SPIRIT OF GUTHRIE TOUR
Featuring: Vince Herman, Rob Wasserman & Jim Page
On Tour Together For The First Time
The Spirit of Guthrie Tour will feature sixteen very special evenings of words and music, inspired by the ideals and newly discovered poems and notebooks, of Woody Guthrie.
This rare, first-time collaboration will feature Vince Herman, lead singer of Leftover Salmon, award-winning bassist Rob Wasserman, and legendary singer-songwriter Jim Page, each in solo performance and also all together.
Vince and Jim will improvise lyrics together, Rob will perform solo bass songs from his new Rounder Records release TRILOGY, and as a trio, they will debut their own newly written songs, inspired by and featuring, the unpublished words of Woody Guthrie.
The tour is presented in association with HeadCount, non-profit advocates for voter registration and turnout.
THE SPIRIT OF GUTHRIE TOUR: OCTOBER 2004
7 - The Coach House, San Juan Capistrano CA
8 - Winstons, San Diego CA
9 - Great American Music Hall, San Francisco CA
10 - Last Day Saloon, Santa Rosa CA
11 - Sweetwater, Mill Valley CA
12 - Mazzotti's, Arcata CA
13 - The Grove, Bend OR
14 - Lola's, Portland OR
15 - WOW Hall, Eugene OR
16 - Tractor Tavern, Seattle WA
19 - Diamond Circle Theatre, Durango CO
20 - Sheridan Opera House, Telluride CO
21 - Sandbar, Vail CO
22 - Aggie Theatre, Fort Collins CO
23 - Trilogy, Boulder CO
24 - Trilogy, Boulder CO
Vince Herman has been playing music as long as he can remember. Growing up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, polka filled his ears at an early age, along with Motown, Soul and Rock 'n Roll. He discovered string band music in 1977 and Vince has been chasing it around ever since. After moving from West Virginia to Colorado in 1985, Vince played in the Left Hand String Band and the Salmonheads, before starting Leftover Salmon with Drew Emmitt in 1990. Vince has the unique ability to play nearly any song you could possibly request on guitar and if he doesn't know the lyrics he will spontaneously combine rhyming lines that are as good and sometimes funnier than the original tune. His genuine love for music and people has awakened many a festavarian across our nation. Vince has lived above 8,000 feet for over 15 years and is the proud father of two boys, ages 9 and 17. He loves his wife and talking politics into the early morning hours. www.vinceherman.com.
Rob Wasserman's greatest musical joy and challenge is the art of collaboration. He's put that ability to the test in a variety of contexts over the years, most notably on a series of three award-winning albums—SOLO, DUETS and TRIOS—all of which have just been released (August 2004) by Rounder Records as a boxed set called TRILOGY. They feature Rob and his various basses on originally written collaborations with Neil Young, Jerry Garcia, Les Claypool, Rickie Lee Jones, Elvis Costello, Willie Dixon, Stephane Grappelli and Brian Wilson among numerous others. Over the years Rob has also collaborated with Lou Reed, The Mark Morris Dance Group, and Bob Weir—first as a partner in the duo Weir/Wasserman, and then later in the band they founded together, RatDog. Rob is currently collaborating with the Woody Guthrie Foundation and Archive and producer Hal Willner, on an album of unreleased Woody Guthrie lyrics and poems—all interpreted by Rob and his bass, along with Ani di Franco, Lou Reed, Studs Terkel, DJ Logic, Michael Franti and others. This project will be released in spring 2005. www.robwasserman.com.
Jim Page has been writing and singing songs professionally for over 30 years. Originally from the California Bay Area he wound up in Seattle by way of New York City in the early seventies. Soon after hitting Seattle Jim led the movement to successfully legalize street singing in 1974 and honed his skills in lyrical improvisation. Jim tours up and down the West coast three times a year and makes annual tours to parts of the East Coast and Ireland. Jim has shared the stage with such notables as Bonnie Raitt; Donal Lunny; John Trudell; Michael Hedges; Martin Carthy; Sonny Terry and Brownie McGee; U. Utah Phillips; Michelle Shocked; Joan Baez and to name a few. Jim has been featured on numerous compilations including the Grammy nominated The Best of Broadside produced by Smithsonian Folkways. Currently, Jim is part of the Experience Music Project Workshop Series and is often featured on nationally syndicated radio shows including Amy Goodman's Democracy Now, Backtracks, and Riverfolk. Jim's career and choices have not followed the traditional path of the most musicians. His work and his professional journey are prompted by the people and the causes he encounters. But in his eyes, his priorities are straight. Jim's work shines with sincerity and immediacy that can only be found outside of the mainstream industry – Jim is one of a kind. www.jimpage.net.
HeadCount is a 501c3 non-partisan, volunteer-run organization devoted to voter registration and turnout. It is aligned with all of the top performers in improvisational music, including The Dead, Phish and Dave Matthews Band, and registers voters at their concerts. Its board of directors includes Vince Herman, Bob Weir of The Dead, and other leading promoters, artist managers and musicians. www.headcount.org.
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