SARAH LEE GUTHRIE & JOHNNY IRION
With special guest DANIELLE MIRAGLIA
$25 ($22 members)
“The distinguishing feature throughout is the couple’s caressing harmonies, which carry on the legacy of Johnny and June, Gram and Emmylou.” -- Maverick
“…the pair click together like an old belt buckle.” - - Independent On Sunday
“Welch and Rawlings apart – its hard to recall two modern country voices that dovetail as elegantly as this husband and wife team… A dream.” - – Uncut
“Authentic.” “Timeless.” “Harmonious.” “Exhilarating.” Any or all of these adjectives could describe the folk-rock sound created by Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion (eye-ree-un). Sarah Lee Guthrie (daughter of Arlo, granddaughter of Woody) and guitarist Johnny Irion (EYE-ree-on) met in Los Angeles (they were introduced by Chris Robinson of the Black Crowes), married two years later, and moved to Irion's hometown of Columbia, South Carolina.
Sarah Lee has inherited a good chunk of both the family charm and the ambitious songwriting bent of her famous ancestors, and Johnny adds a jolt of Southern blues to the mix. Comparisons to Gillian Welch and David Rawlings just seem to pop up when they sing harmony. Sarah Lee and Johnny are celebrating the release of their latest CD and DVD Folksong.
Opening the evening will Danielle Miraglia,who was selected for the prestigious Emerging Artist Showcase at the 2009 Falcon RIdge Folk Festival. A strong steady thumb on an old Gibson guitar is the driving force behind Danielle’s delta blues influenced guitar style. Add a raw, powerful, whiskey tinged voice and one might be tempted to label her a blues artist. But while Miraglia’s style pays homage to these blues traditions, her classic rock verve, catchy melodies and eclectic array of song subjects give it an original twist that is all her own. A fresh sound along with a sharp wit and a captivating stage presence is gaining her fans all over the map.