The Martha Bassett Show

Heather Pierson Duo / Jeff Black / Emily Stewart

Thu, Mar 21, 2024
The Reeves Theater & Cafe

Heather Pierson Duo


Heather Pierson is a pianist, singer/songwriter, songleader, and performer with a passion for cultivating joy, both onstage and off. Her uplifting live performances with her bassist/partner Shawn Nadeau delve into New Orleans jazz, blues, and folk. Best known for her ease at the piano and her bell-­tone vocals, Heather’s songs embody honesty, playfulness, and a desire to share from the heart. From the delta to the mountains and back again, this duo’s performances take listeners’ ears and hearts on a journey with their conversational style of musicianship, speaking the language of music with ease and wit.

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Jeff Black


Boston's WUMB listeners voted Jeff Black as one of the top 100 most important Folk artists of the last 25 years. Black's songs have earned GRAMMY recognition, radio chart-topping stats and numerous BMI awards. Although flying below the radar as a performer himself, he has been recognized by NPR as a musical pioneer in the digital age. His flagship podcast "Black Tuesdays" circa 2005-2007 are classic imprints on the format and his catalogue of critically acclaimed albums continues to grow. Composing music for film and television, his credits include numerous indie-film soundtracks and a repertoire of songs cut by artists as diverse as Alison Krauss & Union Station, Waylon Jennings, BlackHawk, Dierks Bentley, Jon Randall, John Oates, Jerry Douglas and Sam Bush. Black has forged a reputation as a true folk troubadour entertaining audiences globally for over three decades. A master songwriter and performer in the tradition of the great storytellers, his passionate, soul driven live performances of songs from his vast catalog are not to be missed.

"A Walk In The Sun" features Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Dave Roe (Johnny Cash, Jake Bugg), Jerry Roe (Alison Krauss), Kenny Vaughan (Lucinda Williams, Marty Stuart). Produced by Jeff Black, mixed by Dave Sinko (Chris Thile, Punch Brothers).

20th Century Recordings is the remastered collection of Black’s famed original demos, bootleg cassettes of which created formidable buzz within the early ‘90s Nashville music community. It was this collection of now-iconic tracks like ‘Carnival Song’, ‘They’re Gonna Miss Me When I’m Gone’ and ‘Just About Right’ – which would become a #1 country hit for Blackhawk – that secured Jeff’s signing to Arista Records for 1998’s Birmingham Road album that launched his career. 20th Century was originally recorded and has been newly mixed by two-time Grammy winner Dave Sinko, known for his work with Trisha Yearwood, Don Williams and Punch Brothers.

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Emily Stewart


Emily Stewart plays original songs rooted in the folk, country and blues traditions of the deep South. She first found her voice in a south Alabama church pew as a child, and her vocal style today harkens back to the Southern sirens of old. Her lyrics and melodies, on the other hand, channel the strength of Odetta, the twang of Kitty Wells and the softness of Loretta Lynn.

Based in Greensboro, North Carolina, she has ventured outside her solo project over the years to provide vocals, banjo, guitar, dulcimer, honkelulu and songwriting for other bands, including Magpie Thief, The Secret Admirers, The Grand Ole Uproar, Pete Pawsey, Matty Sheets & The Blockheads and Our Horse Jethro. 

She is currently working on a forthcoming album, Blessing Hearts and Taking Names, a compassionate series of vignettes and stories about everyday people, highlighting their wildest circumstances and fiercest emotions.

- Stay Thirsty Magazine

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Season sponsored by
  • Bowen Town & Country Furniture
  • ICON
  • Mast
  • Buckeye Advisors
  • Sponsor
  • Atrium Health - Wake Forest Baptist
  • Explore Elkin
  • G&B Energy
In partnership with
  • Lowes Foods
  • Piedmont Opera
  • The Carolina Experience
  • Arts Council of Winston-Salem & Forsyth County
  • Reeves Theater
  • Historic Elkin
  • WFDD
  • ElectroMagnetic Radiation Recorders