Americana show host in concert Friday

John Birney, a volunteer for Flagler College radio WFCF 88.5 FM, reported to Historic City News that he will host a free concert Friday, November 27th, at 7:00 p.m. in the Flagler College Auditorium at 14 Granada St.

The concert will feature the popular Americana performers Jill Andrews, formerly of “The Everybodyfields,” and Matt Butcher, an up-and-coming singer-songwriter.

Andrews has been a musician all her life. She first picked up a guitar – one with only three chords – at the age of 19. Her music is best described as “soulful songs with lonesome melodies and haunting lyrics.” In 2003, Andrews teamed up with Sam Quinn to create “The Everybodyfields,” a band that made a marked impact on Tennessee’s roots music scene. They played Bonnaroo, Floydfest, honkytonks, bars and theaters from coast to coast. Andrews eventually went solo but maintained her singing style, a signature alt-country, which has continued to flourish.

Butcher, a 25 year old singer-songwriter from Orlando, Fla., just released an album with his band, “The Revolvers.” His album and music “span genres with country-tinged Americana and bluesy styles, to soulful ballads and delicate folk.” Butcher says he is “not trying to reinvent the wheel, just keep it spinning.” Some have said his “music reminds them of artists from the late ‘60s and’70s.”

Birney – otherwise known as “JB” when hosting his Americana show- said he is more than happy to host a concert for the public free of charge.

“St. Augustine has become a musical force in the last few years, thanks mainly to our new St. Augustine Amphitheatre and the world-famous artists who have come to play in the nation’s oldest city,” he said. “Many folks can’t afford to go to every show, so I want the ‘Good Morning Americana’ show and WFCF to be a part of helping to bring great singer-songwriters to our community to showcase their talents.”

According to the Americana Music Association, Americana music is “music that is inspired by American cultural traditions and represents classic man- made/roots-based sounds, through new and contemporary artists whose music is clearly inspired by these great traditions.”

Photo credit: © 2009 Historic City News photographer Kerry McGuire

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