Linden Tree Concerts Presents Southern Rail Bluegrass

SATURDAY, JANUARY 6 at 7:30 pm

When:  Sat. January 6 at 7:30 pm

What:  Southern Rail Bluegrass, Celebrating over forty years of performing, Southern Rail’s bluegrass is high-octane, exuberant fun, with lush harmonies, irrepressible humor, and sparkling banjo, mandolin, and guitar.

Where:  Linden Tree Coffeehouse in the social hall of the Unitarian-Universalist Church of Wakefield, 326 Main St. Wakefield, MA 01880

Admission: $25 (those under 18, $10) thanks to the MA Cultural Council, Wakefield Arts Council

Reservations recommended and information: 781 246

“Bluegrass with a touch of gospel is back at the Linden Tree with fan favorites: Southern Rail on Saturday, January 6th at 7:30 pm.   Celebrating over forty years of performing, Southern Rail’s bluegrass is high-octane, exuberant fun, with lush harmonies, irrepressible humor, and sparkling banjo, mandolin, and guitar.

The vocal harmonies are exquisite, and the musicianship is impeccable.- Radio Star, Ireland  The group has released 11 recordings to wide acclaim.   Their special Bluegrass Gospel compilation entitled “Glory Train” was nominated for the Best Gospel Recording of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association.  The group just re-released their ever-popular CD,  “Live at the Linden Tree”, a special recording made during their unforgettable 30th-anniversary concert at the Linden Tree Coffeehouse.The band’s two founding members, guitarist Jim Muller and bassist Sharon Horovitch, were recently inducted by the Rhode Island Bluegrass Alliance, into their Bluegrass Hall of Fame.”

JIM MULLER, Guitar and Lead Vocals: Jim was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia. Jim is the band’s principal lead singer and songwriter. Jim’s rich, distinctive lead vocals and offbeat humor have become one of the group’s trademarks. A guitarist for over 40 years, he is also known for his polished flat-picking and rock-solid rhythm. Jim was also a respected staff-writer for Bluegrass Now Magazine (Rolla, MO). His regular feature on sound reinforcement, titled “Plugged In”, received a great deal of international attention.

SHARON HOROVITCH, Acoustic Bass and Harmony Vocals:  Aggressive, creative and irrepressible, Sharon is known for her limber bass work, infectious smile and her tireless energy on stage and off. She also sings tenor and high-baritone harmonies. Sharon started playing bass while a grad student at MIT, (which is where she met Jim) and she never looked back. Sharon and Jim are co-founders of Southern Rail.

RICHARD STILLMAN, Banjo and Harmony Vocals:  Rich has been playing bluegrass banjo for over 30 years. Rich was New Jersey banjo champion in 1983, as well as the 2002 and 2003 New England banjo champion. He is a six-time winner of the annual banjo contest held at Lowell, Massachusetts (1985-1995). Rich has been a regular on the faculty of Banjo Camp North, has taught bluegrass banjo classes for Boston Bluegrass Union, and is an adjunct faculty member of Tufts University.

JOHN TIBERT, Mandolin and Harmony Vocals: Hailing from Northboro, MA, John started playing guitar at age 14. But once he heard Dave Grisman on”Old and in the Way”, his life was never the same. He’s been addicted to bluegrass ever since. He’s a prolific songwriter and also has taught mandolin for over a decade. John’s mandolin playing is fluid, lyrical and from the heart, and his superb bass vocals are a powerful addition to the group’s signature quartet harmonies.

One of the most significant groups in contemporary bluegrass…on the cutting edge of creativity. – Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine, VA

Tickets for this show will be $25, for those under 18 are $10. WUMB members receive a $2 discount with their membership card. We accept cash or personal check at the door.  Because this is a popular show, reservations are recommended by calling 781 246 2836. 

The Linden Tree Coffeehouse, in its 39th season of acoustic music, is located in the social hall of the Unitarian-Universalist Church, 326 Main St  Wakefield, MA 01880. We thank the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Wakefield Arts Council for supporting our concert series that has allowed us to bring quality programming to our community.  Linden Tree also supports Fair Trade Music Local 1000. For more information see and our page on Facebook. 

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