ROMNEY, W.Va. — Bradley Litwin, a singer and ragtime jazz and stride blues guitarist, will perform Oct. 1 at 7:30 p.m. at The Bottling Works, 426 E. Main St., as part of the Hampshire County Arts Council’s annual concert series.
“With the rompin’ stompin’ fingerpicking styles of Blind Blake and Robert Johnson, adaptations of Fats Waller and Willie ‘the Lion’ Smith, the smooth crooning of the Mills Brothers and the exhilaration of Bessie Smith, Litwin is an exceptional singer and guitarist,” said Jody Kolodzey, director of the Philadelphia Folksong Society. “He aims to broadcast and help preserve the extraordinary invention, passion and humor embodied in early roots blues and jazz.”
“Brad Litwin’s knowledge of the great blues masters and his love for the music and the folklore is so apparent in his delightful presentation. He is the real deal, a modern-day bluesman who plays and sings the old songs with uninhibited joy. And that joy is contagious,” said Gene Shay, folk music producer/host, WXPN, 88.5 FM Philadelphia.
Growing up in a family of classical musicians, Litwin’s interest in folk and blues music took shape as a teenager in the late 1960s. In the mid-1970s, while the proprietor of a stringed instrument building and repair shop, Litwin became friendly with numerous traveling circuit musicians.
Their anecdotes fed his fascination with the genius of those seminal performers of the 1920s and ’30s, whose recordings he studied intensely. Today he presents recreations of these masterworks, along with a few of his own, for audiences all over the U.S.
Admission is reduced for council members and residents under the age of 17 will be ad-mitted free of charge. Advance tickets are available online at www.HampshireArts.org or at the Hampshire County Visitor Center in The Bottling Works, open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
For more information, call 304-496-8002 or 304-703-1350.