Bob Everhart of Country Music News International says of Alex Smith’s music, “Alex is a wonderful poetic writer who captures words full of meaning, matching them with creative music that creeps quietly into the past at the same time as dancing with the present, and sneaking a peek at the future.” Yet another reviewer said, “With a voice as deep and dark as an Irish Stout, and acoustic arrangements that wind and curve as if following the course and contour of a river, Alex Smith exemplifies our cultural ideal of what a folk singer should be.” Songs like “Hamilton County” and “North Country Girl” give Alex a chance to showcase his deep, rich sound that sings of life in the north.
On the 30th Bob Amos and Catamount Crossing will be center stage in the Tillotson Center theater, unleashing the absolute joy of bluegrass through a Green Mountain prism.
Bob Amos first became an internationally recognized and acclaimed bluegrass musician and songwriter as the leader of the popular award winning band Front Range. From 1990-2003, Front Range recorded seven CDs, and received top notch reviews and heavy airplay on bluegrass radio programs throughout the world.
Over many years Amos has been universally praised for his musical arrangements and original bluegrass material. Sing Out! magazine has called Bob, “one of the most constantly intelligent and interesting songwriters in American music.”
Bob is once again in the bluegrass spotlight with a whole new batch of stellar original songs, and a terrific new band, Bob Amos and Catamount Crossing, to present this new material to the public.
The group features Bob on banjo, guitar and vocals, his daughter Sarah Amos on vocals, Freeman Corey on fiddle, Gary Darling on mandolin and vocals, Steve Wright on guitar and vocals, and bassist Chris Cruger. The band puts on an entertaining high-energy show, with stellar harmonies, rock solid instrumentation, top shelf original material, plus great new interpretations of some bluegrass classics.
Bob’s CD Borrowed Time was given a highlight review in Bluegrass Unlimited magazine, and his most recent CD, Sunrise Blues, was named Best Traditional Album of the Year by Vermont’s Barre-Montpelier Times Argus Music Awards. VPR’s “All The Traditions” radio host Robert Resnick wrote “(Sunrise Blues) gets my vote as best acoustic album of 2014.”
Find out what new in 2015 with Bob Amos and Catamount Crossing during their Aug. 30 show at the Tillotson Center. Come early and enjoy a pulled pork and beans supper with all the fixins’ at the Center in a special arrangement between the GNWCA and Habitat for Humanity. “We are pleased to help this worthy group,” said the GNWCA’s Jordan. “All proceeds from the food served between 5-6:30 p.m. will support the local Habitat group.”
Tickets for either show are $15 each and available in advance at Fiddleheads, 110 Main St., in Colebrook, or at the door on the night of the concerts. The GNWCA presents over 20 shows a year, having brought some 150 shows to the Tillotson Center over the past five years. Visit www.gnwca.org and find out how you can become a supporting member. For more information on these and other GNWCA events, call 237-9302 or 246-8998.