‘Poor Howard’ Stith to perform at Sail, Power & Steam Museum Friday, July 13
ROCKLAND — Ready for the Blues Festival? Get in the spirit with a special Rockland Folk Arts concert by acoustic blues guitarist and singer "Poor Howard" Stith at the Sail, Power and Steam Museum on Friday, July 13 at 7:30 p.m.
Originally from Minnesota and now a resident of New Hampshire, Poor Howard has toured the world proving that Delta Blues can thrive at both ends of the mighty Mississippi.
Stith has been performing barrelhouse blues for over 40 years, perfecting his guitar style as a student of Dave "Snaker" Ray in Minneapolis. He draws his blues style (and the moniker "Poor Howard") from the tradition of Huddie Ledbetter (Leadbelly) and Blind Willy McTell, incorporating a powerful bass line along with flashy finger-picking.
Over the years, Poor Howard has performed across the U.S., Europe and Japan, entertaining audiences in coffeehouses, bars and at festivals with his six-string and 12-string guitars, heartfelt voice, and colorful anecdotes, puns and shaggy dog stories. He has shared the stage with such notable blues performers as John Jackson, Archie Edwards and Peg Leg Sam.
According to The Boston Globe music critic Scott Alarik, "Poor Howard's 12-string guitar has the solid, propulsive groove of a steady-moving freight train; and he has the uncanny way of singing classic blues tunes as if their hard-luck stories were happening today. In his care, old songs never seem old, but timeless, personal, pulsing with knowable human emotions. His own songs nestle beside them as if they grew up together."
Rockland Folk Arts is an all-volunteer collaborative dedicated to presenting live folk music in Midcoast Maine. The Sail, Power, and Steam Museum is a tax-exempt, 501 (c)(3) educational organization. This concert is part of a collaborative series between the two organizations hosted at the museum.
Admission is $15 ($12 for members of the museum) at the door. Cash or check only, please. Doors open at 7 p.m. Plenty of free parking is available at the museum, which is located at 75 Mechanic St., Rockland. Concert details can be found at http://www.facebook.com/RocklandFolkArts.