‘Old Times’ opens Library Coffeehouse
Camden — Dave Peloquin and Bob Webb will bring legendary music to the downtown Camden Library Coffeehouse Thursday evening, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m., as part of the town’s America’s Music celebration. Admission will be $7 at the door.
The two Maine-based musicians have returned to antique 78 rpm phonograph records from the period 1927 to 1953 to prepare a concert program about the commercial origins of country western and folk music. Their evening, dubbed Sounds Like Old Times: Rural American Voices, draws from the legendary performers of radio and recording including the “Blue Yodeller” Jimmie Rodgers, the Delmore Brothers, the Carter Family, Hank Williams and various string bands that provided entertainment from the Southern Appalachians to the plains of Texas and Oklahoma.
Peloquin and Webb feature songs by the “Dust Bowl Balladeer” Woody Guthrie and the duo tips the cap to performers who influenced them when they began playing in the 1960s, among them the late Doc Watson, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, the New Lost City Ramblers and bluesmen Brownie McGhee and Sam Chatmon.
Peloquin’s clear tenor voice and Webb’s strong baritone are accompanied with guitars, five-string banjo, mandola and harmonica.
“We’re singing folk songs, really,” Webb said. “After World War II, the country western and folk genres became commercialized and standardized. Our music owes to the earlier decades, when singers and musicians tried everything from traditional ballads to orchestral music in order to sell the newfangled phonographs.
During the 1920s and ‘30s, recordings were a popular new medium, much like electronic music today, he said. the duo’s CD is titled “Sounds Like Old Times.”
America’s Music is a collaboration of the Town of Camden, Bay Chamber Concerts, and the Camden Public Library and includes a film series as well as the Feb. 7 Library Coffeehouse concert. The free film program features documentary film screenings and dynamic conversation exploring 20th-century American popular music led by well-known local musician Glenn Jenks Sunday afternoons at the Camden library. The remaining schedule is: Jan. 27, Swing Jazz; Feb. 3, Bluegrass and Country Music; Feb. 10, Rock; and Feb. 17, From Mambo to Hip Hop. The sessions meet at 3 p.m.
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