OLD SAYBROOK — Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, welcomes back Parsonsfield July 3, followed by two nights of Big Al Anderson and the Floor Models July 6-7.
According to the band’s website,”Parsonsfield has been through the wringer of ups and downs and decided for the first time since the band's 2011 conception to take a two-month break from touring to focus solely on recording. The result is WE, a contemplative EP filled with real life struggle and excitement. In a concise five songs, WE captures the band's maturing sound, winding its way through a full range of emotions. It has as much influence from 90's rock and 70's R&B as it does the folk-pop material that fans have come to expect.”
Big Al Anderson & The Floor Models will perform July 6 at 8 p.m., and July 7 at 7 p.m.
“Mention the Wild Weeds and/or NRBQ and thoughts of award-winning singer/songwriter Big Al Anderson will immediately pop into mind for most music fans,” The Kate said in a release. “Al grew up in Windsor, the son of a bass-playing father and piano-playing/teaching mother. His ear tuned to radio station WWVA out of Wheeling, West Virginia, he heard the sounds of country music that would later influence his guitar playing and singing. Though he did have some formal guitar training under Dick Provost in Hartford, most of his learning was done by ear. The Visuals, Al's first band experience at age 11, were followed by other high school bands such as The Altones and The Six-Packs. At 13, Al joined a couple of bands - an unnamed jazz trio and the Blues Messengers. It was in the latter band that he cut his soul teeth.
These days, Al works primarily as a songwriter. Also in demand as a session player, Big Al's guitar playing can be found on releases by various artists including Brothers Phelps, Kevin Welch, The Highwaymen and more. Joining him on stage is 13-time Emmy winning composer and Shinolas’ guitarist Jim Chapdelaine as well as a few more musically inclined friends to round out the band
For information and tickets please, visit www.thekate.org or call 860-510-0453.