Acoustic Routes Concerts and Mangiamo Italian Grill announced that Saline High School Choir Teacher Sarah Price will be joining some of Southeast Michigan’s top folk and blues musicians on March 5 for Docabilly – a concert celebrating American roots music pioneer and seven-time Grammy winner Doc Watson.
“Doc Watson, Merle Travis and Chet Atkins are the three preeminent folk and country guitar players of the 20th Century, but Doc wasn’t a purist. He played and sang the blues, jazz, bluegrass and gospel too,” said Jim Cain, founder of Acoustic Routes. “For Docabilly, we have invited musicians from across the region to mine his catalog and pick the songs they love the best.”
In addition to Price (http://www.sarahpricemusic.com) who recently SarahTonin, her first CD, other acoustic blues powerhouse duo Shari Kane & Dave Steele (http://sharianddaveblues.com) will perform, along with Dobro master Dave Keeney & Friends, Rollie Tussing & The Midwest Territory Band (http://rollietussing.com) and Jo Serrapere (http://www.joserrapere.com). Each artist will perform 5-6 songs.
Watson, who was born in the mountains of western North Carolina and became blind as an infant, came to national prominence in the early 1960s at seminal events like the Newport Folk Festival. Bob Dylan once compared Watson’s guitar picking style to “water running.” In 1997, President Bill Clinton presented him with the National Medal of Arts at the White House. Click here to see Doc in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8Y6dp3l1BU and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6VAbrnjdtYw]
Docabilly will be held upstairs at Mangiamo Italian Grill, 107 W. Michigan Ave., Saline, on Saturday, March 5 at 8 p.m. – two days after what would have been Watson’s 93rd birthday. The cover change is $15 at the door, with all proceeds going to the musicians. Reservations are highly recommended: call 734-429-0060. Full bar & dinner service available.