LIVE MUSIC FRIDAYs
Dr. Levine & the Dreaded
Friday, August 31st, 2012
at Stone Soup Books and Cafe
Friday Evening Dining Experience
Dr. Levine and The Dreaded Blues Lady is comprised
of Lorie Strother on vocals and Stephen Levine on guitar. This energetic
duo performs a diverse selection of acoustic blues music styles primarily
from the 1920s and 1930s with a sprinkling of contemporary blues.
Lorie Strother can't remember a time when she wasn't
singing because it came so naturally, but she does remember when she
decided she would be a performer. It was when she received her first
standing ovation after singing at a school PTA function when she was
nine years old. Strother has been performing and recording her interpretation
of acoustic blues since the early 1990s. Strother's blues influences
include artists such as Bessie Smith, Memphis Minnie, and Sippie Wallace.
Corey Harris has called Strother "a real blues woman [who's] got
soul," Living Blues Magazine described her singing as "assertive,
expressive and sensitive," Carl Larsen of the Daily News Leader
states that Lorie "sings the real true bluesâ?¦with
a big booming, bluesy voice."
Stephen Levine is a historian at the University of
Virginia who studies and teaches about the evolution and cultural significance
of blues music. Levine started playing the guitar when he was eleven
years old focusing primarily on folk and classic rock. After his first
listen to Robert Johnson's Crossroad Blues in the mid 1990s he became
obsessed with classic pre-war blues. Levine's blues influences include
artists such as Charley Patton, Son House, John Hurt, and Robert Johnson.
Patrick Bagley of the Franklin Journal describes Stephen's guitar playing
as "powerful" with "biting slide guitar work."
No cover charge. Tips for musicians most appreciated.
Stone Soup Books and Café
908 W. Main St., Waynesboro