Grant Peeples is a compelling and gritty performer; his fresh, honest, incisive, and eloquent songs command your attention. He’s an original writer with a strong political awareness. With inventive vocal harmonies and song-writing, Passerine offers a fresh take on traditional folk and bluegrass music as well as a repertoire of original songs that range from sweet ballads to the edgier side of contemporary Americana. Passerine will split sets with Grant Peeples on Saturday, June 1 at 8pm at the Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center before sharing the stage to pay homage to Bob Dylan. Tickets are $12 in advance/$15 at the door and are available via the website www.wslr.org or by calling 1-800-838-3006.
Grant Peeples is dubbed a ‘guitar-slinging poet’ by Music News Nashville. A voice No Depression says ‘sounds like a ’57 Chevy with glass mufflers.’ Songs that Routes & Branches deemed ‘smart, strong lyrics that mean something, and say it in a way that you haven’t heard before.’ This finger-in-your-eye styled songwriter and 7th generation Floridian is a former expatriate. He spent 11 years on a tiny island off the coast of Nicaragua, where he installed the island’s first flushing toilet. He returned in 2006 to a very different homeland. Much of his songwriting is a response to what he found when he returned. His latest release, Prior Convictions (2012) was produced by legendary roots icon Gurf Morlix. John Conquest of 3rd Coast Music reviewed the record: ‘Unusually literate, unusually honest. He’s the only songwriter I’ve ever called ruthless.’
Passerine, an Americana/folk quartet composed of Carmela Pedicini (vocals, guitar), David Brain (dobro), Doug Conroy (bass, vocals), and Sara Stovall (violin, vocals) has been touring nationally since 2012, playing every sort of venue from intimate listening rooms to big festival stages. Their music occupies a zone somewhere between modern folk, progressive bluegrass, and what is loosely called “Americana.”
With original songs as well as their own arrangements of traditional songs, Passerine hopes to carry on the living tradition of acoustic folk music rooted in popular experience, memory, and shared wisdom. By combining diverse musical interests with instrumentation usually associated with a traditional string band, and with vocal harmonies that sometimes move outside the usual structures, Passerine has created a sound with a personality that is both familiar and unique, whether the song is a sweet ballad, a foot-stomping bluegrass tune, or one of their more rocking originals.
WSLR/Fogartyville Community Media & Arts Center
525 Kumquat Court
Sarasota, FL 34236
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