The Martha Bassett Show

Laura Cantrell / Bombadil / Sam Farthing

Thu, Apr 18, 2024
The Reeves Theater & Cafe

Laura Cantrell

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Country singer Laura Cantrell has balanced different aspects of her music life over the course of a 20-plus years career, whether as a recording artist, radio host, writer, or working parent of a high-school aged musician. Well-known as a recording artist with a devoted following in the US and UK, and as the host of "Dark Horse Radio," a program devoted to George Harrison on SiriusXM's The Beatles Channel, or as a performer curating "States of Country," her monthly live series exploring regional diversity in country music, Cantrell has expressed her passion for country music through various platforms. This June, she returns with"Just Like A Rose: The Anniversary Sessions,"an album of original music celebrating her first 20 years of striking this balance. "Just Like A Rose" is a buoyant collection showcasing Cantrell's songcraft, sense of history, and conviction as a modern woman singing country music.

Since 2000, Cantrell has released "Not The Tremblin' Kind," "When The RosesBloom Again,""Humming By The Flowered Vine," "Kitty Wells Dresses: Songs of the Queen of Country Music,""No Way There From Here," and "The BBC Sessions." She has toured extensively in the US, UK and Ireland, and was a favorite of pioneering British DJ John Peel, who called her first album,"Not The Tremblin' Kind," "my favorite record of the last ten years, and possibly my life."Cantrell recorded several Peel Sessions for the BBC from 2000-2004 and appeared on the firstPeel Day program on Radio One commemorating the first anniversary of Peel's death.Cantrell's music has been celebrated in the press, including features in the New York Times, "O"Magazine, Elle, the Wall Street Journal, The Sunday Times of London, and Maverick Magazine.Cantrell's music has been featured on NPR's "All Things Considered," "On Point" and :"WeekendEdition" and the BBC's "Women's Hour."

She has performed on "A Prairie Home Companion," "Mountain Stage," and the "Grand Old Opry," and appeared on the television programs "LateNight With Conan O'Brien," and BBC One's "The Andrew Marr Show." She is currently the host of "Dark Horse Radio," SiriusXM's program about George Harrison that runs on The BeatlesChannel, and "States of Country" on the streaming service, GimmeCountry."Just Like A Rose" features songs Cantrell wrote in Nashville with acclaimed cowritersGaryBurr, Fred Wilhelm, and Mark Winchester, and with longtime collaborator and guitaristMarkSpencer, as well as tunes written by Amy Rigby and Joe Flood, artists Cantrell knew from the roots music scene in New York in the 1990s. The material spans Cantrell's most recent songwriting and songs she's been humming to herself since before she'd had her own band or played her own shows. "It is interesting maturing into your musical worldview, you still have songs that hit you like you're a teenager with your first crush, and others that reflect more experience and nuance, or frustration with tough realities, and then those you just love purely as music–there's a bit of it all on this album."

Learn more at https://lauracantrell.com/home

Bombadil

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Bombadil is a folk-pop trio from Durham, North Carolina. Their music is characterized by artful arrangements and hummable hooks. Their sound is diverse, sometimes resembling a less-psychedelic Sgt. Pepper-era Beatles, and at other times, a mellower Vampire Weekend. They occasionally use minimalist piano accompaniment and tender three-part harmonies. According to drummer James Phillips, Bombadil sees the recording studio as a place to try anything and transcend the limits of live performance.

Learn more at https://bombadilmusic.com

Sam Farthing

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Twenty-one year old Baltimore guitarist, composer, and educator Sam Farthing has dedicated his life to the preservation of the traditions of gypsy jazz and swing. Beginning his musical journey as a classical guitarist, Sam gravitated towards the music of Sinti swing guitarist Django Reinhardt, and began immersing himself completely in the style. 

Over the last seven years, Samuel has studied and performed with some of the world's top gypsy jazz guitarists including Stochelo and Mozes Rosenberg, Fapy Lafertin, Tchavolo and Samson Schmitt and many others. Samuel has performed in some of the world's most prestigious gypsy jazz festivals across the world including Django sur Lennon, Djangofest Northwest, Djangofest Mill Valley, Django a Gogo, Charm City Django Jazz Fest.

Learn more at https://www.samfarthingmusic.com

Season sponsored by
  • Bowen Town & Country Furniture
  • ICON
  • Mast
  • Buckeye Advisors
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  • 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