the aerial triumphs of Amelia Earhart, the life of Jack London, the murder of Emmett Till in 1955, John the Baptist, the poet Vachel Lindsay and even the 1973 standoff between members of The American Indian Movement and federal agents on the Pine Ridge Reservation.

"A truly inspired and talented storyteller." - Maverick

Official Website: www.BenBedford.com
Song Samples: Twenty One
Matt The Electricianwith Daniel Champagne
Friday, November 7th
Columbus Performing Arts Center (Shedd Theater)
$22 advance | $25 door | $15 Students | $5 Youth
8:00pm | Doors open at 7:30pm
Rootsy, quirky, acoustic pop.
Once upon a time, there was a young man named Matt Sever. He lived in Austin, TX, and he worked as a journeyman electrician.

Every morning he would go to work and wire houses all day long in the blistering Texas heat. Then, sometimes with no time to shower or change his clothes, he would go straight to the bars and nightclubs of Austin to play his songs for whomever would listen. So they called him Matt The Electrician. Eventually, Matt quit his job to spend more time writing and playing songs, but the name stuck.

With his heartfelt lyrics, sincere delivery and joyful arrangements, Matt has been a finalist in the Mountain Stage Newsong Festival, The Telluride Bluegrass Festival, and The Rocky Mountain Folks Festival, and won the Texas Grammy Songwriting Contest.

"Sever brings a delightfully different energy to the often hidebound folk scene; electrifies it, actually." -- L.A. Daily News

Official Website: www.matttheelectrician.com
Song Samples: Osaka in the Rain
Australian performing songwriter and guitar virtuoso Daniel Champagne combines poignant lyrics, beautifully crafted melodies and an exhilarating guitar technique that transcends mere acoustic playing to replicate a whole band.

Champagne first picked up the guitar as a five-year-old, following in the footsteps of a musical father. He began writing songs at 12, training classically throughout his teens and performing solo wherever he could, honing his craft and developing what would become the dynamite live show that he is renowned for today. At 18 he left school, turned professional and hit the road.

Since then, Champagne has traversed North America, the United Kingdom, Europe, New Zealand and of course, his homeland Australia playing major festivals.

Now regarded as an emerging light in acoustic music, Champagne has recently relocated to North America where he continues his exciting career as an international touring and recording artist.

"There's a reason Champagne has an amazing reputation as a live performer." - Timber And Steel, Australia

Official Website: www.danielchampagnemusic.com
Song Samples: Holding the Moon
Kate Campbellwith Ken Yates
Friday, December 5th
Columbus Performing Arts Center (Shedd Theater)
$22 advance | $25 door | $15 Students | $5 Youth
8:00pm | Doors open at 7:30pm
Literate songs that artfully skirt the border between country and rock.
Kate Campbell comes upon her Southern soul honestly.

The daughter of a Baptist preacher, Campbell was born in New Orleans but grew up in Sledge, Mississippi, a small Delta town 50 miles south of Memphis. Her youth found her singing from the Baptist hymnal and embarking on a spiritual journey that would help shape her view of the civil rights movement, a cause about which she sings with heartfelt commitment.

Some of her songs draw on comparisons between historical figures and how they in fact have something in common. She faces the complex issues of race, religion, and human relationships, skillfully blending history, memories, and music to make unflinching statements that express her vision.

"Thought provoking, delightful, important and superbly, sweetly sung." CHICAGO TRIBUNE

Official Website: www.KateCampbell.com
Song Samples: Crazy in Alabama
Born and Raised in London, Ontario, Ken Yates moved to Boston to study songwriting at Berklee College of Music.

It was there that he developed his skills as a songwriter, releasing his first CD, "The Backseat EP", and received the opportunity to play a song for one of his biggest influences, John Mayer. Mayer even posted a full page blog about Yates' ability as a writer stating, "Ken Yates wrote a song called 'I Don't Wanna Fall In Love'... this song moved me when I first heard it and still does today".

Yates' EP received high critical acclaim, leading to a slew of online covers from fans. He has toured with many notable names including veteran singer/songwriter and mentor, Livingston Taylor, Sister Hazel, Peter Katz, and Liz Longley and has songs in heavy rotation on Sirius XM's The Coffee House where he was nominated for The Coffee House Songwriter Discovery of the Year.

His debut full length album twenty-three, recorded in Holland and produced by Joren van der Voort is available now with Mishara Music

"Ken Yates' music is solid as stone and clear as mountain air." - Livingston Taylor

Official Website: www.kenyates.com
Song Samples: Once More to the Lake
Iris Dementwith Rebecca Frazier
Friday, January 16th
Columbus Performing Arts Center (Shedd Theater)
$28 advance | $31 door | $15 Students | $5 Youth
8:00pm | Doors open at 7:30pm
One of the most beloved and respected writers and singers in American music.
No one sounds like Iris DeMent. She is a musical treasure with a voice as unique as a southern skylark.

Something of a late bloomer, she didn't write her first song until the age of 25. Her first three albums, released in the early 90's received much critical acclaim and established her as one of the most beloved and respected writers and singers in American music.

Her first release, Infamous Angel, put the world on notice that DeMent was a promising and talented artist. My Life earned a Grammy nomination in the Contemporary Folk category. On The Way I Am, she tackled a variety of high-profile topics including politics and religion, and earned another Grammy nomination.

With the long awaited arrival of Sing The Delta, her first CD of new material in 16 years, the Iris continues to her enduring contribution to the cultural canon.

"She's the best singer I've ever heard"! - Merle Haggard

Official Website: www.IrisDement.com
Song Samples: Go On Ahead and Go Home
For bluegrass artist Rebecca Frazier, the guitar has always been a means of transporting her, whether to a different state of mind, to a campfire bluegrass circle, or onto the stage of one of the hundred-plus festivals at which she has performed.

During an eight-year stay in Colorado, Rebecca co-founded Hit & Run Bluegrass, an award-winning, Boulder-based outfit, which made history by becoming the first band to win both prestigious band competitions at Rockygrass (2002) and Telluride Bluegrass Festival (2003).

By 2007, Rebecca had married and relocated to Nashville, where Hit & Run took advantage of a more centralized touring base. Months later, her husband John was offered a position in the John Cowan Band. "I knew I couldn't make the leap into motherhood while I was practically living on the interstate and at festivals." A baby boy was born and Hit & Run continued to tour, albeit not full-time. Rebecca continued her studio work and she used her spare time to write.

"Rebecca Frazier is a triple threat.

She is a wonderfully engaging singer, a compelling songwriter and an accomplished guitarist to boot.  All of these talents come together to dazzling effect on When We Fall.

I'm proud of Rebecca for what she's achieved on this album, for her tenacity in pursuing her dream and for recording one of the best bluegrass albums I've heard this year. - Alison Brown

Official Website: www.RebeccaFrazier.com
Song Samples: When We Fall
Irene Kelleywith Mia Rose Lynne
Friday, February 13th
Columbus Performing Arts Center (Shedd Theater)
$22 advance | $25 door | $15 Students | $5 Youth
8:00pm | Doors open at 7:30pm
Songs of heartache and joy, harm and redemption, loss and ascension.
Irene Kelley's path toward country music began by getting kicked out of her own rock band.

Kelley played in a Led Zeppelin cover band in high school, but her band mates frowned on her suggestion of working a Dolly Parton song into the set. Kelley promptly put a new band together and began composing the songs that would help pave her way to Nashville.

In addition to her own CDs, Kelley's songs have found homes on records by Loretta Lynn ("Hold Her"), Trisha Yearwood ("O, Mexico" & "Second Chance"), Carl Jackson ("You Are A Rock And I'm A Rolling Stone"), Ricky Skaggs ("Love Can't Ever Get Better Than This"), Alan Jackson ("A Little Bluer Than That") and others. Dolly would be proud.

"A perfect blend of voice and song." - Rhonda Vincent

Official Website: www.IreneKelley.com
Song Samples:Bluer Than That
Roots music has always been in Mia Rose Lynne's heart.

Raised in a musical household in Northern California, Lynne was singing in public by the age of 10, adding third part harmony to her parents' original western swing band at local gigs and whisked away to bluegrass festivals each summer.

She went on to pursue a career in musical theatre, studying at Marin Theatre Company, American Conservatory Theatre, and California State University Fullerton. After sever years of touring the world as a singer-actress-dancer with Oceania and Holland America Cruise Lines, Lynne moved to Nashville to write and record her original music.

Often likened to Alison Krauss, Joni Mitchell, and Patty Griffin, Lynne writes and sings from a place of honest simplicity with an ear for unique, harmony-driven melodies. Songs feature themes of home, childhood, and lessons learned through loving.

"Captivating vocals, candid lyrics, and outstanding musicianship." - Meredith Kane, contributor at 12th and Broad

Official Website: www.miaroselynne.com
Song Samples: The Burning Days
Ellis Paul with Antje Duvekot
Friday, March 6th
Columbus Performing Arts Center (Shedd Theater)
$22 advance | $25 door | $15 Students | $5 Youth
8:00pm | Doors open at 7:30pm
The return of one of Six String Concerts' most requested artists.
Ellis Paul is one of the leading voices in American songwriting. He was a principle figure in the wave of performing songwriters that emerged from the Boston folk scene, creating a movement that revitalized the national acoustic circuit with an urban, literate, folk pop style that helped renew interest in the genre in the 1990's.

Paul is a critically-acclaimed singer, songwriter, poet, and troubadour originally hailing from a potato farming family in northern Maine. He has earned thirteen Boston Music Awards, second only to multi-platinum act, Aerosmith.

His charismatic, personally authentic performance style has influenced a generation of artists away from the artifice of pop, and closer towards the realness of folk. Though he remains among the most pop-friendly of today's singer-songwriters - his songs regularly appear in hit movie and TV soundtracks - he has bridged the gulf between the modern folk sound and the populist traditions of Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger more successfully than perhaps any of his songwriting peers.

"Ellis is one of our best human compasses, marking in melodies and poems where we've been and where we might go if we so choose to." -- Nora Guthrie

Official Website: www.EllisPaul.com
Song Samples:Annalee
Antje Duvekot (pronounced: Aunt-yuh Doo-va-kot) is one of the brightest singer-songwriters to rise out of Boston's competitive acoustic music scene.

Duvekot was born in Heidelberg, Germany and moved to the United States at the age of 13. She began recording music on her own at 16, producing limited-edition cassette tapes for her friends. At 18 she won the first open mic competition she entered, at the Sam Adams Brewpub in Philadelphia.

She has been honored with the Boston Music Award for Outstanding Folk Act and has won the grand prize in the rock category of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest.

Official Website: www.AntjeDuvekot.com
Song Samples: Sweet Spot
Kim Richeywith Louise Mosrie
Friday, April 10th
Columbus Performing Arts Center (Shedd Theater)
$22 advance | $25 door | $15 Students | $5 Youth
8:00pm | Doors open at 7:30pm
A weaver of emotions, tugger of heartstrings.
Kim Richey's musical journey has been a dream run.

Early on in her career, the Zanesville, Ohio, native thrived on the progressive side of mainstream country. Her first albums showcased twang-pop sensibilities, a rich, rounded vocal tone and effortlessly sophisticated songwriting that other discerning performers coveted for their own recordings.

She has written two Number One and four Top 10 hits in the USA and had several singles in the Top 50. Her songs have been recorded by the likes of Trisha Yearwood and James Morrisson among others, and she has sung on albums by Ryan Adams, Shawn Colvin and Mary Chapin Carpenter. Her music has been featured in films and TV and she has toured all over the world. Along they way, she has received two Grammy nominations.

"A soaring songstress" - Billboard

Official Website: www.kimrichey.com
Song Samples: Thorn in my Heart
Louise Mosrie grew up in the small town just outside of Nashville, TN on a farm with British parents and several siblings - riding horses, writing poetry and singing with the radio. After college in Knoxville, she "borrowed" her brother's Sears guitar, bought a simple chord book and started writing songs.

Fast forward a few years, a move back to Nashville and some deep soul searching, Louise began writing songs about the South - what she knew and where she grew up.

Mosrie has won top awards at Kerrville Folk Festival, Wildflower! Festival, Telluride Bluegrass Festival and Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. Her debut album Home hit #1 on the Folk DJ charts and went on to be one of the most played albums of 2010 for that chart.

"Basically, she's William Faulkner with a guitar." - Rich Warren, WFMT-FM Chicago

Official Website: www.LouiseMosrie.com
Song Samples: Get Back to Me
Joe Crookstonwith Connor Garvey
Saturday, April 25th
Columbus Performing Arts Center (Shedd Theater)
$22 advance | $25 door | $15 Students | $5 Youth
8:00pm | Doors open at 7:30pm
A master storyteller, captivating performer.
Joe Crookston's music and songwriting are deeply rooted in the grand celebration of life, death, ancestry and the interconnectedness of us all. His music draws from his rural Ohio roots and exudes a remarkable intergenerational, universal, and timeless quality.

Crookston's debut CD, Fall Down as the Rain, was chosen by Performing Songwriter Magazine as a "Top-12-Do-It-Yourself" independent recording, and two of his songs recently won runner-up in the folk category in the prestigious National John Lennon Songwriting Contest. Follow-up albums, including 2014's Georgia I'm Home, have received rave reviews.

Versatile songwriting, stellar musicianship and charismatic stage presence quickly have made Joe Crookston one of folk music's "must sees".

"The most fleet fingered guitar work this side of Richard Thompson" -- Performing Songwriter Magazine

Official Website: www.JoeCrookston.com
Song Samples: Fall Down As The Rain
Connor Garvey calls his music "Acoustic Funky-Folk-Rock For The Good Hearted".

A native of Portland, Maine, Garvey writes songs that tend toward optimistic and humorous portrayals that spark deeper reflection. His disarming stage presence draws the attention of the entire room with humor, daring honesty, and grace. First time listeners often are drawn to Garvey's engaging performance style and memorable melodies. But his lyrics project a depth and sincerity that allow the observant listener to find meaning beyond the catchy hook.

The Portland Phoenix describes Garvey's style as "Martin Sexton-ish jangle-funk, Mraz-y confessionals, and a very clear voice."

Garvey has received top honors at prestigious competitions including the Wildflower Art and Music Festival, Falcon Ridge Folk Festival and Kerrville Folk Festival.

"One of the brightest young performers on the folk scene" Phil Daligan - Songwriters by the Sea

Official Website: www.ConnorGarveySongs.com
Song Samples: Monster
Brother Sunwith Amy Black
Friday, May 15th
Columbus Performing Arts Center (Shedd Theater)
$22 advance | $25 door | $15 Students | $5 Youth
8:00pm | Doors open at 7:30pm
Harmony, humanity and humor.
Brother Sun personifies the word 'synergy'; the interaction of elements that when combined produce a total effect that is greater than the sum of the individual contributions.

The band, comprised of three national touring singer-songwriters, is an explosion of musical diversity and harmony. Their combined musical skills make for an unforgettable musical experience - three rich voices blending on a well crafted foundation of guitar, slide guitar, piano, ukulele and bouzouki.

Together Greg Greenway, Joe Jencks, and Pat Wictor combine their talents to create a unique sound, steeped in sweet Gospel-esque harmonies yet intimate enough to lure you to the crackle of a homespun campfire. The trio has performed to standing ovations at Kerrville and Falcon Ridge festivals and has performed to sold-out audiences across the country. Their message and music appeals to fans of both contemporary and traditional music.

"Three magnificent male voices--together. Gives me the chills--in the nicest way ever!" -Gene Shay, WXPN - Philadelphia

Official Website: www.brothersunmusic.com
Song Samples: What Must Be Done
Amy Black is a Boston-based singer/songwriter with storytelling and Southern tradition in her blood.

After working in the corporate world for more than a decade. She got married, bought a house in the burbs, and was content singing at weddings and occasionally at church. But one night, sitting at her kitchen table at her home in suburban Boston, she realized she had never really done anything of consequence with her voice. "I'd never tried.", she says, "And if I was going to, now was the time."

For Black, "try" meant teaming up with a guitar player she found on Craigslist to play at a local open mic. Audiences quickly grew and two albums later, Black has found her own voice and become one of the most sought-out artists in the East.

"Amy Black is a powerful, authentic, talented and above all soulful new entry in the rootsy singer/songwriter ranks." - American Songwriter Magazine

Official Website: http://amyblack.com
Song Samples: Alabama