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Blues guitarist to play Fifth Fridays

Catfish Keith also offering guitar workshop at Lincoln

FRANKLIN GROVE –  Fifth Fridays has landed a big ’un!

Nationally and internationally known blues guitarist Catfish Keith will put on two shows, at 7 and 9 p.m., May 31 at the historic H.I. Lincoln Building, 136 N. Elm St.

He’s also putting on a guitar workshop from 10 a.m. to noon June 1 at the Lincoln.

Tickets for the show are $10 and are available from Lynn Asp, 815-456-3030, or at the door, but seating is limited and the tickets likely will go quickly, organizers say.

Cost of the workshop is $20.

This cutting-edge blues singer, songwriter and bottleneck slide guitarist has established himself as one of the most exciting country blues performers of our time.

According to the news release announcing his arrival:

Catfish’s innovative style of foot-stomping, deep Delta blues and American roots music has captivated audiences the world over.

He has reinvented the guitar with great power and artistry, and brings a rare beauty and vitality to his music.

Handing down the tradition, Catfish continues his lifelong journey as one of the brightest lights in acoustic blues and roots music. 

He has plenty of accolades to back up those claims: A two-time W. C. Handy Blues Award nominee for Best Acoustic Blues Album and 2008 inductee into the Blues Hall of Fame, Catfish has 14 No. 1 independent radio chart-topping albums to his credit.

The 30-year veteran has toured the U.S., U.K. and Europe dozens of times, packing in audiences along the way. He has headlined major music festivals and appeared with John Lee Hooker, Ray Charles, Robert Cray, Koko Taylor, Taj Mahal, Leo Kottke, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Johnny Shines and many other legendary musicians, the release said.

Go to hear some of his music, and to learn more.

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