Brown Bag Lunch concert take place on the east patio
at the Historic Depot Museum
located on the West Side in Downtown Cookeville from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
October 7-Wil Maring
Wil Maring and virtuose guitarist and fiddler Robert Bowlin have been recently combining talents to create beautiful original acoustic music which straddles the fence between bluegrass, folk and country music. Wil’s beautiful airy vocal style and heartfelt lyrics have raised the eyebrows of the acoustic music world in recent years with the release of her three solo cds and four band cds with her band Shady Mix. Robert, a two-time National Fingerpicking and Flatpicking Guitar contest winner, has been a band member with legendary artists like Bill Monroe, Maura O Connell, Kathy Mattea, the Osborne Brothers, and many more. Their music will leave audiences spellbound long after the show is over.
As Dave Higgs, respected host of Nashville Public Radio’s nationally syndicated bluegrass program describes the performance: “Absolutely, hands-down some of the most mesmerizing, exciting, interesting and enjoyable acoustic music I have ever heard. Wil’s songs are just in a league of their own, and the picking…. the interplay between (the musicians) is simply astonishing. Not clones — but an inspired group with a different message. I love it!”
October 14-Jeremy Fritts
Jeremy comes from a very diverse musical background. Within a career varying from performance to composition to concert promotion to instruction and interests ranging from bluegrass to jazz to gospel to classical Jeremy has compiled numerous musical credentials.
These credentials include a Master’s Degree in classical guitar from Nashville’s Belmont University, jazz studies with multiple instructors, four years of performance with the East Tennessee State University Senior Bluegrass Band, and compositional studies at the University of Tennessee. Also, five compositions that Jeremy either wrote or co-wrote appeared on The Fritts Family’s 2006 CD “One More Mountain.” This CD debuted nationally on the Singing News chart, CMP Magazine’s Top 100 Club chart, the Christian Country Gospel National chart, and the Roots Music Report Roots Gospel chart (where it rose to #2 world-wide).
In addition, Jeremy has consistently maintained an active touring and teaching schedule. Over the last twenty years he has appeared at hundreds of concert venues including: the Kennedy Center, the International Bluegrass Association (IBMA) Awards Show and Fan Fest, Earnest Tubb’s Midnight Jamboree, the Renfro Valley Bluegrass Festival, the Bluebird Cafe, a concert tour of France, the “From the Family” tour (sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts), and the PBS television show “Song of the Mountains.”
Finally, Jeremy has been an instructor at both Milligan College and East Tennessee State University and he has co-produced several concert events including the world-famous Bluegrass in the Smokies festival.
October 21-Facetious Three
The facetious three is a jazz trio comprised of three silly, cynical, sarcastic fellows who like to play jazz.
October 28-Cookin’ on the Square!
All concerts are free and lunch is available on site from Blue Coast Burrito.
October 2-MEAN MARY – CANCELLED
Mary James, youngest of six children, was born in Geneva, Alabama, though her family lived in Florida, a couple miles below the Alabama line. Her mom (author, Jean James) and dad (WWII veteran, William James) lived a very nomadic lifestyle. On one occasion they packed up the family (Mary was four at the time) and moved from Florida to North Minnesota, near the Canadian border, to rough it in the wilds. Mary learned to read music before she could read words and was an official singer/songwriter before she’d started her first day of kindergarten. Mary, playing guitar, banjo and fiddle, recorded her first album at age six. At the end of the second grade, she went into home study and also started appearing daily on the Country Boy Eddie Show, a regional TV program out of Birmingham, Alabama. During this time, she also appeared regularly in Nashville, Tennessee at the Nashville Palace, on the Nashville Network, the Elvis Presley Museum, and on Printer’s Alley. To date, she is the award winnng author of 2 published novels – available now at bookstores: Sparrow Alone on the Housetop, and Wherefore Art Thou, Jane?. Today she labors on her TV show, produces music for herself and other artists, produces shows and videos, is co-writing a novel trilogy about the music world, is an endorsing artist for Deering Banjos, and is constantly touring. There is not room here to tell the whole life story of Mean Mary, but if you’d like to hear more of it, listen to her music—it’s all there.
October 9-KEVBO SEARLE
Songwriting is just a mixture of good luck and bad memory. That’s according to Cookeville-based songwriter, performer, and author of this biography, Kevbo Searle. Drawing from those two forces — as well as from his study of literature and the experiences of his own past — he’s written over thirty songs in the past two years, culminating in the July 2014 release of his debut album, Dangerous Lines. Searle’s songs blend intricate and thoughtful lyrics with toe-tapping guitar rhythms, inviting listeners into a world of his own making. Musically, he borrows from across the spectrum of American genres, from backyard blues to country waltzes. A resident of Cookeville, Tennessee, Searle spends his off-time writing, reading and forgetting to water the garden.
October 16-The Reverend Landon Amonett
October 23-BLUEGRASS SOLUTIONS
Bluegrass Solutions is an Upper Cumberland based band with a huge local following. They play mostly traditional bluegrass and mix it up with a little gospel. Bluegrass Solutions really works hard on their harmony and at the same time hit you with a hard driving bluegrass tune. The band are regulars at THE SUTTON OLE TIME MUSIC HOUR, a live radio show broadcasting from Sutton’s General Store in Granville, Tennessee. The show can be found each Saturday at 7:00am in Carthage/Gordonsville on WUCZ FM 104.1 The Ranch, at 10:00am on WTKY FM 92.1, WKWY FM 102.7, WTKY AM 1370, and WVFB FM 101.5 also the show Broadcasts Saturdays at 11:00am in Cookeville WPTN AM 780 and on Sunday at 6:00pm on Lebanon’s WANT FM 98.9 and WCOR AM 1490.