Event - Kerry Grambacher Band

DATE: Sat, Oct 08 - 6:00 pm - Sat, Oct 08 - 11:00 pm

VENUE: The Liederkranz

ADDRESS: 401 W 1st St, Grand Island, NE 68801 Grand Island, NE  68801

WEBSITE: facebook.com

PHONE: (308) 382-9337

Two troubadours are coming to Grand Island for an evening of contemporary folk and western music at The Liederkranz on Saturday, October 8th, when award-winning songwriters Kerry Grombacher and Aspen Black perform at 7:00 p.m. They are both multi-instrumentalists, and their works draw vivid portraits and tell fascinating stories that they accompany with guitars, bass, and mandolin. “This will be our duo’s first concert in Grand Island,” said Kerry Grombacher recently. “I passed through– but didn’t perform – when I was on my solo “Highway 281 Troubadour Tour” in 2010, and Aspen and I have performed frequently in libraries and at senior living facilities around the area, from Cozad to York, and from Red Cloud to Burwell. Aspen Black added, “I’m really looking forward to performing at the The Liederkranz. The building looks wonderful, and the club’s history is very interesting. I’m from Southwest Virginia, and it’s always awe-inspiring for me to spend time in the Platte River Valley, with the big sky and long horizons that signify the West.” Kerry Grombacher and Aspen Black, both successful solo artists, have worked together as a duo since 2014, performing nationwide for arts councils, house concerts, festivals, museums, and libraries. Their songs are influenced by the English ballad tradition, the string-band music of Aspen’s Appalachian home, and the corridors of the desert Southwest, where Kerry has lived and worked. Kerry Grombacher plays guitar and mandolin. The title track of his 2021 CD, “Range of the Buffalo,” was named Song of the Year by the International Western Music Association, and the CD is a Top Five nominee for the 2022 Album of the Year award from the Academy of Western Artists. His songs have been featured on the ABC-TV adventure travel show, “Born to Explore,” and on the Putumayo World Records CD “Cowboy Playground,” which was released in over 60 countries. He has released five albums of original songs, and his songs have been recorded by a list of artists that includes Jim Jones, Belinda Gail, The Texas Trailhands, Gary Prescott, and Trails & Rails. He notes, proudly, that there is a room named for him at the Sands Motel in Grants, New Mexico, on Historic Route 66. Nalini Jones, of the Newport Folk Festival, says “Kerry Grombacher is the best kind of songwriter, with lyrics that take us on journeys to places we’ve never visited before, and melodies so pure and true that they seem to rise up from the plains...” Aspen Black plays guitar and bass. She received a 2019 Will Rogers Medallion Award for Cowboy Poetry for her CD of Cowboy Poetry, “Tales from the Road.” Aspen’s “Lovin’ the West” won the Rural Roots Music Commission’s 2017 Classic Western CD of the Year award, and her “Eastern-Western Cowgirl” was the 2015 Female Country-Western CD of the Year. She was a Top Five finalist for the International Western Music Association’s Female Poet of the Year in 2015, 2016, and 2017, and her poetry CD, “Invisibility,” was a Top Five finalist for Cowboy Poetry CD of the Year in both 2015 and 2016. Dick Shoemaker, of YNN-TV, in Franklin County, Virginia, says “Aspen Black has the voice of an angel. I could listen to her sing all day, and just sit back and smile.” The all-ages concert on Saturday, October 8th, 2022, will take place at The Liederkranz, 403 West First Street. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. and the concert will begin at 7:00 p.m. Admission is $5.00, and tickets will be available at the door; non-members are welcome. For information, please visit The Liederkranz’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100063756541467