Ken Waldman, Alaska's Fiddling Poet with special guest Kit Haymond and Jan Bell
Sunday, April 2, 3 pm, as part of the Strand Theatre's spring schedule, Alaskan Fiddling Poet, Ken Waldman, makes his first Indiana appearance in a decade. Ken brings a local special guest, singer/songwriter/guitarist, Kit Haymond and Jan Bell.
April is National Poetry Month! Ken Waldman's 20 books include 16 full-length poetry collections. His 12 CDs combine Appalachian-style string-band music with original poetry. He promises an afternoon full of fun, inspiration, and surprises that will take you from Shelby County to the Real Alaska and back.
Brooklyn Americana Music presents:
Loretta Lynn Birthday Show
Flood Relief Fundraiser in aid of Appalshop, KY
Live Music by:
Queen Esther, Christian & Cole, David Russell, Olivia Ellen Lloyd, Squiretown, and special guests!. Hosted by Jan Bell
Join us for a Flood Relief Fundraiser to help Appalshop recover from the devastating July 2022 flooding. Based in Whitesburg, Kentucky, Appalshop is a community media and arts center dedicated to preserving and sharing the rich cultural heritage of Central Appalachia. Since 1969, they have been committed to creating a more just and equitable society by empowering Appalachians to tell their own stories—through film, radio, theater, music, reproductive justice work, and community development.
Opening for Melissa Carper.
After the success of her critically-acclaimed 2021 release Daddy' s Country Gold, Melissa Carper, dubbed "HillBillie Holiday" by friend and collaborator Chris Scruggs, was eager to get back in the studio. With co-producers Andrija Tokic (St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Hurray For The Riff Raff) and Dennis Crouch (The Time Jumpers) behind the boards again at Tokic's analog paradise The Bomb Shelter in Nashville, Carper assembled that same crew of magical music makers -- plus a few more -- to embark on her newest effort, Ramblin' Soul, set for release November 18th via Thirty Tigers.
Carper's deep, old-timey music roots were firmly planted as a child, playing upright bass and singing in her family's traveling country band in rural Nebraska. Her love of country classics was cultivated as she laid beneath the console listening to her parents' record collection. Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Ray Charles, Elvis Presley, and more became the soundtrack of her youth. When Carper's father gifted her a collection of Jimmie Rodgers' recordings, she began to find her voice and calling as a songwriter.
Carper attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln on a music scholarship, and spent much of her time in the music library, instinctively drawn to the great jazz classics and jazz vocalists such as Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, and Nat King Cole. She also discovered Lead Belly, uncovering a deep well within when singing his songs. Carper stands firmly on the shoulders of American ramblers, crooners, and songsters -- the building blocks of her musical foundation.
The Maybelles began as a duo in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Jan Bell will be joined by long time friend and fellow 'Maybelle' Hilary Hawke on banjo.
From a coal-mining village in Yorkshire England, Jan Bell made her name as a songwriter in NYC. Over the last twenty years recording seven critically acclaimed albums made in New Orleans, Eureka Springs AR and Brooklyn NYC. Her band "The Maybelles” started out in The Ozarks as a duo with Melissa Carper.
Along the way opening for Wanda Jackson, Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Odetta, and Ramblin’ Jack Elliott. Independent Music Award for Best Alt. Country album. Nominee Best Concept album ‘Dream of the Miner’s Child’.
“Maybe growing up in Nottinghamshire is what sets Jan Bell apart from the run of local lady folkies. Or maybe its the slide guitars, harmonicas, mandolins and banjos. Dark, old timey spareness......gorgeous ” - Chuck Eddy, The Village Voice
“Bell's music isn't strictly bluegrass, but her reworking of old-time country and jug-band blues is remarkably nuanced. It embodies the wide-open spirit of what has become an antic, hybrid genre.” - Edd Hurt, The Nashville Scene