Mississippi Delta blues at Sail, Power & Steam

Jul 06, 2018
“Poor Howard” Stith

Rockland — A special Rockland Folk Arts concert will dovetail with blues festival weekend, as acoustic blues guitarist and singer “Poor Howard” Stith performs Friday, July 13, at 7:30 p.m. at the Sail, Power & Steam Museum, 75 Mechanic St.

Originally from Minnesota and now a resident of New Hampshire, Poor Howard has toured the world proving that Delta blues can thrive at both ends of the mighty Mississippi. He has been performing barrelhouse blues for more than 40 years, perfecting his guitar style as a student of Dave "Snaker" Ray in Minneapolis. He draws his blues style (and moniker) from the tradition of Huddie “Leadbelly” Ledbetter and “Blind Willy” McTell, incorporating a powerful bass line along with flashy fingerpicking.

Over the years, Poor Howard has performed across the United States, Europe and Japan, entertaining audiences in coffeehouses, bars and at festivals with his dazzling six- and 12-string guitar, heartfelt voice and seemingly endless supply of anecdotes, puns and shaggy dog stories.

Admission is $15, $12 for museum members, at the door (cash/checks only). Doors open at 7 p.m. Plenty of free parking is available at the museum. Concert details can be found on the Rockland Folk Arts Facebook page.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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