Folk concert with freestyle acoustic rock
PUTNEY- Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present contemporary folk singer-songwriters Ellis Paul and Garrin Benfield on Friday, October 19, at 7:30 pm.
One of the leading voices in American songwriting, Paul was at the forefront of singer-songwriters that emerged from the Boston folk scene in the 1990s, creating a movement that revitalized the national acoustic music circuit with an urban, literate, folk pop style. 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. Paul frames the most divisive issues of the day into starkly personal and emotional terms in his songs. Paul has released 19 albums, but his writing extends beyond his extensive collection of songs. “Notes from the Road” is his critically-acclaimed book of essays on his life on the American folk circuit, lyrics from his albums, stray poems, and sketches from his journals.
Benfield’s sound has been described as freestyle acoustic rock. His music is a blend of moody, guitar driven rock and polyrhythmic groove all run through the filter of a very serious singer-songwriter. He flat-picks his way through complicated and lightning-fast arrangements, often using a loop station to create mesmerizing soundscapes, darkened by his extensive use of effect pedals. Benfield has recorded five CDs of original music, and his song “What You’re Hiding” - a stark tribute to Matthew Shepard - was featured in a production of “The Laramie Project.”
Tickets are $20 in advance and $24 at the door. For more information visit www.nextstagearts.org.