Smithfield Arts outdoor concert series is about to enter its final and, to my mind, most interesting phase. On Friday, July 22, Norfolk folk musician Bob Zentz will dig into his vast trove of sea chanteys and nautical folk tunes. He's adept on concertina, banjo, guitar and other instruments and his rich, deep singing voice lends a friendly tone to whatever song he attempts.
The first August show of the series will feature Angela Easterling, a promising young country-rock singer from South Carolina.
Easterling wll be in town promoting her latest album "Beguiler" which was release just this week. The disc was produced by Will Kimbrough, a fine songwriter who has worked with Rodney Crowell, Jimmy Buffett, Emmylou Harris, and who has played Smithfield himself.
Roger McGuinn of The Byrds fame, called her "a bright shining star on the horizon" and Vintage Guitar Magazine reported “If Steve Earle was reborn a girl, he’d be Angela Easterling.”
She reportedly still calls her family's farm in Greenville, S.C., home.
Here's the lineup for the rest to the summer:
July 22 -- Bob Zentz (folk)
July 29 -- Saurkraut Symphony (German music)
Aug. 5 -- Angela Easterling (Country rock)
Aug. 12 -- Hard Knocks (bluegrass)
Aug. 19 -- Williamsburg Classic Swing Orchestra (swing)
Aug. 26 -- Gospel night with Praise Six and Main Street Men of Music
Sept. 2 -- Navy Fleet Forces Band (*at Smithfield Center, 7 p.m.)
Concerts take place at the gazebo in front of the Smithfield Times on Main Street in downtown Smithfield. For more info or updates, visit the Smithfield Arts website.