2017-2018 Concerts Announced for the More Barn Concert Series
Five shows at The Barn at Reynolda Village in Winston-Salem
Martha Bassett to kick off 2018 at The Barn at Reynolda Village Jan. 26
Amythyst Kiah Joins Alvin Youngblood Hart on February 24
Martin Garrish & Friends Return on March 1
Nashville’s Wild Ponies to Headline on April 6
Radney Foster & Wiley Cash Swap Stories & Songs on May 10
To reserve The Barn at Reynolda Village for your event, call 336-758-BARN.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (Jan. 9, 2018) — Storytellers of all stripes are in the spotlight for the second half of the second season of the “More Barn” concert series at The Barn at Reynolda Village in Winston-Salem, NC, which kicks off with local singer-songwriter Martha Bassett on January 26.
“We have an incredible group of storytellers – songwriters, novelists and even actors – with really different perspectives and backgrounds for these five shows to close out our second season at The Barn at Reynolda Village,” said Andy Tennille, curator of the More Barn concert series. “We’re excited to welcome back old friends, like Martin Garrish and Martha Bassett, that played The Barn last year, as well bring some new friends into the fold, too.”
Martha Bassett (http://www.marthabassett.com) will kick off the second half of our 2017-2018 season with her return to The Barn at Reynolda Village on January 26 for two sets of music backed by her band.
Amythyst Kiah (www.amythystkiah.com) was originally scheduled to play The Barn in December, but the show was postponed due to weather. The rising folk star from Johnson City, TN is now scheduled to play on February 24 opening for Alvin Youngblood Hart, a Grammy Award-winning blues artist from Memphis, TN. Both artists will be performing rare solo sets.
Martin Garrish & Friends from Ocracoke, NC return to The Barn after their sold-out debut show last year for an evening of music on March 1.
The Wild Ponies (http://www.wildponies.net/), led by Nashville-based husband-and-wife duo Doug and Telisha Williams, make their debut at The Barn at Reynolda Village on April 6.
Doors for each will open at 7 p.m. and the concerts will begin at 8 p.m. Tickets for the shows can be purchased online at https://www.reynoldavillage.com/morebarn. These will be seated general admission shows with a limited number of reserved tables available. Silo Bistro & Bar will be on site with beer and wine for sale.
About Martha Bassett – Martha Bassett was raised on the bluegrass and gospel of her native West Virginia farmland. Classically trained, Martha is blessed with a crystalline tone, a remarkable range, and sultry delivery. Her performances are known for their emotional honesty and visceral impact, making everyone in the room feel she’s singing directly to them. Her musical inspiration moves effortlessly through swing, jazz, folk, country, and rock guaranteeing playful variety at her live shows. Mixing originals with choice covers, she navigates sexy torch songs, rip-your-heart-out ballads, and slinky groove tunes with ease supported by a band equally comfortable in acoustic and electric settings. With her fourth disc, The Goodbye Party, Martha explores longing, anger, loss and love. The songs are heartbroken and wistfully triumphant. No Depression describes Martha’s music as “intricate and resoundingly captivating, each song takes me further into a scene.”
Regularly seen on stages at Merlefest, the Eastern Music Festival, Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival and concert venues throughout North Carolina and Virginia, she’s opened for Lyle Lovett, Tony Bennett, the Avett Brothers, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Jim Lauderdale, and Chuck Prophet. Martha contributed music to the Sony Classics film, “Junebug,” as well.
About Alvin Youngblood Hart – Known as a “musician’s musician” and the cosmic love child of Howlin’ Wolf and Link Wray, Alvin Youngblood Hart’s praises have been sung by everyone from Bob Dylan to guitar gods Eric Clapton & Mick Taylor. Born in Oakland CA in 1963 to a family of post-World War II Mississippi transplants, Hart began to play the guitar, in earnest, in 1977. His brilliant 1996 debut, Big Mama’s Door (Epic Records), received widespread critical acclaim and got his career as an international touring artist off the ground. Since his highly acclaimed debut, Hart has released four albums, the latest of which was Motivational Speaker (Tone Cool Records) in 2005. That same year, Hart received a Grammy Award for his contribution to Beautiful Dreamer – The Songs of Stephen Foster. He has also appeared in several films, including Last of the Mississippi Jukes, The Great Debaters, and The Soul of a Man, which was featured in Martin Scorsese’s documentary film series The Blues. In 2010, Hart teamed up with friends Jimbo Mathus and Luther Dickinson to form The South Memphis String Band, whose first album – Home Sweet Home – was nominated for “Best Acoustic Album” at the 2011 Blues Foundation Music Awards.
Along with his 40 years of playing, Hart has a nuts-and-bolts passion for the hardware of the trade that comes from his time as an electronics technician, a talent he picked up during seven years active duty in the U.S. Coast Guard. His knack for quick-thinking repairs on the road has earned him nicknames such as, “The Garage Guerrilla” or “The Rock n’ Roll MacGyver” from fellow musicians.
After two decades on the road, Hart continues to delight audiences worldwide, whether as a solo performer or with the eternally rockin’ Alvin Youngblood Hart’s Muscle Theory.
About Amythyst Kiah – Amythyst Kiah’s music draws heavily from old time sources (Mississippi Sheiks, Son House, Jimmie Rodgers, Olla Belle Reed, Carter Family) and is inspired by vocal stylings of R&B and country music from the ’50s-’70s (Big Mama Thornton, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Mahalia Jackson, Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn). She is inspired by contemporary artists who have similar powerful vocal integrity (Adele, Florence and the Machine, Megan Jean and the KFB, Janelle Monae, Thom Yorke, Tori Amos, Bonnie Raitt). Her solo album, “Dig”, is raw and sparse, with heavy lyrical content regarding such themes as loss, betrayal, and murder. She has performed at the Kennedy Center, Smithsonian Folk Life Festival, Edinburgh Blues Festival and was recently featured on the PBS show “David Holt’s State of Music.”
About Martin Garrish – Martin Garrish, a life-long resident of Ocracoke Island, NC, is a master of ‘old time’ country, rock, bluegrass and folk guitar. He has been at the heart of the Ocracoke music scene since he was a teenager and was recently honored with the 2016 Cultural Heritage Award by Ocracoke Preservation Society for his contribution to Ocracoke Island’s history and culture. He has played different genres of music – acoustic, electric, rock, country, folk, jazz, western – in different line-ups over the years including the Graveyard Band, the Ocracoke Rockers, and Ocracoke Jazz Society. He’s a favorite at the annual Ocrafolk Music Festival.
About Wild Ponies – Although they’re based in Nashville, Wild Ponies have always looked to Southwest Virginia — where bandmates Doug and Telisha Williams were both born and raised — for inspiration. There, in mountain towns like Galax, old-time American music continues to thrive, supported by a community of fiddlers, flat-pickers, and fans.
Wild Ponies pay tribute to that powerful music and rugged landscape with 2017’s Galax, a stripped-back album that nods to the band’s history while still pushing forward. Doug and Telisha took some of their favorite musicians from Nashville (Fats Kaplin, Will Kimbrough, Neilson Hubbard and Audrey Spillman) and met up with revered old-time players from Galax, Virginia (Snake Smith, Kyle Dean Smith, and Kilby Spencer). Recorded in the shed behind Doug’s old family farm in the Appalachians (steps away from the site where Doug and Telisha were married), it returns Wild Ponies to their musical and geographic roots.
About Radney Foster – As a young musician straight out of Texas, Radney Foster spent the lengthy drives in between tour stops reading the likes of John Steinbeck, Larry McMurtry, and Harper Lee. Over 30 years of artist cuts later, there is no question that he himself is an established storyteller.
For You To See The Stars is a project comprised of two parts – a book and a CD. The book is a collection of short stories published by Working Title Farm. Though the stories are fiction, they are informed by Foster’s upbringing on the Mexican border in Del Rio, TX. The 10-track album, also titled For You To See The Stars, features nine new songs and a special re-recording of “Raining on Sunday,” the song Foster co-wrote with Darrell Brown, which became one of Keith Urban’s top Billboard singles. For You To See The Stars is Foster’s eleventh album. Foster has written eight number one hit singles, including his own “Nobody Wins,” and “Crazy Over You” with duo Foster & Lloyd. His discography contains countless cuts by artists ranging anywhere from country (Keith Urban, The Dixie Chicks, Luke Bryan, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) to contemporary (Marc Broussard, Hootie & The Blowfish, Kenny Loggins, Los Lonely Boys). Although highly recognized and accomplished in the music world, Foster is a true renaissance man. In addition to For You To See The Stars being his first book, Foster recently starred in the world premiere of “Troubadour,” at Atlanta’s Tony Award winning Alliance Theatre. He also appears in the upcoming feature film, Beauty Mark.
About Wiley Cash – Wiley Cash is the New York Times best selling author of the novels The Last Ballad, A Land More Kind Than Home, and This Dark Road to Mercy. He currently serves as the writer-in-residence at the University of North Carolina-Asheville and teaches in the Mountainview Low-Residency MFA. He lives with his wife and two young daughters in Wilmington, North Carolina.
Why More Barn? – According to rock ‘n roll lore, after completing his now legendary 1972 album “Harvest,” Neil Young hosted Graham Nash at his Broken Arrow ranch outside San Francisco to play his long-time collaborator some of the new tracks. The two old friends rowed a boat out onto a lake next to Young’s home, and suddenly the new music was playing, with his house serving as the left speaker and his barn as the right. When the engineer called from the shore to ask how it sounded, Young hollered back, “More barn!’”
To reserve The Barn at Reynolda Village for your event, call 336-758-BARN.