Monday, August 13, 2012

Garnet Rogers, Curtis Salgado, Iris Dement highlight Iron Horse schedule next week

Garnet Rogers 
Legendary Canadian folk singer Garnet Rogers plays the Iron Horse Saturday, August 25th at 7PM.   Red Molly's Carolann Solebello opens.
Best known as the brother of Canadian folk singer Stan Rogers, Garnet Rogers has enjoyed a substantial musical career of his own. He began experimenting with various musical instruments at the age of five, starting off with the guitar and graduating to the fiddle and flute. In the early 1970s, he and his brother joined Cedar Lake, but only lasted a year; together with that band's bassist, the two brothers broke away to form a trio. Involvement with two documentaries for the Canadian Broadcasting Company led to the material that went into Garnet and Stan's first album Fogarty's Cove. The Rogers' songs dealt with the lore and life of Canadian working folk and struck a chord across that nation. Several albums followed, including Turnaround and Northwest Passage. In 1983, Stan died in a tragic plane accident, leaving Garnet to carry the torch alone. His first album, entitled, simply Garnet Rogers appeared in 1984 and was followed by a successive album every two years into the 1990s. In 2002 Red House Records released a collection of Rogers best material, All That Is. Despite the fact the Rogers has a large American following among folk fans, the record was his first to be released by an American company.

Curtis Salgado, who inspired John Belushi to form the Blues Brothers, has a new album "Soul Shot" on Alligator Records and a gig at the Iron Horse on Sunday, August 26th at 7PM. Stewart James & The Juke Joint All Stars featuring Wally "Sweet Daddy" Graney open.

Award-winning vocalist/songwriter/harmonica icon Curtis Salgado sings and plays with soulful authority, never giving less than 100 percent. Salgado’s been perfecting his craft since he first began playing professionally in the late 1960s. He fronted his own group, The Nighthawks, inspired John Belushi to create The Blues Brothers, was co-star of The Robert Cray Band and sang and toured with Roomful Of Blues. Winner of the 2010 and 2012 Blues Music Award for Soul Blues Artist Of The Year, Salgado effortlessly mixes blues, funk and R&B with a delivery that is raw and heartfelt.

Folk chanteuse and former Nashvillian Iris DeMent has her first new album of originals in 16 years, Sing the Delta, and plays the Iron Horse on Thursday, August 30th at 7PM

Iris Dement

Folk chanteuse and former Nashvillian Iris DeMent has an illustrious history of critical acclaim, Grammy nominations and superstar admirers like Merle Haggard and John Prine — but when it comes to releasing new material, this erudite storyteller waits until she’s ready. Sing the Delta, her first album of original material in 16 years (she released Lifeline, an album of gospel covers, in 2004),comes out in October on her Flariella label. The album, which includes contributions from dobro legend Al Perkins and keyboard player Reese Wynans, is composed of songs that DeMent crafted as far back as 1998.

Tickets for all shows are on sale now at Northampton Box Office, 76 Main Street, 413 586 8686 and online at

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