Murray State University’s Department of History will present its fourth annual ROOTS Music Concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, at Lovett Auditorium
The concert will highlight just a few of Kentucky’s great musical traditions. MSU’s ROOTS concerts are filmed and recorded for regional television and for re-broadcast on WKMS 91.3 FM. The concerts were originally conceived by Dr. Terry Strieter, Chair of the Department of History, and are organized by Senior Lecturer Ted Franklin Belue. These popular shows are part of public outreach — just one of the many ways MSU gives back to western Kentucky’s local and regional community. This year’s exciting performers include:
• The Bankesters: Their fifth CD, “Love Has Wheels,” was recently released by Compass Records. This Illinois band features the talents of three sisters, Emily (winner of the 2013 International Bluegrass Music Association Momentum Award for Vocalist of the Year Award) on fiddle, Alysha (mandolin and fiddle), and Melissa (upright bass). Melissa’s husband, Kyle Triplett, is a formidable multi-instrumentalist and picks banjo. Parents Phil and Dorene play guitar and provide vocal support. The Bankesters have transformed from a local family band to one of the most sought acoustic outfits in the country. Awesome vocals, compelling originality and engaging stage presence are their show’s hallmarks.
• The Giant City Slickers: Be prepared for some classic Western Swing and classic old-time Country true to the tradition of Bob Wills, Lefty Frizzell and Spade Cooley. From Carbondale, Ill. come southern Illinois musicians Alex Kirt (vocals/guitar), Mark Stoffel (electric mandolin/fiddle), Dan Goett (lead guitar), Blake Bramlett (bass), and Jim Beers (drums). These guys can cook and really swing, and along the way dazzle audiences with tight instrumental interplay reminiscent of the Texas Playboys and the fiercely played gypsy jazz of Django Reinhardt. Brace yourself for some fast-talkin’, quick-pickin’ Western swing and honky-tonk, sure to get some the crowd dancing in the aisles. The Slickers have just released their new CD, “Blue Gill Boogie.”
• Terrapin Pond
Hailing mostly from Marshall County, Terrapin Pond “presents an innovative fusion of garage rock and Appalachian folk … in a swirling folk-psych landscape,” in the words of its founder Craig Morris, who produces, arranges, and composes much of the group’s material. Well-known bluegrass musicians Jason and Justin McKendree play electric banjo and mandolin respectively. Morris plays lead guitar, lap steel and keyboards, drummer Brandon Gilham and bassist Dustin fill out the rest of the group.
“ROOTS 4” is free and the event is open to the public. The doors of Lovett Auditorium be opened at 7 p.m. and the show will last about two hours.