Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012, 7:30 pm Fred Eaglesmith Traveling Show Admission: $19 | $25 at the door
Featuring the Fabulous Ginn Sisters
Presented by 98.1 Radio Free Santa Fe, Santa Fe Performance Exchange, and Southwest Roots Music
Throughout the years since his first album in 1980, Eaglesmith has managed to both transcend and blend such genres and categories as rock’n’roll, country, folk, singer-songwriter, Americana, blues and bluegrass to fashion his own distinctive brand of literate, melodic and rhythmic rocking electro-acoustic North American music. Along the way he has gathered a unique set of accomplishments: a Juno Award for Best Roots & Traditional Album, had his music used in films by Martin Scorsese, James Caan and Toby Keith, wrote a hit #1 on the bluegrass charts (“Thirty Years of Farming,” recorded by James King), wowed David Letterman in his U.S. network debut in 2010, and found his songs included in the curriculum at two colleges. His songs have been covered by Toby Keith, The Cowboy Junkies, Mary Gauthier, Kasey Chambers, Todd Snider and many others.
His followers are so devoted that he is the host and centerpiece of a number of music festivals in the U.S. and Canada. He also inspired the Roots on the Rails rolling music fests and hosts its excursions on scenic railways as well as, last year, at sea. When not writing recording and performing music, Eaglesmith creates visual art that is exhibited in commercial galleries and museums.
One of nine children raised on a farm in Ontario, Eaglesmith remains genuinely tied to the land and the lives of everyday people. After his family lost its farm, he set out on his own at age 15, hitchhiking and hopping trains across North America and honing his craft as a writer, singer, and entertainer in hobo camps and for crews of fellow forest firefighters before working small clubs and coffeehouses. These days, he travels in a converted school bus and RV that run on gas and used cooking oil, pulling into campgrounds and truckstops for the night. Eaglesmith’s recently released 19th disc, 6 Volts, was recorded live in the studio with one mic onto a one-track reel-to-reel recorder. It doesn’t get any more real than when you can’t overdub, autotune, or fix it in the mix.