Library Coffeehouse: Martin Grosswendt and Susanne Salem-Schatz
CAMDEN — The Camden Public Library is pleased to present the duo Martin Grosswendt and Susanne Salem-Schatz for the Library Coffeehouse on Thursday, Feb. 2, at 7 p.m. Admission is $10 at the door. Come beat the winter chill with some fabulously fun music; doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Start with two compelling voices, an uncanny sense of harmony and a deep grounding in traditional American music. Add in stunning guitar work and a warm, intimate performance style, and what do you get? Grosswendt and Salem-Schatz. Grosswendt is internationally known as an interpreter of prewar blues and other roots music. Salem-Schatz slips into any genre and makes it her own; soulful blues singer one minute, sassy honky-tonk gal the next. Together they show a deep love and respect for the roots of classic blues, old time, early country, and honky-tonk. At the same time, they make the music their own, presenting it with style, grace and wit. Their performances have delighted and amazed audiences from Maine to Virginia.
Grosswendt started his career recording with and accompanying legendary folk musicians such as U Utah Phillips, Rosalie Sorrels, and Jim Ringer and Mary McCaslin. Salem-Schatz is a veteran of the Boston roots music scene. Together they played and sang together for three years in Honky Tonk Masquerade, a rockin' honky tonk/western swing band, before striking out as an acoustic duo two years ago. Their first CD together, Old Songs, New Hats, was released late in 2015.
"Martin is one of roots music's best kept secrets, while Salem-Schatz complements Grosswendt's stunning, understated instrumental work and soulful singing with rock solid rhythm, distinctive harmonies and powerful lead vocals. Together Martin and Susanne explore the highways and byways of traditional and vernacular American music in a unique and compelling way that's all their own. If they come your way, don't miss them." – Andy Wallace, program director for the National Folk Festival and program coordinator for the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.