Piedmont Blues guitarist Shelton Powe will release a new self-titled album of solo acoustic tunes this Fall for Volume 55 of the Music Maker Foundation’s Listener’s Circle series. Arriving Oct 1st, 2022 for members and Nov 4th, 2022, for the general public, the collection is “a timeless mix of century-old traditional songs and newly-written material” delivered with Powe’s fingerstyle guitar work and gritty vocals across 14 tracks.
Born in Charlotte, North Carolina in 1957, Powe grew up surrounded by gifted instrumentalists, singers, and dancers, but it wasn’t until after the deaths of his mother and father in the late 1980s that he began connecting with the rhythms and melodies he’d been raised around. Picking up the guitar as a tribute to his deceased mother, Shelton set out to learn old-time Blues and Gospel the way he remembered it, revisiting his childhood through song.
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