LARRY KEEL

Lexington, VA
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The Hobo Stage & The HBT presents

Todd Sheaffer, Larry Keel and Natural Bridge

Friday December 6, 2013 at The Historic Blairstown Theater
$30 Showtime 8:30pm / Doors: 8:00pm

The Hobo Stage and our friends at the Historic Blairstown Theater are joining forces to bring to you 2 of our personal favorite musical acts, together on the same evening and for one night only. This special co bill is guaranteed to blow you musical mind apart. So do your self a favor and grab your tickets and don't miss this show.  Special Wine and Beer cash bar will be available for this evening. For Tickets visit  www.thehobostage.com
 

Todd Sheaffer

 Todd Sheaffer’s musical journey has taken him from N J to NY to Europe and back to NJ again; with stops in just about every corner of the country. As the lead singer, guitar player and principal songwriter for the venerable acoustic rock band Railroad Earth Todd is no stranger to the road.
Todd began his career in music while still in college in New York City. Performing in downtown clubs, Todd was hired and began a three year stint as lead guitarist/harmony singer for the Jack Hardy band - touring extensively in Europe and recording two albums for the German label Entente.
Following this apprenticeship, and ripe with a growing body of original work, Todd joined with two former high school bandmates and two new friends and formed From Good Homes. From Good Homes developed into a substantial touring and recording band. The band’s four acclaimed albums are as follows: "Hick-Pop Comin’ at Ya’"(GRRrrr, 1993), "Open up the Sky" (RCA, 1995), "Live at Waterloo" (RCA, 1997), and "From Good Homes" (RCA,1998). In 1998, the band received an achievement award from Billboard and Irving Plaza for the most consecutive sold-out performances ever (12) at this respected NYC venue.
When From Good Homes deciding to park the wagons following a tour in support of their third major label release, Todd took to the road for some stripped-down, acoustic performances. These intimate shows are still a fan favorites and give both performer and fan an opportunity to interact and share in the magic of his work.
The spirit of these performances has been captured beautifully on Todd's solo release: "Dream of Love" (Bag O' Seed, 2000). This disc was recorded live at Centenary College in NJ on 11/20/99 and contains both brand new gems and FGH favorites. Soon after its release, MTV's popular "Real World" show licensed the entire recording for use in upcoming episodes.

Larry Keel

Larry Keel is described by some reviewers as the most powerful, innovative and all-out exhilarating acoustic flatpicking guitarist performing today. Keel has absorbed the best lessons from his Bluegrass family upbringing, both sides deeply steeped in the rich mountain music culture and heritage of Southwest Virginia. From there, he has always integrated that solid musical grounding and natural-born talent with his own incomparable approach to flatpicking the guitar and composing original music. He's also got a knack for choosing interesting and appealing material from all realms of music with guts, whether it's a tune written by a fellow song-writer/musician friend, or a tasty cover from any number of genres all over the map. The combination is pretty irresistible, and has earned Keel the highest respect and billing among the top acoustic musicians alive, and some now gone: Tony Rice, Chris Thile,Vassar Clements, Sam Bush, Del McCoury, John Hartford, Bill Monroe, Peter Rowan, and Darol Anger to name a few. And his fierce, high-spirited energy also appeals to young rockers, jammers and alt country pickers and fans who are equally drawn to Keel’s deep rumbling voice, his earthy and imaginative song-writing, and his down-home-gritty-good-time charm. Keel regularly collaborates with JamBand and Rock giants Yonder Mountain String Band, Keller Williams, Jorma Kaukonen, David Nelson, Little Feat, Rebirth Brass Band, Dirty Dozen Brass, Railroad Earth, members of String Cheese Incident and Leftover Salmon, amongst others.
Joining the award-winning Flatpickin legend to make up Natural Bridge are the vastly talented Mark Schimick on mandolin and vocals, Larry’s life-long picker pal (and fishing phenom) Will Lee on soulful, blues-grass style 5-string banjo and penetrating lead vocals, and wife Jenny Keel with her impeccable timing and solid, yet imaginative bass lines as well as tenor vocal harmonies. Keel has a variety of formats swirling around the calendar each year; look out for Larry Keel solo, Keels duo, Keller and the Keels, the Keel Brothers, Keel with Danny Barnes and Drew Emmitt, Keel and Adam Aijala or Jeff Austin (YMSB), an occasional Keel trio, and many other special guests added to the mix.
 

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