The Americana Lovebirds
Saturday, September 8, 2012 @ 7:00 pm
Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library (map)
4100 Virginia Beach Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
Anyone not familiar with the music of Bill Staines is in for a special treat. Bill was one of the first to perform on the TFFM, a.k.a. Songmakers of Virginia stage some 38 years ago. For more than forty years, Bill has traveled back and forth across North America, singing his songs and delighting audiences at festivals, folksong societies, colleges, concerts, clubs, and coffeehouses. A New England native, Bill became involved with the Boston-Cambridge folk scene in the early 1960’s and for a time, emceed the Sunday Hootenanny at the legendary Club 47 in Cambridge. Bill quickly became a popular performer in the Boston area. From the time in 1971 when a reviewer from the Boston Phoenix stated that he was “simply Boston’s best performer”, Bill has continually appeared on folk music radio listener polls as one of the top all time favorite folk artists. Now, well into his fifth decade as a folk performer, he has gained an international reputation as a gifted songwriter and performer.
Singing mostly his own songs, he has become one of the most popular and durable singers on the folk music scene today, performing nearly 200 concerts a year and driving over 65,000 miles annually. He weaves a blend of gentle wit and humor into his performances and one reviewer wrote, “He has a sense of timing to match the best standup comic.”
Bill’s music is a slice of Americana, reflecting with the same ease his feelings about the prairie people of the Midwest or the adventurers of the Yukon, the on-the-road truckers, or the everyday workers that make up this land.
Heart-crafted homespun country fun is the name of the game when you’re listening to these two lovable singer/songwriters. Their chemistry is evident immediately, and their performances delight listeners of all ages. The term “Americana” is often used as a description of folk art. This thought penetrates and pervades The Americana Lovebirds’ approach and thrusts its way into their music.
With a nod and a wink, this adorable duo have been singing and smiling their way into hearts the world over. In the tradition of classic comedy couples such as Lucy & Desi and George & Gracie, mixed liberally with such musical acts as The Monkees and The Smothers Brothers and seasoned with a spicy dash of Bollywood, The Lovebirds let their real-life romance shine through. It has been said that you can hear the sparkle in their eyes as they sing together.
The Americana Lovebirds’ sound is timeless. Jason and Amy spit in their creative busy little hands and get down ‘n’ dirty as they work hard to build their unique sound from the ground up. With abundant laughter and love, they don’t stop until everything comes together. Come with this cuddly pair on their rip-roaring adventures. Grab your partner, kick up your boots, hold on to your hat and venture on into Lovebird Country: a fertile land of hay-rollin’, meadow-shaggin’, and all-night backseat-playin’!