John Kimsey & the Twisted Roots Quartet

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John Kimsey's original songs twist the roots, drawing on homegrown Southern music styles to map the highways, byways and lowdown dirty ways of contemporary American politics and culture. Singer/guitarist Kimsey's comrades in this effort are Lia McCoo (vocals, flutes, percussion), Morry Fiddler (keyboards), Steve Hashimoto (bass), and Brad Newton (congas, percussion) -- aka the Twisted Roots Quartet. The group also puts its unique spin on traditional songs from the continuum that runs from Memphis to the Smoky Mountains, which is to say from blues to gospel to rockabilly to bluegrass.

Set List

Going Up the Country, The Promised Land, Where the Soul Never Dies, When the Saints Go Marching In, Woke Up This Morning, Please Send Me Someone to Love, We Can Work It Out, How Can I Keep From Singing, Turn Turn Turn, For What It’s Worth, Hurdy Gurdy Man, Can’t Find My Way Home, Mole in the Ground, Louisiana 1927, Fais Do Do, Across the Borderline, Tennessee, Darlin’ Be Home Soon, Way Out There, Yeah Yeah, Obla-Di Obla-Da, Birthday, plus these John Kimsey originals: One More Time, She Says Yes to Everything, Beat the Drum Slowly, Alibi Club, Lydia, Do You Walk Like You Talk, Amarantha, Wide Lawns & Narrow Minds, Words for Snow, Elvis on Velvet, Hallelujah Anyhow, Talking Talk Radio, Walken, Special Kind of Fool

John Kimsey & the Twisted Roots Quartet

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