Fri, May 11, 2018, 8:00 pm
Billy Kemp is a song and music maker, mostly roots music. The Baltimore native and Nashville resident has recorded five solo records and written over two hundred songs. He has performed at the Grand Ole Opry, played loud electric guitar on international rock tours and composed music for Maryland Public Television. His concerts feature original songs and stories on guitar, banjo and piano. His latest January 2018 release Another Life includes seven reminisences from the neighborhood of Paradise in west Baltimore where Billy grew up and four heart songs. Quotes on Another Life: “richly evocative, teeming with character, humor and heart” Folk Works, “heartbreaking, honest, minimal” Ear To The Ground. On Billy’s concerts: “amiable, humorous and enthralling” Alan Cackett, former editor Maverick Magazine UK.
Wayne Haught’s songs may feature drunks with guitars, horseshoe tattoos, Elvis imposters, and homeless holy men, but each serves as part of a larger musical vision that emphasizes shared experience, human connection, and common feelings. Singing from a high lonesome place deep down in his soul, Haught finds the emotional heart of each song. Whether he’s delivering wailing almost bluegrass, dark-tinged folk, infectious rockabilly, or bluesy talking-verse he engages listeners with a lived-in voice that makes whatever he sings sound absolutely real.
“Wayne Haught is a great songwriter, and he’s got one of the best country voices that I’ve ever heard. I love it!” – Ray Edlund – KPFA Pig In a Pen
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