|Time & Place|
|Saturday, April 16, 2011 @ 7:00 pm
4100 Virginia Beach Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
|Seniors, Military & Students w/ID||$15|
|Children 7–17 w/paying adult||1/2 price|
|Children under 7||free|
Two of the countries finest songwriters, Bob Martin and Mitch Barrett come together for a full day of performance with a songwriting workshop and an evening concert.
Note: This concert is the same day as the Songwriting Workshop. All Workshop attendees are entitled to $5.00 off the concert ticket price.
Mitch Barrett is one of Kentucky's most sought-after and talented singer songwriter sons. His approach to lyrical storytelling is true 'Americana', rooted in authentic experience, not just a record label's genre. Mitch's music draws from his Appalachian heritage and the values it instilled: agrarian work ethic, simple living, the importance of family and celebrating the joys and the struggles of everyday life through music and song.
A keen life observer and riveting performer, Mitch Barrett deftly laces thought-provoking subject matter with a satirist's sense of wit and irony. Whether he's leading a workshop, headlining a Performing Arts Center, or playing a large festival, Mitch takes his audience on an engaging journey, channeling the inner voice of a truck-stop waitress, a mountain boy seeking spirituality or a socially and environmentally-charged activist.
Mitch's rendition of Shady Grove was featured on the CD "APPALACHIA: A HISTORY OF MOUNTAINS AND PEOPLE". Academy Award winning actress Sissy Spacek narrates the four-part PBS series.
- WINNER — Telluride Troubadour 2009
- WINNER — The Folk's Festival Songwriting Competition
- WINNER — The Merlefest "Chris Austin" Songwriting Competition (twice awarded)
- WINNER — The Kerrville "New Folk" Competition.
- FINALIST — Noel Paul Stooky's Music2Life (twice awarded)
- FINALIST — Mid-Atlantic Songwriting Competition — Honorable Mention
Bob Martin emerged from the same New England city as Jack Kerouac, Martin was heavily influenced by the beat poet's writing and career. It was in 1972, fifteen years after Kerouac's On the Road was published, that Bob Martin made his first album Midwest Farm Disaster for RCA Records in Nashville. He worked closely with Chet Atkins, an executive at RCA at the time and many exceptional studio musicians including drummer Kenneth Buttrey, a key player on Bob Dylan's Blonde on Blonde album. Due to personnel changes at the label and the onset of disco, Martin's career was not given priority.
In 1974, he "dropped out" of pop culture and moved to a farm in West Virginia with his family. He continued to write songs, poetry, novels and pursued his muse through various artistic endeavors. In 1982, he recorded his second album, Last Chance Rider for June Appal Recordings of Whitesburg, KY. The record was recognized as one of the top three folk albums in the country by the National Association of Independent Record Distributors. Martin however chose to play music on his own terms and didn't pursue the music business as a way of life. It was another ten years, until the release of his third album in 1997. Thisalbum, The River Turns the Wheel, contained backing vocals by Bill Morrissey and Cormac McCarthy and was on Martin's own label, Riversong Records. This may be considered Bob Martin's most commercially successful album to date. Despite his passivity toward the music biz, "The River Turns The Wheel" was noticed by music critics around the country. The CD reached number sixteen on the Gavin Americana Chart and was chosen one of the top ten albums in 1997 by Brad Kava of The San Jose Mercury News. Dave Perry of The Lowell Sun chose it as the best folk album of 1997 and Tom Flannery of The Electric City News also picked it as the best CD of that year. He toured nationally and opened for Merle Haggard in 1999.
Martin didn't wait quite so long to release his fourth album. "Next To Nothin" was put out on Riversong Records in 2000, and received more rave critical reviews and extensive airplay on Americana radio programs around the country.
In 2006 Martin completed his first non-fiction novel and he continues to perform nationally and internationally.
Opening: Paul Norfleet
Full time singer/songwriter Paul Norfleet is a local favorite. He is a familiar face to almost every open mic in Hampton Roads, Virginia and has won many awards including the Sea Level Singer/Songwriter Competition and the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. His debut acoustic album Welcome to My House is now available on iTunes and he can often be seen playing local venues on any given night.