BELLOWS FALLS — Stage 33 Live, 33 Bridge St., presents Florida's unfiltered leftneck singer-songwriter Grant Peeples and innovative violinist Mark Russell with local hero Ezra Veitch opening on Sunday, June 16.
Before Peeples makes his way to Woody Guthrie's hometown of Okemah in Oklahoma's interior to play the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival, he's going to play an intimate listening event at Stage 33 Live.
“Calling himself 'a tree-hugger that watches NASCAR, and a Buddhist with a gun below the seat,' Peeples isn't afraid to share what's on his mind,” according to a news release. He is known for his axe-sharp socio-political tunes, raucous humor, and heart-gigging ballads in shows that are a churning mix of hilarious and dead serious.
Florida-based Peeples tours coast to coast, primarily as a solo artist. His four most recent albums were produced by Gurf Morlix, who has also produced Lucinda Williams, Mary Gauthier, Ray Wiley Hubbard, Robert Earl Keen, and Slaid Cleaves, among many others.
Peeples has made 10 studio records and three live recordings, and has written two books of poetry. He lived on a small island off the Miskito Coast of Nicaragua for 11 years.
Russell, originally from Melbourne, Australia, was a longtime resident of Tallahassee, Fla., where he and Peeples often performed together. Russell also plays solo and with various groups, interpreting everything from Prince to classical to folk.
Veitch, a popular local musician and artist, opens with a solo set.