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Paul Asbell


Saturday, November 15th at 7:30pm

Asbell will be playing twists on blues and jazz standards, old-timey country-based themes and original pieces from the “American roots” tradition.

Paul Asbell got his start on Chicago's South Side before moving to northern Vermont in 1971. He has played and recorded with Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Howlin Wolf, Otis Rush, Sam Lay to name a few and earned the reputation of being a true “musician's musician”. Acoustic Guitar Magazine stated: "...veteran guitarist Paul Asbell fingerpicks his way through a stylistically diverse collection of tunes plucked from the great American musical canon and arranged and played with finesse, imagination, and humor.”

Asbell formed the group Kilimanjaro in 1978 and recorded two award-winning albums for Philo Records which led to several appearances at the Kool Jazz Festival at SPAC, the Atlanta Jazz Festival, the Montreal Jazz Festival, the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, the Rosekilde Festival in Copenhagen and numerous national tours. Asbell's group, Kilimanjaro joined forces with Joe Burrell to form the Big Joe Burrell and the Unknown Blues Band which remained a northeast regional favorite until Burrell's passing in 2005.

Asbell's career is multi-faceted. His two solo acoustic CD's, “Steel String Americana” and “Roots and Branches” received rave reviews. The Flynn Theatre called them "A genre-blurring, virtuosic waltz through the deep heritage of American folklore, where styles of Robert Johnson, Doc Watson and Dr. John rub elbows with those of Joe Pass and Bill Frisell." When not touring, Asbell has composed, performed and recorded over 60 soundtracks for film and video production, including features for RKO, Columbia films, Disney Productions and Vermont Public Television to name a few. For over forty years Asbell has taught guitar privately and at the university level including positions at Dartmouth, Skidmore, St. Michael's, Johnson State and presently Middlebury College and the University of Vermont.

Tickets are $15 with a pre-concert dinner available for an additional $20. Reservations are recommended for the show and required for dinner. Venue is BYOB. Call (802) 465-4071 or e-mail us for reservations or more information.


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