Steve’s lineup loaded with talent
July 27, 2006
Carbondale will be bursting with live music this weekend, but it gets under way tonight at Steves Guitars with the first of four straight nights of shows in the shops intimate listening room.Tonight, the Peasall Sisters bring their three-part harmony to Steves stage. Eighteen-year-old Sarah, 14-year-old Hannah and 12-year-old Leah have already earned Grammy and CMA Award for their part in the hit movie, O Brother, Where Art Thou? and theyve performed at the likes of Carnegie Hall, Radio City Music Hall and the Grand Ole Opry. But, hey, their dad still drives them to gigs. On Friday, Pete Huttlinger, former lead guitarist with the late John Denvers band, is on stage at Steves.Guitar Player magazine had this to say about Huttlinger: “In Pete Huttlinger’s hands, a fingerpicked flat-top becomes a mini-orchestra. He juggles it all: a tunes melody, harmony and bass lines even percussion. His playing is fun, scary and always inspiring.”Says Steve Standiford (the Steve in Steves Guitars): That was true of his first show in our room and I hope it’s the same for this Friday night. This man is an incredible player and showman and a real treat to see in a small venue like ours.Folk singer-songwriter Ellis Paul is on the bill Saturday night, with an opening set by his friend, Daryl Purpose.Paul, notes Standiford, is credited with helping ignite the folk revival of the 90s, has recorded 11 CDs and was asked by folk legend Woody Guthries daughter to sing at the celebration when Guthrie was inducted into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame.Finally, alternative bluegrass outfit Crooked Still plays Steves on Sunday night after an appearance on the main stage at the Carbondale Mountain Fair.The Boston Globe had this to say about the Boston bands sound: State-of-the-art musical chops with a deep understanding of American traditional musics raw melodic grace.Says Steve: It’s not often that we get to hear a cello, banjo and stand-up bass together with an incredible vocalist.Shows at Steves start at 8:30 p.m. Admission at the door. The shop is at 19 N. Fourth St.Carbondale Mountain Fair will bring its own slate of music to town this weekend. The 35th annual fair begins Friday at Sopris Park and runs through Sunday. See the Mountain Fair musical lineup elsewhere in this A&E section.