Famous World Touring Musician Jeni Hankins along with the multi-talented Craig Eastman will be playing in Concert on Sunday, October 23rd at 6:30 PM
For those of you who know them, get reservations early, For those who don’t know them – Keep reading. Limited Seating – Reserve Early (805) 466-4653
Original Appalachian Song, Story, and Dance Duet –
Picture a grandmother who could cure thrush in babies by breathing into their mouths; a cousin who was struck twice by lightning and survived; a grandfather who was shot down on the road to his home; an aunt who left the life of a miner’s wife to become a movie star; and a grandmother who spoke to a mysterious man named Charlie through a plastic banana.
These are some of the ancestors of Jeni Hankins of the Appalachian Folk duo Jeni & Billy whose new CD, “Heart of the Mountain: 200 Years of an Appalachian Family,” chronicles the triumphs and defeats of the Smith’s across nine generations in the coalfields. Jeni Hankins has been called her family’s “kinkeeper” because she and Billy have spent the last ten years collecting Smith family stories, transforming them into songs, and sharing them across the world.
ARRIVE as early as 5:45PM on Sunday the 23rd.
SHOWTIME is 6:30PM with one intermission.
WEAR clothes that bespeak the time of year (who knows but bring a sweater)
BRING: Wine if you like, we’ll have Coffee, Sweets and Water
SUNDAY, evening October 23rd
The Carlin Brickyard
$20 donation and bring cash, check or MC for the goodies at the table: CDS Home Crafts, Pillows
After hearing Jeni & Billy’s newest songs, Kristi Higgins of the Village Reporter described the experience of going to a Jeni & Billy concert as “listening to a photograph album.” That album is full of gingerbread, birthdays, funeral processions, callused hands, dinner buckets, and crisp white shirts hung out on the line.
Jeni Hankins grew up in the birthplace of country music just a county over from the Carter Family and just across the Kentucky border from Jean Ritchie and Loretta Lynn. With a voice often compared to Hazel Dickens and a poetic wit often compared to Flannery O’Connor, Jeni brings authentic Southern Appalachian grace and grit to their music. As Rob Weir wrote in Sing Out, “Jeni has that born in the bone twang.”
Rob Weir continues, “Jeni Hankins is a true heiress of the mountain crown. Call it good, Call it authentic, Call me anytime Jeni is singing and Billy is playing and singing with her.”
Jeni Hankins in Concert
For Tonight’s concert Jeni Hankins will be joined by their longtime collaborator and great friend, Craig Eastman. Craig is a champion fiddler, multi-instrumentalist, film composer, and superb storyteller. They recorded the title track of the new album at Craig’s LA studio. Craig also contributed sounds to many of the other new songs.
This is a rare opportunity to see these two play these new songs and many others.