Date:   10/18/2008

Guy Davis and Ann Rabson to Perform Acclaimed Double-Bill

 

Critically acclaimed and award winning blues artists Guy Davis and Ann Rabson will be performing for the first time together at 7:30 p.m. on October 18 at the Thrasher Opera House in Green Lake.

 

He's a musician, composer, actor, director, and writer.  But most importantly, Guy Davis is a bluesman.  The blues permeates every corner of Davis' creativity. Throughout his career, Davis has dedicated himself to reviving the traditions of acoustic blues and bringing them to as many ears as possible through the material of the great blues masters, African American stories, and his own original songs, stories and performance pieces. His influences are as varied as the days.  Musically, he enjoyed such great blues musicians as Blind Willie McTell, Skip James, Manse Lipscomb, Mississippi John Hurt, Elizabeth Cotton, and Buddy Guy, and Taj Mahal. 

 

For the past decade, Davis has concentrated much of his efforts on writing, recording, and performing music.  His 1995 Red House Records debut, "Stomp Down Rider," landed on top lists all over the country, including in the Boston Globe. His next several albums also secured critical praise worldwide.  “Call Down The Thunder” was named a top ten album of the year in the Boston Globe and Pulse, “You Don’t Know Me” was chosen as ‘Blues Album of the Year’ by the Association For Independent Music, and “Chocolate to the Bone” won a W.C. Handy award nomination for “Best Acoustic Blues Album”.  In fact, Davis has been nominated for nine ‘Handy Awards’ over the years including for “Best Traditional Blues Album”, “Best Blues Song” and as “Best Acoustic Blues Artist” two times.

 

His latest album, “Legacy” was picked as one of the Best CDs of the Year by National Public Radio (NPR), and the lead track on it, “Uncle Tom’s Dead” was chosen as one of the Best Songs of the Year.  The only other artist on both lists was Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys fame.

 

At age thirty-five, Ann Rabson decided to learn the piano. Now honored as a member of the Boogie Woogie Hall of Fame and praised as having the “best left hand in the blues,” she brings the historic blues, boogie-woogie, and barrelhouse styles front and center.

 

Rabson was first touched by the blues at age four when she heard Big Bill Broonzy on the radio. Rabson says, “His music spoke to me; my world went from black-and-white to color.” Now in her fourth decade as an internationally acclaimed songwriter, recording artist and performer, Rabson creates music that speaks to and entertains people all over the world.

Rabson still plays the first instrument she touched as a child--a guitar found in her father’s attic. Attracted to the Piedmont style of guitar picking, along with her skillful and witty writing she created a unique and ear-catching sound all her own.

 

Honored by the music industry with multiple Blues Music Award nominations for Traditional Female Blues Artist of the Year, Rabson also gained nominations for Song of the Year for “Elevator Man” and Album of the Year for “Music Makin’ Mama.”

Tickets for this special double-bill concert are only $24 and can be purchased at the Thrasher office, Knowledge Emporium, Green Lake Bank (Green Lake); Pick N’ Save, Ripon Drug (Ripon); Twister (Princeton) or by calling (920) 294-4279.  Online tickets available at www.thrasheroperahouse.com. 

 

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts with additional support from Bergstrom Automotive and the Diedrich Agency, Inc. 

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