Albright: King Of 12-String Country Blues Comes to Barnesville

Todd Albright

BARNESVILLE — Skyflight Productions presents an evening with Todd Albright on Monday at The Albert S. George Youth Center at Barnesville Memorial Park in Barnesville.

Albright is a country blues, 12-string guitar player and vocalist based in Detroit. Grounded in the pre-war era of the blues tradition (1880-1939), Albright is a mindful purveyor of blues history. His repertoire upholds musical pillars such as Blind Willie McTell, George Carter, Blind Lemon Jefferson and Leadbelly. His life’s work continues the distinguished tradition of the very roots of American music as told by the African American musicians who created it.

Albright’s vigorous, gritty and soulful performances are accompanied by stories of the masters and a deep intuitive sense of respect for craft, providing audiences with a meaningful experience while creating a transcendent moment. One of the top blues guitarists in the world, Albright is the only contemporary 12-string player in his genre.

He began playing the blues while still a teenager, some 25 years ago. Initially, he was drawn to the sound of the finger-picked style and has since immersed himself in the foundational music and narratives of American culture. Over the years, Albright has shared the stage with artists such as Roy Book Binder, Charlie Parr, Paul Geremia and Dakota Dave Hull.

Todd’s first full-length LP, “Fourth Floor Visitor,” was released by Jett Plastic Recordings in Detroit (2017). His latest album, “Detroit Twelve String: Blues & Rags,” is out now on Third Man Records (2017).

Doors will open at 7:30 p.m., and the show will begin at 8 p.m. For more information, call 423-276-2653 or visit Skyflight Productions on Facebook.

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