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Friday, October 20, at 7:30 p.m.
$15 at door, $8 students. $12 advance tickets
"Martin Grosswendt and Susanne Salem-Schatz make beautiful music together. Martin is one of roots music's best kept secrets, while Salem-Schatz complements Grosswendt's stunning, understated instrumental work and soulful singing with rock solid rhythm, distinctive harmonies and powerful lead vocals. Together Martin and Susanne explore the highways and byways of traditional and vernacular American music in a unique and compelling way that's all their own. If they come your way, don't miss them."
- Andy Wallace, Program Coordinator, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress; former Program Director, National Folk Festival
Called "one of America's great natural musical resources" by Robert Resnik of Vermont Public Radio, Grosswendt is an internationally-known interpreter of pre-war blues and other southern roots music. His performances with Susanne Salem-Schatz encompass the breadth and depth of American roots music, from classic Delta and East Coast blues to early country music to Creole and Cajun music. As a solo artist, he has shared the stage with legendary performers including Jesse Winchester, Dave Van Ronk, Tom Rush, Sonny Terry and Brownie Magee, Sam and Dave, Taj Mahal, and many others.
A vocalist and multi-instrumentalist with a mastery of numerous regional styles on guitar, mandolin, five-string banjo, and fiddle, Grosswendt began his musical career in the early 1970’s as a session player at the original Philo Records in Vermont, recording and performing with some of the leading folk singers of the time, including U Utah Phillips, Jim Ringer, Mary McCaslin, and Rosalie Sorrells. He simultaneously pursued his passion for pre-war blues and created a solo career playing the music of legendary bluesmen such as Charley Patton, Blind Blake, Robert Johnson and Blind Willie McTell. With three solo albums to his credit, his love for a good song also moves him to perform material from such modern songwriters such as Townes Van Zandt, Bobby Charles and Richard Thompson.
Salem-Schatz is a veteran of the Boston roots music scene. A life-long singer, she enjoys slipping seamlessly from soulful blues to sassy honky-tonk. The two played and sang together for three years in Honky Tonk Masquerade, a honky tonk/western swing band, before striking out as an acoustic duo two years ago. Their first CD together, Old Songs, New Hats, was released late in 2015.
Their performances as a duo caused Andy Wallace, program coordinator of the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress, to enthuse: "Martin Grosswendt and Susanne Salem-Schatz make beautiful music together. Martin is one of roots music’s best kept secrets, while Salem-Schatz complements Grosswendt’s stunning, understated instrumental work and soulful singing with rock solid rhythm, distinctive harmonies and powerful lead vocals. Together Martin and Susanne explore the highways and byways of traditional and vernacular American music in a unique and compelling way that’s all their own. If they come your way, don’t miss them.”
The historic Phippsburg Congregational Church is located at 10 Church Lane (at Parker Head Rd.) in Phippsburg. Admission at the door is $15, students $8, $12 advance tickets available at BrownPaperTickets.com (see link above). Children under eight are admitted free. Refreshments will be served. Doors open at 7:00. For more information call 389-1770.