$10 admission - all ages show
Born and raised in Wythe County in southwest Virginia, Sam Gleaves performs innovative mountain music with a sense of history. Under the direction of local teacher and barber Jim Lloyd, Sam took up stringband instruments as a teenager, including the banjo, guitar, fiddle, autoharp and dulcimer. With his mentor ballad singer Sheila Kay Adams, Sam found his voice and fell in love with the mountain love songs, which he carries into his generation with pride. Sam’s performances combine traditional Appalachian ballads, dance tunes, original songs and the stories that surround the music. Sam writes new songs in the Appalachian tradition, telling stories about love, the home place, working people and present social issues in the mountains. Sam’s music has been featured by National Public Radio, Kentucky Educational Television, West Virginia Public Radio, Appalshop’s WMMT FM, KEXP, Exclaim!, The Windy City Times, The Bitter Southerner and Still Journal.
Steven started his musical journey at the early age of seven by studying accordion and organ. His father, a professional guitarist and vocalist, influenced Steven to study electric bass and voice. During his teens, he studied voice with the great bass baritone, Ron Nadeau. At nineteen, Steven graduated from the Modern School of Music, and freelanced as a bassist in Boston's jazz scene. Growing up in Fall River, MA he explored the tidal marshes of the bay and experienced the changes in the city as the textile industry closed down. For the past several decades, Steven has written hundreds of songs, and has performed across the country. He is also an accomplished, finger style guitarist and fine vocalist.