The Earlville Opera House will host an evening with blues legend and star of “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” Chris Thomas King at 8 PM. The event is sponsored by Preferred Mutual, and continues the EOH’s 2017 Main Stage season, featuring such artists as The Jeremiahs, Peter Yarrow, and Carrie Rodriguez, among others.
Born in 1962, guitarist Chris Thomas King became the last major folk blues discovery of the 20th Century when he was discovered in Louisiana in 1985 by a folklorist from the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D. C. He was introduced to the world the following year by venerable folk label Arhoolie Records as an authentic folk blues successor to Huddie Ledbetter, Muddy Waters, Mississippi John Hurt and Manse Lipscomb.
King moved to Europe in 1993 and went on to write and produced a series of ground breaking recordings including “21st Century Blues” and “My Pain Your Pleasure.” Celebrated as an expatriate artist, yet seemingly destined for obscurity in his own country, King decided to return to New Orleans in 1996, when as fate would have it, King was chosen by the Coen brothers to play the role of itinerant bluesman Tommy Johnson alongside George Clooney in the movie “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” (2000). Larger than life on the silver screen, Chris Thomas King, acoustic guitar in hand, captivated audiences the world over. His authenticity as a folk blues artist, by any measure, proved to be undeniable, and star of stage and screen was born.
King’s major contributions to the “O Brother, Where Art Thou” phenomenon, along with its follow up album and tour, “Down From The Mountain,” has inspired a new generation of musicians such as, Hozier, Mumford & Sons, and the Lumineers. His songs “Hard Time Killing Floor Blues” and “John Law Burned Down the Liqour Sto,’” to name a few, have been covered by numerous artists including legend Buddy Guy.
King will perform at the Earlville Opera House June 2nd at 8 PM. Tickets are $30 general, $25 members, and $15 students/youth, with premiums applying in the first 4 rows. Doors will open at 7:30 PM. For more information or to purchase tickets, call 315-691-3550 or visit 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.