The Brown Bag concert at the Randolph County Community Arts Center at noon Wednesday will feature the music of Michael and Carrie Kline, of Elkins.
The Klines weave West Virginia stories and folklore with spine-tingling harmonies on voice and guitar. To hear them and be invited to join in on a chorus is to be transported to a country church, a one-room school, or grandma's kitchen.
From songs such as "Walk with Granny One More Time" to "Coal Tattoo," and gospel numbers such as "Turtle Dove" and "Love Like This Was Never Known," they evoke the times that really matter: time with family and friends, spiritual times, wrapped in a patchwork quilt of vivid images. Kitchen songs. You can smell the biscuits baking.
The Klines will perform at the Randolph County Community Arts Center Brown Bag on Wednesday.
Carrie Kline notes, "We, as musicians, are preoccupied with West Virginia songs, from the ancient ballads of the Hammons Family in the central highlands, to mining laments and songs of resistance in the coal fields. We enjoy love ballads and country songs as well, especially the poignant imagery of Kate Wolf and Laurie Lewis.
"As two people absorbed in the study of oral tradition, we visit with old-time singers and tellers living in the Appalachian region. Singing to audiences of all ages, we perform in a variety of situations, from classrooms to prisons, from coffeehouses to picket lines."
The Randolph County Community Arts Center, a non-profit organization promoting and supporting the arts in Randolph County and surrounding areas, is located at the corner of Randolph Avenue and Park Street in Elkins. The RCCAC is supported by private donations as well as by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, and the National Endowment for the Arts, with approval from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts. The Brown Bag Concert Series is sponsored by Davis Trust
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