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Bill Staines first of five artists to perform in Grassroots Concerts 2014 spring line-up

Five Friday night concerts are scheduled for the spring Grassroots Concerts season, starting with Bill Staines at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Live Well Nightclub and Coffee Bar in Nisswa.

Staines is the quintessential folk troubadour whose music is a slice of Americana filled with cowboys, Yukon adventures, fishermen and everyday working people. He has gained an international reputation as a gifted songwriter and performer.

“Folk music is rich in the human spirit and experience,” Staines said. “I’ve always wanted to bring something of value to people through my songs.”

A New Hampshire resident, Staines has traveled across North America, singing his songs and delighting audiences at festivals, folksong societies, colleges, concerts, clubs and coffeehouses.

“I would like to think that bringing something of universal value to people has been one of the foundation blocks of my own writing,” Staines said. “That’s what folk music is all about — songs that are bigger than any one person who sings them.

“And now it is over 45 years later. I have sung in all 50 states, although I admit that one was a karaoke performance at a bar in Honolulu. Music is really all I have ever known. It has brought me everything I have.”

He has performed on 27 recorded albums. His latest, “Beneath Some Lucky Star,” was released in 2012.

Singing mostly his own songs, he weaves a blend of gentle wit and humor into his performances.

Many of Staines’ songs are published in grade school music books, church hymnals and scouting campfire songbooks; he is one of only a few songwriters to have eight songs published in the classic song collection, “Rise up Singing.”

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Admission for general seating at all concerts is $10 at the door for adults and $5 for children under 12 with listening attention, when accompanied by an adult. Seating is first-come, first-served at all shows. Show time is 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.).

The Live Well Nightclub and Coffee Bar, 5459 County Road 18, is located in the Journey Church across from the A&W Restaurant and next to the school in Nisswa.

Grassroots performances are made possible in part by a grant from the Five Wings Arts Council with funding through the Minnesota State Legislature. The series is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization under the Internal Revenue Code.

The concert series welcomes nonperishable food or cash donations to a local food shelf.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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