Live with the Friends is made possible by the generous support of these Friends of Huron Public Library, in collaboration with area musicians and music students:
Angry Bull Steakhouse, Inc., Arby’s- Huron, Domino’s Pizza- Huron, Endlish Environmental & Energy LLC, Franklin Sanitation, Gioffre & Schroeder Co., LPA, Huron Ace Hardware, Huron Lakeshore Laundry, Huron Pizza House, Huron Rotary Club, Label Aid, Inc., Lake Erie Aerie #2875 F.O.E., Lighthouse Real Estate, Linda Armstrong RE/MAX Quality Realty, Lisa Horman- Howard Hanna Real Estate, Myer Brothers Custom Butchering LLC, Rye Beach Property Owners’ Association, Thomas R. Sprunk, Attorney-at-Law, Vacationland Federal Credit Union
The Whiskey Charmers is a Detroit-based Americana band led by Carrie Shepard and Lawrence Daversa. Since forming the band in 2012, they have released two full-length albums, a self-titled debut in 2015 and "The Valley" (April 2017). Both albums have received excellent reviews in the U.S. and abroad, and they have received significant recognition and awards, including the Detroit Metro Times who listed Shepard as Best Singer/Songwriter of 2016.
Fans have often compared their sound to riding through the desert with the top down, or the feeling of being in some lonesome smoky bar off the side of an abandoned highway, or music from a Spaghetti Western. Comparisons have been drawn to The Cowboy Junkies, Mark Knopfler, Dick Dale, Chris Isaak, Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn. William P Davis (Former Deputy Director of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville) says of the band, “I’ve heard a lot of good musicians. The Whiskey Charmers remind me of no one – and, to me, that is of the best compliments an act can receive.”
The Baker's Basement is a multi-genre musical duo that hails from Cleveland, Ohio. Formed in the summer of 2012, Kate Dedinsky captains a miniature, homemade, percussive drum set that they call the "Tempeh Kit" while Adam Grindler mans the acoustic guitar. Both members share songwriting and singing responsibilities, often bouncing phrases back and forth and interweaving harmonies. A performance by the Baker's Basement includes a healthy blend of original, cover, and instrumental music filled with scrumptious flavors of folk, rock, jazz, blues, funk, and experimental music. Expect a lively presentation of music that sings with varying speed, humor, and emotional complexity.
with Hammered Dulcimer and Autoharp
DeWayne and Tracie have been playing music together for over 22 years. From their home in Northern Ohio, they have performed their traditional folk-style music extensively in a three-state area. Having finished their first CD called “Civil War Memories” which is an instrumental compilation of treasured Civil War songs played in gentle, honorable arrangements, the couple are making plans to create another. Tracie plays the hammered dulcimer and DeWayne adds a unique style of fingerpicking to the Auto Harp, 5-string bluegrass banjo and a 12 string Taylor guitar.
Both performers were born and raised in the Northern Ohio Valley. Having a musical background since high school, Tracie was struck by the sweet sound of the hammered dulcimer when she saw one for the very first time at an Ohio Festival in 1986; she learned how to play one of these distinctive instruments in 1990, and now provides private lessons. DeWayne grew up on farmland in Milan, Ohio. He learned the value of music from his mother, who played rag-time piano at the local USO spot. He continued with the bluegrass banjo, which he has been playing for over 37 years. He blended the banjo picking style on the Auto Harp, giving the instrument a unique and different dimension. He teaches others in the bluegrass banjo and autoharp styles. The couple also enjoys playing with others as part of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church's Praise Band in Oak Harbor, OH.