JIM KWESKIN AND ROY BOOK BINDER

February 17, Saturday, Sarasota, JIM KWESKIN AND ROY BOOK BINDER, Fogartyville, 525 Kumquat Ct, Sarasota, 8pm,  $20 adv/$25 door, http://www.wslr.org  http://www.sarasotapeacenter.org/

Location Fogartyville
525 Kumquat Ct
Sarasota
FL
34236
US
941-545-5635.
http://www.sarasotapeacenter.org/
Jim Kweskin is probably best known as a singer and bandleader. He also created one of the bedrock guitar styles of the folk revival, adapting the ragtime-blues fingerpicking of artists like Blind Boy Fuller to the more complex chords of pop and jazz. He has maintained a remarkably consistent musical vision since his jug band days, continuing to explore traditional folk and blues with the sophisticated sensibility of a jazz musician and jazz with the communal simplicity of a folk artist. He has recorded solo ventures, as a member of the U and I band, and with U and I bandmate Samoa Wilson, and continues to perform widely in various formats. In recent years he and Geoff Muldaur have often appeared as a duo, revisiting and expanding on their Jug Band repertoire.

Musically, Roy Book Binder is equally difficult to fence in or categorize. His eclectic repertoire includes blues, country tunes, bluegrass, folk, and popular songs that originated on Tin Pan Alley. He fantasizes that if he had been born 50 years earlier, he would have become a minstrel man. One of his musical heros, Dave Van Ronk, once described himself to me as a songster. That title might suit Roy as well, his music, a reflection of his long musical journey through the rich American cultural landscape of the last half of the 20th Century. He plays and he entertains, feeding us music and stories, and the evening is a celebration for us all.