A Michigan roots and blues double bill
Laurel Premo and Michael Beauchamp of Red Tail Ring create lush, intricate arrangements of original folk music and traditional ballads with banjo, fiddle, guitar, and close harmonies. American Roots UK hails them as "the very best of the 21st century’s minimalist and highly original folk music ... a peerless duo." Their latest, "Fall Away Blues," features new songwriting fused with old-time and country blues themes, tackling topical subjects such as gun violence and environmentalism as well as age-old questions of place and love. Red Tail Ring "doesn’t just pay homage to vintage folk and roots music: The Kalamazoo duo breathes new life into it, channeling the power and charm of seminal material into its own original songs," says west Michigan critic John Sinkevics.
Shari Kane and Dave Steele first met in the summer of 1991, crossing paths as performing blues musicians: Shari was the partner of harmonica legend, Madcat Ruth (Madcat & Kane), while Dave was leading the electric blues band Big Dave and the Ultrasonics. Friends, neighbors, fellow musicians and fans have asked over the years, "When are you two going to start playing together?" The truth is, they've been playing together since their first date. In many ways their playing has developed side by side, listening to and learning from great acoustic blues guitarists from the past. As an acoustic blues duo, Shari and Dave throw a four-handed guitar party of original and time-honored blues, gospel, swing and ragtime. Steeped in Dave’s smoky vocals, percussive rhythm, and innovative lead lines, and Shari’s crisp picking style, rootsy leads, and stinging slidework, their music has been described as "street swing and stomp blues"—like a testament to sounds once heard on the streets of Harlem, the juke joints of Mississippi, or from the jug bands of Memphis.