The Fair Lawn Community Center, 10-10 20th Street, Fair Lawn, NJ
NEXT AT THE HURDY GURDY
with special guest
Saturday, June 2, 2018
Grammy nominee and "ambassador of the blues," Guy Davis has spent his musical life carrying his message of the blues around the world, from the Equator to the Arctic Circle. His reverence for the masters of the blues is evident in all his recorded works and concerts.
"I like antiques and old things, old places that still have the dust of those who've gone before lying upon them," Guy explains. Blowing the dust off just enough to see the beauty is something he has excelled at during more than two decades of songwriting and performing. Among his many influences: artists as diverse as Blind Willie McTell, Big Bill Broonzy, Lightin' Hopkins, Babatunde Olatunji Garrison Keillor and Pete Seeger. "Folk music is the doorway that I came into the blues from," he says.
Guy's Grammy-nominated album, "Sonny & Brownie's Last Train-A Look Back at Brownie McGhee and Sonny Terry" pays homage to these two artists who influenced not only Guy but musicians around the world. One such artist is the Italian harmonica ace, Fabrizio Poggi, who collaborated with Guy and also produced this record.
The son of actors Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis, Guy has had success working as an actor, author, and music teacher. Influenced at an early age by the music of Blind Willie McTell and Fats Waller, Guy's one-man play, " The Adventures of Fishy Waters: In Bed with the Blues" premiered off-Broadway in the 1990s. His portrayal of Robert Johnson in "Robert Johnson: Trick the Devil" won him the Blues Foundation's "Keeping the Blues Alive" award. In 1995, he released his debut album "Stomp Down the Rider" on Red House Records, earning acclaim for deft acoustic playing, well traveled voice and literate songwriting. Since then, he has taken his music to television's Conan O'Brien and David Letterman shows and radio's "A Prairie Home Companion," "Mountain Stage," and "World Café," among others.
Grover Kemble is a guitarist and vocalist, whose unique and colorful interpretations of jazz, rhythm and blues, and Latin music as well as his original ballads and other compositions have earned him critical acclaim. His musical acumen enables him tyo enthrall audiences of all musical persuasions.
Grover began playing professionally in his early teens, appearing at the Bottom Line in the 1970s and touring nationally with Sha-Na-Na, He fronted for the New Jersey band, Za Zu Zaz, before launching a solo career. In the late 1980, he played in duo and group settings with John Pizzarelli and accompanied his band at the JVC Jazz Festival at Carnegie Hall.
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