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The New Yorker magazine said of Canadian singer-songwriter Fred Eaglesmith: "If you're missing Fred Eaglesmith, you're really missing out." Eaglesmith is on his way to Southeast for three performances.
Eaglesmith's style draws from multiple genres such as folk, country, rock, old-time, bluegrass and gospel, but he doesn't limit himself to just those. His music has been compared to artists such as John Prine, Tom Waits, Bruce Springsteen, Woody Guthrie and T Bone Burnett, and his live shows have been likened to Led Zeppelin.
Over the past 30 years, Eaglesmith has released 17 albums, many of which were on his own independent record label. His most recent album, "Tinderbox," was nominated for a Juno Award, the Canadian equivalent of a Grammy.
Many of Eaglesmith's songs have been re-recorded by notable fellow songwriters such as Toby Keith, Dar Williams, Chris Knight, Mary Gauthier and The Cowboy Junkies. He has also had his music featured in films by Martin Scorsese and James Caan.
Eaglesmith will perform with Gordie Tentrees on May 8 at the Red Onion Saloon in Skagway. On May 9, they will perform at the Alaska Barn Dance in Haines. For tickets or more info, call 766-2020.
Eaglesmith will perform in Juneau at 7:30 p.m. on May 10 at Resurrection Lutheran Church. Tickets are available at the door for $20. Buddy Tabor will perform a short opening set at the concert, which is an Alaska Folk Festival event.