The Songwriter Showcase – In the round

Feb 18, 2011 |  0 comments
Date: Feb 18, 2011 Time: 
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Featuring some of our favorite performers from the Tuesday Showdown – enjoy great originals in this “Homegrown” showcase. On board to entertain you are Carter Redd, Doug Henninger, Victor Gottlieb, and James Lester.

James Lester grew up in Halifax County, VA where he absorbed all of the things one absorbs when growing up in a small town in the South.  He taught himself to play the guitar at age 12 and began composing songs soon thereafter.  Later, he gained a formal musical education at Musicians Institute in Los Angeles. His songs echo the folk tradition of Woody Guthrie, Hank Williams and Mississippi John Hurt while focusing on personal introspections as well as the issues of America in the 21st century. 

Carter Redd was born, raised and lives in Beaver Dam, Virginia.  He began making up songs for steel-string guitar and voice in 1966 off and on and is still at it.  His songs range from Country to New Age Folk.  They are not currently availble other than live.

Doug Henninger grew up in the true home of country music (Bristol, TN) in a musical family. Having played guitar since teenage years, he writes,plays guitar and sings songs in different musical styles. His songs draw on true experiences of life in upper east Tennessee and the atmosphere of the Tennesse mountains and rivers. Doug has created several songs in a new genre called ‘dog songs’, which are anthems to the unique relationship of trust and affection between dogs and humans. An example is “Earthly Angels”, the title song for the CD recording of the same name. It is available at Napster and CDBaby as  “Earthly Angels and Other Love Songs”.

Victor Gottlieb has been a creative dynamo in the Richmond area for many years. He still has a legion of fans from his “You’re Very Richmond If” contest days – a creative contest about topics associated with Richmond. (Style Weekly published so many of his wry entries that frustrated contestants began to send in entries about Victor). He was awarded an honorable mention in the first Style weekly Cartoon Issue, although he claims he can’t draw – making the honorable mention all the more noteworthy. Victor’s real passion, though, is song writing and acoustic guitar. His guitar playing is legend in the Richmond area. He is known for “sitting in”, unrehearsed, with country and folk bands, combining finger picking and flat picking on his thin-neck classical guitar. His song, “Ashland Coffee and Tea” conveys the love that we all have for this venue. Don’t miss your chance to sing along with Victor: 

                        “Ashland Coffee and Tea – That’s where you’ll find me.

                        Cappuccino in my hand, while I listen to the band”……

Tickets are $5 at the door

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