Shannon Whitworth (Jazz Quintet)
- Friday, July 26th
- 8:00 pm
If Shannon Whitworth’s first two albums were cross-country treks, High Tide is a trans-Atlantic voyage. Leaving all preconceptions of the banjo-wielding songstress behind, Whitworth’s new adventure steers into waters both familiar and refreshingly new, Gibson SG in hand. On the heels of a year spent touring with Chris Isaak and the Tedeschi-Trucks Band, and recording as the singing voice of Belk department stores’ latest campaign, High Tide finds Whitworth collaborating with Bill Reynolds (Band of Horses) and producer Seth Kauffman, while continuing to hit the road with her core quartet. From the first rolling rhythms, it’s evident that this album charts new waters. Just as her music stems from Appalachian roots (she’s a favorite at MerleFest) but sheds its traditional skin at the door, High Tide begins with a journey to the coast that takes rest stops in reverb-drenched jazz and indie rock along the way, setting the mood for a tight but playful expedition. Whether you’re holed up in a chilly Appalachian barn or walking the coast on a hot August evening, Whitworth’s High Tide holds universal appeal, from the mountains to the sea.
“Her vocals are some of the most expressive, and sultry, that I’ve ever heard.”
- David Royko, Chicago Tribune
“She was playing a laid-back show at a rural pottery store, and as soon as I heard that voice, I was hooked.” – Craig Shelburne, CMT Edge
“Critics have raved about the singer’s distinctive husky voice since she appeared on the music scene in 2002 as a founding member of the Biscuit Burners.” – Garden & Gun
Hesitant SquirrelSaturday, July 27th
New, local bluegrass band Hesitant Squirrel plays a mix of traditional bluegrass music and fiddle tunes, songs from other genres played in the bluegrass style, as well as some original bluegrass tunes. First appearance at The Buttonwood Tree!
Nathan Day – guitar & vocals
Bart Holcomb – bass
Pat MacDonald – mandolin & vocals
Steve Bacher – banjo & vocals
Colin Hickey -Schiappa – fiddle
Genre – Bluegrass