3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore, MD, 21224
In the history of country music, no songwriter has recorded and penned so many songs that 50+ years later are still sung, recorded, and revered as “The Bible of classic country music. “
The Hank Williams Tribute is an annual country, honky-tonk, swingin’ extravaganza of musical friends collaborating to bring to life classic songs from the real roots of country music. GRAMMY® winners Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer host the evening with Robin & Linda Williams, and Phil Wiggins. Add to that a fabulous band: Patrick McAvinue (fiddle) and Mark Schatz (bass) and you’ve got a great country show - one that sells out every year!
Hank Williams was a consummate country songwriter, with hits that included "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry", "Your Cheatin' Heart", "The Lovesick Blues" and "Jambalaya". He died at the age of 29, on New Year's 1953, leaving behind a legacy of songs and performances that will not be forgotten. In the six years of his recording career, Hank Williams songs created the definition of the perfect country song. This popular show brings together an all-star cast of friends who get together just once a year to celebrate the songs of a country music idol.
Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer - Known for their tight harmony singing and stellar instrumentation on guitar, banjo, and mandolin, winners of 2 Grammy® Awards, 60+ WAMMY Awards, and 14 GRAMMY nominations. Billboard Magazine called them “As close to flawless folk/bluegrass as it gets.” The duos recent recordings include, “SHOUT AND SHINE” and, “WAHOO!” This is their 25th year hosting the show, the second at the Creative Alliance.
Robin & Linda Williams - From The Grand Ole Opry to Austin City Limits, Music City Tonight to Mountain Stage, Robin & Linda never cease to wow audiences wherever they go. Their 40+-year career has so far netted 24 albums and thousands of accolades along the way. Their brand new album, “A Better Day A-Coming” has climbed the folk charts this fall.
“They don't play at being country - they are country." - No Depression
"Individually their voices can melt cheese, and in duet, they can do all-purpose welding." - Garrison Keillor, A Prairie Home Companion
Phil Wiggins - Blues musician, teacher, and artistic director, a two-time winner of the prestigious WC Handy Blues Foundation awards, Phil is only the third harmonica player to receive the lifetime honor of an NEA National Heritage Fellowship. Today he is the only living player of the instrument to hold the prestigious honor of being a “Master of Traditional Arts.” Often referred to by its unofficial designation as the “Living Cultural Treasure” award, the fellowship honors and preserves the diverse cultural heritage in the United States.
Patrick McAvinue - International Bluegrass Music Association FIDDLER OF THE YEAR, Patrick leads the new generation of hot fiddlers with exquisite taste and versatility. Currently a member of the Navy’s “Country Currant”, he’s performed with bluegrass supergroup Daily & Vincent, fiddled often on the Grand Ole Opry, and has become an in-demand studio musician. He’s also a member of Baltimore’s Charm City Junction band. His CD “Perfect Fit” topped the Bluegrass charts!
Mark Schatz - Mark Schatz, bass player, has toured with Claire Lynch, Nickel Creek, Tony Rice, Tim O’Brien, and Bela Fleck, just to name a few. He is the musical director of Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble and bass instructor with Homespun Tapes. Mark is on tour this year with Bela Fleck’s “My Bluegrass Heart: and just released a duo recording, “Grit & Polish” with Brian McDowell.