WELLSVILLE,NY-Fred Eaglesmith & The Traveling Steam show will be performing on Friday, April 22nd, at the Wellsville Creative Arts Center. Show starts at 8 p.m. Advanced tickets are $20, $22 at door. Members save an additional $2. Tickets may be purchased online at www.WellsvilleCreativeArtsCenter.com or at the Art Center Coffee House. For more information visit the website or call (585) 593-3000. Veternan Canadian roots-rock troubadour Fred Eaglesmith is a genuine iconoclast and true original. It’s the natural result of following the cue of his musical career and now 20 albums with the November 2013 release of Tambourine. The result is one of the most fascinating and musically rewarding careers in contemporary music. As he has doggedly gone his own way as an independent musical artist, Eaglesmith has also enjoyed such high profile rewards in recent years as having his songs covered by country superstars Toby Keith, Alan Jackson and Miranda Lambert, among many other accomplishments.
Throughout the years since his first album in 1980, Eaglesmith has usefully managed to both transcend and blend such genres and categories as rock’n’roll, country, folk, singer-songwriter, Americana, blues and bluegrass to fashion his own distinctive brand of literate, melodic and rhythmic rocking electro-acoustic North American music. Along the way he has gathered a unique set of accomplishments: a Juno Award for Best Roots & Traditional Album, had his music featured in films and television scores including those of True Blood and Grimm, wrote a #1 hit on the bluegrass charts (“Thirty Years of Farming,” recorded by James King), wowed David Letterman in his U.S. network debut in 2010 and finding his songs included in the curriculum at two colleges. When not writing recording and performing music, Eaglesmith creates visual art that is exhibited in commercial galleries and museums.
In addition to having his compositions featured on best-selling albums by country singers and writers themselves like Keith (“White Rose”), Jackson (“Freight Train”) and Lambert (“Time To Get A Gun”), such fellow songwriting talents as The Cowboy Junkies, Chris Knight, Mary Gauthier, Todd Snider and Dar Williams have all recorded Eaglesmith songs.
“A singer-songwriter with a loyal fan base; a raconteur known for his funny stories and sometimes funny, sometimes poignant songs. A tunesmith whose songs may arguably be better known than he is; a figure to whom “entertainer,” “iconoclast,” “humorous” and “original” can be applied in equal measure.” -THE BEND BULLETIN, OREGON
“Eaglesmith snarled out lyrics that underscore his overriding attitude that music and musicians ought to be cherished in the here-and-now and valued for the quality of their art, not the size of their bank accounts or TV ratings.” - Randy Lewis, LA TIMES