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Second Street Live! Returns To Its Roots

November 28, 2013

YellowBrix

Nov. 28--One Fort Smith music series is set to thrive artistically in its original venue.

The Second Street Live! music series will feature live sets by Adam Hood, Thom Bresh and northwest Arkansas duo Trout Fishing in America in the coming weeks at the 801 Media Center, located inside 5 Star Productions at North Eighth and North A streets, said John McIntosh, SSL board member. The series originally staged concerts inside what is now known as the Blue Lion at UAFS Downtown in Fort Smith before moving "back home" to the 801 Media Center, he said.

"This is going to be exciting for everyone because we're excited to be back at the 801 Media Center," McIntosh said. "This is a homecoming season for us because we're showcasing these new and iconic singers and artists in the intimate 801 Media Center."

Hood will present some of his musical work at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5, while Bresh and his guitar will make melodic sounds at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 16.

"Adam Hood is a great Americana/roots artist -- a singer-songwriter from Alabama with a huge Texas following," said Tom Ware, SSL production manager. "Adam has been writing with people like Ashley Monroe from the Pistol Annies, which is Miranda Lambert's side project."

Hood's third album, "The Shape of Things," is a collected work that focuses on life's winning moments and struggles. His single, "Hell of a Fight," has helped gain the performer a new legion of followers in recent months.

"Adam also has toured with Willie Nelson on the Bluebird Songwriter Tour," Ware said. "Adam is a fantastic up-and-coming, young artist."

Fans of guitar thumb-picking styles are expected to line up for Bresh's concert, he said.

"This guy has played with the best, like Tommy Emanuel, Martin Taylor, Jerry Reed, Chet Atkins and so on," he said of the Grammy Award-winning Bresh, who is the son of guitar legend and country music icon Merle Travis and was inducted into the Thumbpickers Hall of Fame in 2001. "Thom Bresh is an Academy Award-winning songwriter, and he has a dry sense of humor.

"What's also great is, Thom has stories for days," Ware added.

The three-time Grammy Award-nominated duo Trout Fishing in America will be equally entertaining when they pay musical tribute to the late Dick Renko, at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28, Ware said. Renko was the band's manager, as well as a former SSL promoter and a co-founder of the Fort Smith Riverfront Blues Festival.

"We've been listening to Trout Fishing in America here in Fort Smith for almost 30 years, and they never fail to delight," Ware said. "They are great friends of Second Street Live and are some of the best songwriters in the country."

Featuring Ezra Idlet (guitar, vocals) and Keith Grimwood (bass, vocals), Trout Fishing will play acoustic-based music that will please longtime followers and new fans alike, he said.

"Trout Fishing in America's children's albums are legendary; all of my kids grew up listening to 'When I Was a Dinosaur' and 'I Threw It Out the Window,'" Ware said. "We're glad to have Trout Fishing in America."

Dave Robertson, SSL treasurer, agreed.

"The Trout Fishing in America event will be a great way to remember our friend, Dick Renko," he said.

Like Ware, Robertson predicted that audience members will be almost shocked by the on-stage skills and personable demeanor by the performers at all three concerts.

"The 801 Media Center is the perfect venue for these small and intimate shows," Robertson said. "Everyone present is there for the music, and the audience is attentive and appreciative. Our mission of artist, audience and community is well served in this theater."

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