Fred Eaglesmith Traveling Steam Show: Rock & Roll Americana

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The Ontario-based singer-songwriter has recorded 19 albums and written more than 1000 songs since the early 1980’s. If you can imagine “Tom Waits meets Pink Floyd meets Hank Williams,” (Calgary Herald) you may understand why this artist has such devoted fans.

For travelling troubadour Fred Eaglesmith, a broken down bus is not a deterrent to playing over 200 shows a year — it’s part of the authentic rock ‘n’ roll experience.1

Americana icon Fred Eaglesmith in his 5-piece Traveling Steam Show makes his way to the historic stage of the Earlville Opera House on Friday, September 13th at 8pm.  The show includes the Fabulous Ginn Sisters.  

Fred Eaglesmith has earned comparisons to John Prine, Woody Guthrie, Neil Young, and Merle Haggard while mixing country, rock and folk in his stunning narrative songs.  On stage his tales and observations are as keen and compelling as his songs and frequently as hilarious as the best stand-up comedians.  This performance is generously sponsored by WAER FM 88.3.

If you can imagine “Tom Waits meets Pink Floyd meets Hank Williams,” (Calgary Herald) you may understand why this artist has such devoted fans. Eric Alper recaps this Ontario-based singer-songwriter: “Throughout the years since his first album in 1980, Eaglesmith has usefully managed to both transcend and blend such genres and categories as rock’n’roll, country, folk, singer-songwriter, Americana, blues and bluegrass to fashion his own distinctive brand of literate, melodic and rhythmic rocking electro-acoustic North American music. Along the way he has gathered a unique set of accomplishments: a Juno Award for Best Roots & Traditional Album, had his music used in films by Martin Scorsese, James Caan and Toby Keith, wrote a hit #1 on the bluegrass charts (“Thirty Years of Farming,” recorded by James King), wowing David Letterman in his U.S. network debut in 2010, and finding his songs included in the curriculum at two colleges. His followers are so devoted that he is the host and centerpiece of a number of music festivals in the U.S. and Canada…

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“My Dad had an old console radio on top of the clothes dryer, and when Johnny Cash came on, he would put one hand on each side of the radio and really listen to that song. It really meant that much to him,” notes Eaglesmith

We just play rock’n’roll,” Eaglesmith asserts. And in the process deliver music based on passion and truth, with an emotional union and a shared sense of fun. “The root of it all is my little bit of creativity, that little ball of fire inside me. I just do what feels like the truth to me. And when it feels like the truth it’s really not that hard to do or hard to listen to.”

Fred Eaglesmith’s latest CD “Six Volts” drew this review in Cashbox Magazine: “Every genre and roots sub genre he’s ever worked in is represented here; alt-country, stone cold folk, dry as dust roots, road songs, Gospel and it’s alter ego the murder ballad, all get their moments in the Eaglesmith sun and that’s a special place.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA“Backed by a full band, featuring quick pickin’ mandolin player Mike Zinger, and recorded with the group gathered around a single microphone, the sound is stripped down and warm, made edgy upon occasion by bursts of skronky electric guitar and made vital by Eaglesmith’s lived-in vocals.
Subject matter includes stories of the down and the downtrodden, cheating wives, truckers on amphetamines, singers, crazy women, nights on the town, days on the road and da country music life.” (Cashbox Magazine)

Fred Eaglesmith You Tubes:

Wilder than Her   //  Freight Train   //  I shot your Dog  //   I Like Trains

These days Eaglesmith is in motion most of the year from show to show in a school bus and RV that have been converted to run on both gas and used cooking oil they get from restaurants and diners along the way. The troupe pulls into campgrounds, RV parks, truckstops and WalMart parking lots to spend the night rather than in hotels, and cooks up their own feasts in the morning for breakfast. “Times are hard and things are tough for people, and we shouldn’t be riding in busses that look like bachelor apartments,” he states. As a result, ”It makes me sound like the truth when I’m up there singing because it is the truth.” It’s all part and parcel of his mission of delivering a memorable and moving entertainment experience for the masses with his band, the Traveling Steam Show.

These days Eaglesmith is in motion most of the year from show to show in a school bus and RV that have been converted to run on both gas and used cooking oil they get from restaurants and diners along the way. The troupe pulls into campgrounds, RV parks, truckstops and WalMart parking lots to spend the night rather than in hotels, and cooks up their own feasts in the morning for breakfast. “Times are hard and things are tough for people, and we shouldn’t be riding in busses that look like bachelor apartments,” he states. As a result, ”It makes me sound like the truth when I’m up there singing because it is the truth.” It’s all part and parcel of his mission of delivering a memorable and moving entertainment experience for the masses with his band, the Traveling Steam Show. (Eric Alper)

The Fabulous Ginn Sisters (Brit and Tif) from Texas are featured in the Traveling Steam Show.  They have made a career of breaking hearts in clubs across North America. Tif Ginn has a gorgeous voice that complements the gruff vocals delivered by Eaglesmith.  She released 3 critically acclaimed CDs before joining the Traveling Show and recently released her own self titled CD as a solo artist.

Fred Eaglesmith brings his Traveling Steam Show to the Earlville Opera House on Friday the 13th – be one of the lucky ones to see him live in the incredible acoustics of this historic venue. Tickets are available online or by calling EOH at $22, $20 EOH members, $17 students.  Premium seating in the first 4 rows is an added $5. The EOH Theater is wheelchair-accessible with a ramp and a lift.

During your visit, take advantage of the exhibits in the three EOH Art Galleries, the Artisan’s Gift Shop featuring New York artists and the EOH Arts Café!  Delicious refreshments will be available before the show and during intermission, including hot and cold drinks.  For more information, or to reserve your seats, call 315-691-3550 or order online at www.earlvilleoperahouse.com.  The Opera House is located at 18 East Main Street, in Earlville, NY.

Band photo by Jan Noreck-Fred_Eaglesmith

Fred Eaglesmiith’s Traveling Steam Show is coming to the historic main stage of the Earlville Opera House on Friday, September 13th! More about this artist: http://www.fredeaglesmith.com/

EOH events are made possible, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and through the generosity of EOH members.

Sources:

1. Playing in a travellin’ band by Emily Wessel

Review by James Lizzard: Six Volts: Fred Eaglesmith, Cashbox Magazine Canada

Review by Eric Alper: Stream Fred Eaglesmith’s 6 Volts in its entirety

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