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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Warning: May Cause Toe-Tapping.

by Kim Thomas

It’s always an adventure to visit the Kentucky Theatre on Monday nights in Lexington. WoodSongs Old-TIme Radio Hour is broadcast live via the worldwide web and heard around the globe each week. Once again, this Monday, host Michael Johnathon presents two musical artists who both seem to appreciate old-time music from standards and jazz to blues.

SAMUEL JAMES is a young master of fingerstyle, slide, banjo, harmonica, and piano and is not yet out of his twenties. With musical influences ranging from Skip James and Sonny Terry to Gus Cannon and Charley Patton, such understanding of pre-war blues is rarely embodied in the music of one person. His songwriting is absolutely unparalleled in contemporary blues. His second CD and debut for NorthernBlues Music entitled Songs Famed for Sorrow and Joy is available

SHOUT SISTER SHOUT is an old-time jazz unit, formed by Boston Music Award Winner Rachel Davis and roots band Steppin' In It through a common love of 30s & 40s jazz standards. The summer of 2006 found the two acts working at the same festivals, which led to joining each other for a classic tune by Nat King Cole or Billie Holiday during their respective sets. By mid summer, the quintet was dubbed 'Shout Sister Shout' and an album was in the works. Their debut self-titled CD was just released on MC Records and is full of timeless old-time American Jazz featuring torch swing numbers alongside bluesy ballads.

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