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“One of the top bluegrass singer-songwriters of his generation.” – Terry Gross, NPR's Fresh Air.

“One of the top bluegrass singer-songwriters of his generation.” – Terry Gross, NPR’s Fresh Air.

Peter Rowan may have gotten his start as one of Bill Monroe‘s Bluegrass Boys, in 1965, but in the 50 years since, he’s gone on to forge his own sub-genre of the bluegrass discipline. At a recent show, in between wheeling out the well-known classics “Panama Red” and “Midnight, Moonlight,” he sang tunes from his recent album Dharma Blues. Says Rowan, of his latest project, “These songs…are a place on the spiritual journey where the commitment has been made, the intent established, and the journey begun. The doubts and resolutions of the spiritual journey are what drives Dharma Blues….”  All Music.com opines: “Dharma Blues, for all the wily chances it takes, is a jewel, finding the artist at another creative peak.

Probably best known for founding Old & In the Way alongside David Grisman and Jerry Garcia, Rowan was quick to leave traditional bluegrass subject matter behind (while keeping instrumentation and song structure intact) as he broke ground with the quintet during the 1970s, taking a looser, more jam-based approach to bluegrass.

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Rowan’s unbound talent has allowed him a wide range of exploration in the folk-bluegrass genre.  “Since then he’s done reggae-billy, southwestern yodeling, traditional bluegrass, singer-songwriter material, “flexigrass,” country, Texas swing, a tribute to Gene Autry and extended jam sets with seemingly anyone who would have him,” writes Glen Herbert of radio station KDHX. And yet his picking, and his clear high, lonesome singing voice remains as unimpeachable as ever.

“…The doubts and resolutions of the spiritual journey are what drives Dharma Blues….” That’s dead on, but it doesn’t touch the musical reach on this fine album. Some of these tunes have been part of Rowan’s live repertoire for years. In his painting studio in 2006, he played them for producer John Chelew and the pair began to conceive a recording.” AllMusic.com

Don’t miss an evening with a true legend on Saturday, September 19th, at 8pm. Admission is $35 for nonmembers, $33 for members, and students are discounted to $30. Premium pricing applies for the front-most four rows. The Earlville Opera House is wheelchair-accessible with a ramp and a lift.

Don’t forget to visit our three Earlville Galleries with three new exhibits opening at 6 pm by Andrea Porter, Vartan Poghosian and Rebecca Murtaugh. The Artisans’ Gift Shop features over 35 regional artists showcasing everything from jewelry to blown glass to pottery. The EOH Arts Café will open one hour before the performance, serving freshly baked desserts and hot coffee and tea.

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.

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.

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Blues singer-songwriter Eilen Jewell fronting her red hot Americana band returns this September to the amazing acoustics of the Earlville Opera House.

Boston-based Eilen Jewell and her red-hot Americana band make their way to the historic Earlville Opera House main stage on Saturday, September 12th at 8pm. Best known as an alt-country artist, Jewell channels a presence between the sultry soul of jazz siren Billie Holiday and the “sneering edge of danger” of a pistol-packing mama. This performance is generously sponsored by Stickley Audi & Co. and WAER 88.3 Syracuse Public Media.

“She employs musical styles rooted in ‘50s America, but this isn’t some retro trip down nostalgia lane,” opines PopMatters.com. It’s where the hillbilly south, urban ethnic working class, and Southwestern badass meet.”

Jewell’s fifth studio album, Sundown Over Ghost Town will be released May 26th (Signature Sounds). The album was recorded with Eilen’s longtime road band and special guests in her hometown of Boise, and is composed of twelve stunning, original compositions that feature some of her most personal stories yet.

The band is touring in support of Jewell’s fifth studio album, Sundown Over Ghost Town that was released this May on Signature Sounds. The album was recorded with Eilen’s longtime road band and special guests in her hometown of Boise, and is composed of twelve stunning, original compositions that feature some of her most personal stories yet.

Jewell’s band is on fire. According to Pop Matters, “Much of the credit belongs to the band. Johnny Sciasa’s throbbing upright bass and Jason Beek’s skittish drums could make Tiny Tim sound like Johnny Cash. Jerry Miller’s command of electric, acoustic, and steel guitars allows him to rock out or create spectral atmospherics as needed.”

And don’t overlook Jewell’s considerable vocal prowess. According to My Old Kentucky Blog, “With a burnished voice lingering somewhere between Billie Holiday and Neko Case, Eilen Jewell’s aching vocals are pure, country-gospel, boxcar soul.”

Take a listen to the Eilen Jewell Band on You Tube below.     “Packed with vivid lyrics, steel guitars, and hot licks, Jewell’s Americana-driven brand of country music sounds tailor-made for sweltering, stagnant summer nights.”   – Eric Renner Brown, Entertainment Weekly

Don’t miss an evening with one of Americana’s hottest bands on Saturday, September 12th, at 8pm. Admission is $20 for the public, $18 for members, and students are discounted to $15. Premium pricing applies for the front-most four rows. The Earlville Opera House is wheelchair-accessible with a ramp and a lift. Don’t forget to visit our three Earlville Galleries with new exhibits opening that evening and the Artisans’ Gift Shop featuring over 35 regional artists showcasing everything from jewelry to blown glass to pottery. The EOH Arts Café will open one hour before the performance, serving freshly baked desserts and hot coffee and tea.

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.

More about this artist   http://www.eilenjewell.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.

Catch them live in the amazing acoustics of the 1892 Earlville Opera House!

Catch them live in the amazing acoustics of the 1892 Earlville Opera House!

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