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Native musician returns to perform at theatre

Letters to AbigailBy MELINDA WILLIAMS

melinda@southwesttimes.com

 

James Harrell, who grew up in Snowville, but moved away a number of years ago, will return to his native county Saturday, Nov. 16, to perform with his band, Letters to Abigail, at Pulaski Theatre.

The group is an acoustic trio billing its genre as an Appalachian Americana, but many refer to its music as “simple southern pleasure.” Letters to Abigail’s website, letterstoabigail.net, says of the Flat Rock, N.C.-based trio: “Digging down into the roots of the region, they blend a classic approach to a new original sound, drenched in powerful lyrics, acoustic melodies and soulful harmonies.”

In addition to Harrell, who still has family and friends in the county, other band members are Kelli Redmond, vocalist and songwriter, and Lauren Bandy, upright bassist, songwriter and vocalist. Harrell is a songwriter, vocalist and acoustic guitarist.

The 7 p.m. performance at Pulaski Theatre will mark the conclusion of the trio’s tour celebrating the release of its debut CD, “Say Anything.” On the CD, Letters to Abigail is joined by three Grammy Award winners: Adam Steffey on mandolin (Alison Krauss, Mountain Heart and the Boxcars), Nicky Sanders on fiddle (Steep Canyon Rangers, Steve Martin and Edie Brickell) and David Holt on claw hammer banjo (Hee Haw, Doc Watson, PBS). They also feature Texas Pedal Steel Hall of Famer Doyle Grisham (known for his work with George Jones, Randy Travis, and Jimmy Buffet and the Coral Reefer Band).

“By assembling an all-star team of musicians to contribute on this recording, Letters To Abigail has put themselves in the position to capture the undivided attention of music fans and the industry,” states a press release about the CD. “‘Say Anything’ draws the listener into a world of emotion and memory transcending time or era.”

The CD was recorded at Echo Mountain Recording Studio in Asheville, N.C. after the band successfully raised $15,000 over a 45-day period to cover the cost.

“Say Anything” draws the listener into a world of emotion and memory transcending time or era.

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