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Joan Shelley and Jake Xerxes Fussell

October 29, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Joan Shelley and Jake Xerxes Fussell

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.

Stage Door Theater
155 N College St.
Charlotte, NC 28202

Tickets: $20 plus

Joan Shelley is a songwriter and singer who lives near Louisville, Ky., not far from where she grew up. She draws inspiration from traditional and traditionally-minded performers from her native Kentucky, as well as those from Ireland, Scotland, and England, but she’s not a folksinger. Her disposition aligns more closely with that of, say, Roger Miller, Dolly Parton, or her fellow Kentuckian Tom T. Hall, who once explained—simply, succinctly, in a song—“I Witness Life.”

Jake Xerxes Fussell

Durham, North Carolina singer and guitarist Jake Xerxes Fussell (yes, that’s his real middle name, after Georgia potter D.X. Gordy) grew up in Columbus, Georgia, son of Fred C. Fussell, a folklorist, curator, and photographer who hails from across the river in Phenix City, Alabama (once known as “The Wickedest City in America” for its rampant vice, corruption, and crime.) Fred’s fieldwork took him, often with young Jake in tow, across the Southeast documenting traditional vernacular culture, which included recording blues and old-time musicians with fellow folklorists and recordists George Mitchell and Art Rosenbaum (which led Jake to music) and collaborating with American Indian artists (which led Jake eventually to his graduate research on Choctaw fiddlers.)

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Date:
October 29, 2019
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7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Stage Door Theater
155 N College St.
Charlotte , NC 28202 United States