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August 1, 2007

Caffé Acoustic lineup features variety of musicians


Barb RymanA combination of local and national talent has been booked for Caffé Acoustic, the free Thursday evening concert series at Brown’s in downtown Arkansas City.

Barb Ryman, a Minnesota-based singer-songwriter, kicks off the season with a performance at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 20. Brown’s is located at 225 S. Summit St.

Caffé Acoustic is a community project, and CornerBank, Home National Bank, and Union State Bank help fund the concert series.

All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public.

The remaining concerts are Tim Durham on Oct. 18, Matt Walsh on Nov. 15, two yet to be determined concerts on Jan. 17 and Feb. 21, Rich  Berry on March 20, and Mark Bowling and Piper Leigh on April 17.

Following is a short summary of each performer.

  • Barb Ryman
    7:30 p.m. Sept. 20
    Barb Ryman is a nationally touring, award-winning singer-songwriter who expects music to be more than entertaining. Her music is lyric-driven, emotional, heart-opening. With a clear winsome voice and skillfully played guitar, she delivers a rich mosaic of contemporary folk, country blues, Celtic flavored ballads, old-time gospel, and bits of folk-rock. Barb’s music career was launched when the Minneapolis Star Tribune proclaimed her 1995 CD, Lay me Open, “a heart-on-sleeve triumph” and national reviews in folk and world music magazines, Sing Out and Dirty Linen, acknowledged her talent. Ryman has recorded five CDs and been nominated for numerous Minnesota Music Awards including Songwriter of The Year, Recording of The Year, Song of The Year, and Female Vocalist. The American Composer Forum awarded her the 2002 McKnight Composer Fellowship, a coveted award for composers across all music genres. In 2006, ABC Television bought rights to her satire “All American Dysfunctional Family” for their new sitcom series Sons & Daughters.

  • Tim Durham
    7:30 p.m. Oct. 18
    Tim Durham’s repertoire consists of funky classics, blues tunes, Irish folk songs, country crooners, jazz standards, and some original soon-to-be hits. Durham’s CD, "Sounding Like A Human Being," includes tracks like, "1944", a tune about his dad's experiences in WWII, "I Need Some Money Real Bad", a biography, and Tim's cult hit, "Renter's From Hell."  Tim has written every song on his CD and it is a true testament to his talent, wit and depth.

  • Matt Walsh
    7:30 p.m. Nov. 15
    Matt Walsh is a 30 year old Blues musician from North Carolina, who is currently based in Wichita KS. His primary sound is rooted in the old school south side Chicago Blues sound of the 1950's with detours into Rockabilly, Jump Blues, Swing and 50's Rock genres as well. Influenced by musicians such as Robert Nighthawk, Howlin' Wolf, Robert Lockwood Jr., T-Bone Walker, Willie Johnson, Muddy Waters, Elmore James, Johnny Guitar Watson and Little Richard, Walsh has dedicated himself to the Blues. His wailing, singing, distorted guitar tone and raw, soulful vocals have stunned music critics and fans, which all agree that his stripped down Blues approach is authentic and real . This is not the glossy over-produced Rock-Blues sound that is all too familiar in today's Blues world.
    With a career that is still young, Walsh has so far shared the stage or opened up for big Blues names like Buddy Guy, Bob Margolin, Taj Mahal, Little Ed and the Blues Imperials, Kelly Hunt, Kenny Neal, Homer Henderson and Delbert McClinton to name a few. At the age of 22, Walsh played solo and beat out 12 full Blues bands in a Tulsa OK and went on to compete in Memphis TN at the International Blues Challenge. His new CD 'Hard Luck' will be produced by former Muddy Waters guitar player,  Steady Rollin' Bob Margolin, who also appears on several tracks.

  • To be Determined.
    7:30 p.m. Jan. 17

  • To be Determined.
    7:30 p.m. Feb. 21

  • Rich Berry
    7:30 p.m. March 20
    Berry has been playing most of his life, 40 years to be exact. He is an original in every way. Gravitating toward Blues and R & B music for most of his life, Berry is right at home playing songs from the old blues masters or a song he has written.
    Berry is well versed in guitar, resonator, and harmonica. when he plays, he uses a foot box for a low end resonance that would make you swear that there is more than one musician on stage. When you hear him sing, you will hear a strong voice with years of experience behind it.
    Berry has played concerts with Li'l Ed and the Blues Imperials. Anthony Gomes, Kenny Neal, and Paul Thorn. He was chosen to go to Memphis, TN to represent Kansas City in the International Blues Challenge in the Single/Duo division.

  • Mark Bowling and Piper Leigh
    7:30 p.m. April 17
    Mark Bowling is a singer/songwriter from Arkansas City. He writes from his life experiences and captures the humor, irony and beauty around him in his songs. He draws his influence from Lyle Lovett, Hal Ketchum and Don Williams with such a creativity and breadth, that his songs sound familiar in a brand new way. In 2005, Bowling performed two of his original songs at the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson and won the State Finals competition of the Colgate Country Showdown.
    Also in 2005, Bowling released his CD, "A Room With A View", with 16 original songs. This CD taps into the human condition with laughter, tears, new love, loss and hope.
    Piper Leigh’s CD, "A Night at the Cabaret," is a recording of two Live shows combined for a great enjoy-the-show experience. Some of Leigh’s original songs, "It Ain't Me," "1,000 Miles From Sunday," and "Down On Beale," are surrounded by such an eclectic collection of styles that there's sure to be something everyone can enjoy. This CD is a window into Leigh’s versatility as a performer. She has performed with fellow Caffé Acoustic performer Tim Durham and shares a repertoire which consists of funky classics, blues tunes, Irish folk songs, country, jazz standards, and some original songs.