I got this press release too late to publish in the paper, but I thought it wouldn't hurt to post information about tonight's concert here. The News-Gazette's features department is talking about starting its own blog, and this sort of thing would be perfect to post there. I'm hoping that will happen soon.
Tim Eriksen in Concert
7 p.m. Thursday, February 11 (tonight)
Main Lounge of Allen Hall
1005 W. Gregory, Urbana
Free and open to the public
Tim Eriksen is "widely regarded as the best ballad singer of his generation" (BBC Radio). He combines hair-raising vocals with savvy arrangements for fiddle, banjo, guitar and bajo sexto, transforming American tradition with a "northern roots" Americana sound that embraces old New England murder ballads, “shape-note” gospel and haunted originals alongside Southern Appalachian and Irish songs. His latest solo album "Northern Roots Live in Namest" celebrates the power of this music in concert. Tim Eriksen has sung, performed, consulted or written songs for films including "Cold Mountain," "Chrystal" and "The Ladykillers" and has worked, on stage and screen, in class or in the studio with folks including Sting, Jack White, Ralph Stanley, Elvis Costello, Alison Krauss, Nicole Kidman, Steve Reich, Yo Yo Ma, Steve Albini, Joe Boyd and T Bone Burnett. His collaborations have ranged from hardcore punk and Bosnian pop to symphony orchestra and the 2009 Grammy-nominated album "Across the Divide" with Afro-Cuban world-jazz phenomenon Omar Sosa.