Acoustic satire, inventive bluegrass take center stage at Steve’s | AspenTimes.com

Acoustic satire, inventive bluegrass take center stage at Steve’s

Aspen Times Staff

Singer/songwriter Cosy Sheridan plays Steve's Guitars in Carbondale on Friday night. (Courtesy Cosy Sheridan)

Satirical folksinger Cosy Sheridan and Durango bluegrass quartet the Wayword Sons showcase their songwriting chops at Steve’s Guitar in Carbondale this weekend.

Sheridan returns to Steve’s cozy stage Friday for an 8:30 p.m. show that is likely to be as funny as it is musical. The award-winning songwriter’s wry observations are generally accompanied by audience laughter along with her accomplished guitar work.

Her topics are decidedly female in perspective (guys, you may learn something). Take “Botox Tango” from a CD of the same name, for example: ” I am thinking of getting injected, gravity is heavier than I expected.” Or, the bluesy “The Ladies Room,” which speaks of the unspoken: why women won’t sit down on a toilet seat.

In reviewing her CD, “Anthymn,” Acoustic Guitar Magazine reportedly said: “If I were going to throw an all-girl dinner party at which I wanted to laugh and cry from the hor d’oeuvres to the chocolate pudding, Cosy Sheridan is the first woman I’d invite.”

Admission at the door; no word on the price.

Saturday’s show, the Wayword Sons featuring Benny “Burle” Galloway, promises a dose of the genre-bending bluegrass that some quick-witted scribe dubbed “Burlegrass.”

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The band hasn’t been together all that long, but Galloway is no stranger to bluegrass fans. The Yonder Mountain String Band’s 2003 recording, “Old Hands” features all Galloway originals.

The Wayword Sons’ inventive style (a bluegrass band with keyboards?) helped the band’s first studio release, “Poor Boy’s Delight” (August 2006) debut in the top 10 on Billboard’s bluegrass charts.

The group includes Greg Andrulis on piano and keyboards, Anders Beck on dobro and drop steels, guitarist Pete Kartsounes and bassman Galloway.

Says Steve’s owner Steve Standiford: “They are all supremely talented musicians that bring Burle’s original songs to life. It is a wonderful thing to hear live in a great venue.”

Tickets are $10 at the door. Showtime is 8:30 p.m.