"I think the bottom of the barrel is where the answers are."—Fred Eaglesmith
Fred Eaglesmith is Ontario's roots-country original! There are other songwriters who populate their creations with small-time crooks, small-town loners, and working-class heroes. But Fred Eaglesmith's songs stand out for their edge of desperation and their raucous yet bemused humor—and for the incredible energy and on-the-edge quality of his live shows. Circulating on tour from his Ontario farm, Fred harks back to an earlier era of roots music with his raw, driving country soul. Best of all, Fred is coming to town with a new album, "6 Volts." The title and the music draw on the spirit of the era when the transistor radio generation keyed into the electricity of fusing rock’n’roll with country and Southern roots. We've recently heard Fred solo at The Ark, and now it's time for a show with his band the Traveling Steam Show, which has lately jelled as a unit to a degree reminiscent of his great band of yore, the Flying Squirrels. Tif Ginn of the Ginn Sisters opens!