Greetings and salutations good people, I hope everyone is doing alright. Once again, I appreciate all of the feedback on the last column. There were some great shows this past weekend. And I hope several of you got a chance to see some of the action.
On an aside — and just a quick moment from yours truly — I've had a fair number of folks asking when I'll be playing again. I even had one person say they were concerned that now that I was writing about music, that maybe I'd retired or something. No such luck. Things have been a little light here lately, but that is about to change. Sweet Harmony will be at Madison Fest in Madison next month, and we've got some others on the docket as well. Also, in May, I'll be doing some of my solo instrumental magic/mood music over at Milazzo's. I'll remind you of those as we get closer.
Featured Artist: David Leinweiber
Known as the Flatpicking Professor, David Leinweiber is quite a talent. A longtime professor at Oxford College, he's been playing and writing music for many years. His influences include Gordon Lightfoot, Cat Stevens and Jim Croce, in addition to bluegrass and mountain music. But he also has an appreciation for rock, progressive and jazz-fusion. I've known Leinweiber for several years, seen him live a couple of times and even had a chance to jam with him a few years back. He is truly an incredible guitar player. He's a good singer, too.
Originally from Michigan, the good professor has been in our neck of the woods for more than 20 years now. He played shows with Johnny Roquemore (a previous featured artist in this column) in the early- and mid-2000s. Those were some epic shows. For years Leinweiber’s main project was The Silverbird Duo with Bob McMillan. That was a heck of a group. These days, Leinweiber has a new project, Benson and Leinweiber. The pair is a classic acoustic guitar duo. These guys have been playing out a good bit and have been wowing crowds with their intricate guitar work and vocal harmonies.
In addition to playing Eddie's Attic and some other great gigs around here, Leinweiber has also plaed at the Scottish Bluegrass Festival in Scotland twice. Aside from his guitar skills, Leinweiber also plays a mean piano and gives guitar and piano lessons.
He’s a great musician and cool dude. You can find him online, and like Benson and Leinweiber on Facebook to stay informed of their future shows.
Gannon Adams will perform at The Social House, 2101 Main Street Porterdale at 9 p.m. on Saturday, April 2.
I've mentioned Adams a time or two when describing the rich stable of country singers we have here in the Covington/Newton area. I've listened to both of his albums, and I can tell you that they are both very good and showcase his impressive voice and songwriting skills. He has made a name for himself in Nashville. In addition to playing a lot of shows in and around Covington, Adams has played all over the Southeast and has opened for the likes of Confederate Railroad, Mark Wills, and has opened for the one and only Merle Haggard multiple times. This promises to be a big show down at The Social House. You can go to facebook.com/gannonadamsmusic for more information.
Since I went heavy on shows last edition, I think we'll leave it at that for this time around. Just remember Amici’s is doing music every Friday night and several other venues are offering live music on Friday and Saturday evenings. I hope everyone has a great week, and we'll see you next time.
Marshall wears many hats, but being a musician and musical enthusiast are chief among them.