The first time John Flynn played here, I was absolutely astounded. I booked the show based on the strong recommendation of a friend, and I never got around to asking for a promotional package from his booking agent. His songs are magical–it’s amazing how well written they are, how well performed… he’s got it all. Kris Kristofferson speaks very highly of John, as does Arlo Guthrie. But you don’t need Kris and Arlo to tell you that John is one heck of a songwriter and a nice guy, you can just come and see it all for yourself.
For this show, we’ll be introducing a new performer to our series, though he’s not stranger to the people who’ve played here. Dana Cooper has been traveling the globe and touring as a songwriter since the early 1970’s. His songs have been recorded by Maura O’Connel, Susan Werner, Pierce Pettis, and many others. He’s played the main stage at many of the nation’s major folk music festivals, and even performed on Austin City Limits. I’m really looking foward to this show, and I’m sure that you’ll really enjoy this one!
The last time Al and Emily Cantrell played here at the cabin, they commented that the cabin is by far the smallest venue that they play, but it is also among their favorites. That’s a high compliment from a duo who’ve graced the silver screen, played festivals across the nation and around the world, and taught at workshops and music camps alongside legendary musical artists. Emily has a fantastic voice, and plays a mean swing rhythm guitar that conjurs visions of backing Django Reinhardt. Her voice and guitar are perfectly complimented by Al on some fantastic fiddle playing and very tasteful mandolin. We’re really lucky that they live just a few hours away and are excited to share an evening with us here in Evansville.
They’re wonderful, wild, funny and full of joyful noise. The Troubs (AimMe on guitar and Renee on accordion) are two of a kind, and two in a million. They were hanging out and playing on the streets of New Orleans in years past, but now they call a piece of land on the other side of the Hoosier National Forest their home. You could say that for the Troubadours, music is their mission, and the message is all about finding joy in life. They’ll warm up your winter and make you smile the night away. I catch their show whenever I can, and it’s a real treat to be able to share them with you here at the cabin (for the record, I’ve been made an honorary troub, and I just may sit in on a tune or two.