The Spirit of Guthrie Tour will feature very special evenings of words and music inspired by the ideals and newly discovered poems and notebooks of Woody Guthrie.
This rare collaboration features Vince Herman of Leftover Salmon, award-winning bassist Rob Wasserman, and legendary singer-songwriter Jim Page, each in solo performance and as well as all together.
Vince Herman by Susan J. Weiand
Vince Herman and Jim Page will improvise lyrics together, Rob Wasserman will perform a handful of his solo bass songs first heard on his Rounder Records three-disc release TRILOGY, and as a trio, they will debut new songs inspired by and featuring the unpublished words of Woody Guthrie.
Vince, Rob, and Jim are honored to have celebrated New Orleans-based singer/songwriter Theresa Andersson join them for The Spirit of Guthrie Tour '05. Theresa will open each performance, as well as collaborate with the three during their sets.
The Spirit of Guthrie Tour: Spring 2005 tour dates are as follows:
March 18 | Burlington, VT | Club Metronome
March 20 | Boston, MA | Middle East Nightclub
March 22 | New York, NY | Tribeca
March 23 | Philadelphia, PA | North Star Bar
March 24 | Farmingdale, NY | The Downtown
March 25 | Teanack, NJ | Mexicali Blues
March 26 | Amagansett, NY | Stephen Talkhouse
March 28 | Baltimore, MD | Funk Box
March 29 | Falls Church, VA | State Theatre
March 30 | Raleigh, NC | The Pour House Music Hall
March 31 | Charlotte, NC | Neighborhood Theatre
April 01 | Asheville, NC | Stella Blue
April 02 | Atlanta, GA | Brandy House
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 3,'04) 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
Sassy and spirited songbird Theresa Andersson has earned a cream-of-the-crop reputation, a best among the best, in her hometown of New Orleans. Andersson has been a standout in live performance for over a decade; her fiery fiddle playing complimented then-beau Anders Osborne for many years before she broke out on her own. Theresa's recent studio release SHINE (Basin Street Records) highlights her songwriting style and is testament to her well-rounded skills. SHINE showed up this December on Offbeat Magazine's "Top 50 albums of 2004"; it's an album that garnered Andersson quite a bit of attention and opportunity throughout the year. In addition to multiple accolades from her home town of New Orleans (Andersson was the top selling artist at the Jazz and Heritage Festival music store and was recently voted Best Rock Band by the Gambit Weekly), the Swedish-born musician toured non-stop throughout the U.S and recently performed at London's Wembley Stadium for the prestigious Fender Stratocaster 50th Anniversary Celebration. 2004 also marked Andersson's film debut, with a performance in the Lifetime network original movie "Infidelity," and then a cameo appearance in "The Brooke Ellison Story," an A&E cable TV movie directed by Christopher Reeve. Along with the cameo performance, The Brooke Ellison Story featured Andersson's song "It's Gonna Be OK" (which was co-written by X-beau and bandmate Anders Osborne). Look for Theresa in a cameo appearance and soundtrack performance in the feature film "A Love Song for Bobby Long," featuring John Travolta and Scarlett Johansson, in theaters now. www.theresaandersson.com
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