The Voice of Newgrass, John Cowan, is returning to Stokes County, North Carolina on Sunday, March 13, 2016 with a concert at South Stokes High School Auditorium, 1100 South Stokes High Drive in Walnut Cove. The doors will open at 2:30pm, with music beginning at 3pm by special guests The Tyler Nail Trio, followed by Cowan at 4:15pm.
John Cowan has been singing his heart out for thirty-seven years now, and his soaring vocals have only improved with time. From Newgrass Revival, to the John Cowan Band, to the legendary Doobie Brothers, Cowan has set himself apart as one of the most loved and admired vocal artists of his generation, not just by fans and critics, but among fellow musicians as well. A true innovator, John applies his powerful pipes to genres from country, bluegrass, and gospel to soul, jazz, and rock-and-roll – often within the space of a single concert. His ability to move fluidly through multiple styles, and carry mesmerized audiences on the journey with him have created a dedicated following and a live performance that shouldn’t be missed.
“John has a huge following in this area dating back to his Newgrass Revival days” said Stokes Arts Executive Director Eddy McGee. “He always mentions Stokes County as one of the most appreciative and knowledgeable audiences that he performs for, plus he knows so many people here.” “It’s a homecoming in many ways for him”, McGee added.
Cowan will be joined on stage for the March 13 concert by bluegrass phenoms Darin & Brooke Aldridge and Tyler Collins.
The Tyler Nail Trio, a popular Piedmont based group with ties to Stokes County, will kick off the show at 3pm. Comprised of members Tyler Nail, Johnathan Loos, and Quiqe Rodriguez-Pastor, the trio combines skilful musicianship and precise vocals while offering uniquely crafted original selections, as well as Americana and folk based cover tunes.
Tickets for the March 13 performance can be purchased by visiting the Stokes County Arts Councils website, www.StokesArts.org, or at the Stokes County Arts Council office located at 500 N. Main Street in Danbury. Tickets are $25 if purchased before 5pm on March 11 and $30 the day of the event. Proceeds from the event will support this year’s Arts Education Programs in Stokes County Schools, which have included the Winston-Salem Symphony, UNC School of the Arts, The Healing Force, NC Marionette Theatre, and Bailey Mountain Cloggers.