Ronnie Earl

If you follow the regional blues scene, you already know Ronnie Earl. B.B. King has called him one of the most serious blues guitarists around.

The Kennedys

Barnesandnoble.com wrote, in reviewing The Kennedys’ new album (Better Dreams): ‘…Peter and Maura Kennedy meld 60s folk, rock and country into a stunning concept album that takes the listener from the footloose frolic of not-so-long-ago into a world of abridged civil liberties, before concluding on an upbeat note with a bracing appeal for peace.’ You may have heard their radio show, The Dharma Cafe, on Sirius. This is their second visit to the Narrows. An infectious night of folk-rock is guaranteed!

John Jorgenson Quintet

A musician’s musician, John Jorgenson founded the Desert Rose Band with Chris Hillman, played guitar for Elton John, and is an international expert on ‘gypsy jazz,’ even playing gypsy jazz founder Django Reinhardt in a film with Charlize Theron and Penelope Cruz (the movie’s called Head in the Clouds and was released in 2005). Expect a night of fleet fingers, which seems to be a theme for the Narrows in 2008. A guitar hero with his roots in the pre-WWII France jazz guitar scene. www.johnjorgenson.com.

Eilen Jewell

This free show will take place at Bristol Community College 777 Elsbree St. Fall River, MA. It is part of an event called Concert Under the Tent which also features the Fall River Symphony and Spindle City Ballet. It is a real family centric event with lots of activities for kids as well. The venue is quite beautiful

California Guitar Trio

This is a must-show for the serious guitar student, but it’s also great for anyone who appreciates instrumental mastery that still is a lot of fun. It’s classical, surf rock and whatever.

Slaid Cleaves and Mary Gauthier

Two of the strongest singer/songwriters in the genre today. Slaid Cleaves has graced the Narrows stage many times, traveling to our shores from Texas, although he’s originally from Maine. Mary Gauthier–who once lived in the Boston area but now lives down south–has played the Narrows before, but not nearly enough. She won huge acclaim for her ‘Mercy Now’ CD a couple years back; even Bob Dylan played a song from it on his radio show! If you like tunes that are about something, this show is for you. www.slaidcleaves.com and www.marygauthier.com.

Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey

One of the finest improvisational bands on the planet. They weave rock, jazz, funk etc. into a mind bending stew of beautiful music. They will be touring behind thier great new release Lil Tae Rides Again.

Mavis Staples

She’s a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and VH1’s Greatest Women of Rock and Roll. She was a member of the Staple Singers, who had two #1 singles, ‘I’ll Take You There’ and ‘Let’s Do It Again.’ During the 1960s the group was the spiritual and musical voice of the civil rights movement, and were closely associated with Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Over the years, Ms. Staples has worked as a solo performer, recording her own albums and working with Bob Dylan (a Grammy nomination for her duet with him on the song ‘Gotta Change My Way of Thinking’), Prince, The Band, Ray Charles, Delbert McClinton, Natalie Merchant, George Jones, and others. Mavis is touring behind her new record ‘We’ll Never Turn Back’ produced by Ry Cooder. The record has received widespread accalim and is one of her finest efforts.