Lauren Sheehan

Location: R.A. Fountain

from our promo for this concert

Lauren Sheehan is traveling on the east coast and in the South to promote her recently released CD “The Light Still Burns,” which is her fourth for Wilson River Records.

The CD is also a companion to John Thomas’s new book, The Kalamazoo Gals, which documents Gibson guitar production during World War II. Sheehan was selected by Thomas to perform the documentary soundtrack featuring period songs that were popularized on the select guitars constructed by a previously undocumented all-female workforce at the Gibson factory in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Sheehan received the Portland Music Award last year for outstanding achievement in folk music. In 2010 she was accepted into the Library of Congress as part of the MusicBox Project “American Women.” She has also been featured on NPR. 

Her shows are primarily acoustic blues, featuring both Piedmont and Delta styles. She also covers a variety of early Americana.

One critic cites “the beauty and clarity” of her voice as being “like discovering some new instrument that combines qualities of fiddle and clarinet, fresh but with deep roots.” Another calls here “a true entertainer” who weaves the “stories and history of the music into her performance, connecting with her audience on a personal level.”

Copies of Sheehan’s new CD as well as Thomas’s book will be available at Saturday’s concert.

Tags: blues, Concert, Delta blues, guitar, original, Piedmont blues