Ken Waldman combines Appalachian-style string-band music, original poetry, and Alaska-set storytelling for a performance uniquely his. He has nineteen books, nine CDs, and since 1995 has appeared at the widest range of concert series, festivals, and clubs, from the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage to the Woodford Folk Festival in Queensland, Australia. Reviewers have compared him to John Hartford and Garrison Keillor. The Denver Post has called his shows “Renegade Americana.” The Austin Chronicle has said, “Feels like a Ken Burns movie. . . . Always recommended.” www.kenwaldman.com
Jerry Hagins has been playing banjo for more than 45 years. A scholar of all things banjo, he's been in numerous Austin string bands, most often on banjo, but also as a fiddler or guitarist. His current project is the duo Up Around the Sun where he joins Texas Hall of Fame Musician, Tim Kerr. www.jerryhaginsbanjo.com
Since moving to Austin fifteen years ago, Beth Chrisman has backed such icons as Bill Kirchen and the late James Hand. As part of the trio, The Carper Family, she's appeared on Mountain Stage and A Prairie Home Companion. Her new all-female trio is The Frauliens, and she leads her own honky-tonk band, Missy Beth and the Morning Afters, as well. An in-demand fiddler and banjo player, a rock-steady guitarist, an evocative singer and songwriter, her gift is to make everybody around her sound better. www.bethchrismanmusic.com
Ken Waldman's knack is in putting together fun, inspiring, surprising shows specific to place. The evening promises to be both family friendly and extraordinary. Start and end the evening in San Angelo, and in the middle take a trip to Alaska (with a stop en route in Austin with triple fiddles and a sweet waltz or two amid poems, stories, and songs). But watch out. Afterwards you might decide to make reservations for your own real-live Alaska trip.