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Art Show and Blues Concert with Blues Guitarist SAMUEL JAMES

Samuel James by Jon_ReeceAt the Columbia Arts Center Galleries

Private showing of “Beyond the Blues” art show, featuring art inspired by or reflecting African American music and culture

“Samuel James is wildly individualistic…a powerhouse of intensity…a man that packs ferocity in his virtuosity in what is unabashedly deep roots, old time, ‘I play the country blues and I play it mean, in my kind of way.'”  TheCountryBlues.com
“So much energy for each pick, slide, strum and foot stomp that it seems impossible for one man to accomplish” What’s Up! Magazine

Samuel James is in a class by himself. With a voice of grit and gravel, roots musician Samuel James sings with an authenticity lost in time. A modern guitar master, James’ skill has a depth and range that seems impossible for a man with only two hands. Among the most creative guitar players performing today, this blues-based singer/songwriter has dazzled audiences around the world for the better part of a decade. A mixture of Charlie Patton, Preston Reed, Bill Withers and Townes Van Zandt, Samuel James will have you stomping your feet, wondering how he’s getting all those sounds out of one guitar, remembering old heartbreaks and falling in love all over again. James was born the last in a long line of performers including dancers, storytellers, choir singers, porch-stomping guitar thumpers, and a session-jazz pianist dating back to the 1890s. Samuel has recorded a critically acclaimed trilogy of albums, “Songs Famed for Sorrow and Joy” (2008), “For Rosa, Maeve and Noreen” (2009), and “For the Dark Road Ahead” (2012). Samuel has received standing ovations for his performances from Maine to California as well as Canada, England, Ireland, Wales, Scotland Germany, France, Portugal, Spain, Norway, Belgium, Poland, Romania, Russia and Turkey.

The Columbia Arts Center

Columbia Art Center has been a functioning arts school since 1983. It is dedicated to providing artistic experiences in the visual arts for all ages and interest levels and to join with local arts organizations and community businesses in creating diverse offerings.

Columbia Art Center
Saturday, February 6, Private showing at 6:00, Concert from 7:00-8:30pm


Columbia Art Center
6100 Foreland Garth,
Columbia, MD 21045