John Hammond

He’s back! And he’ll be banging his foot on the stage and shaking the room as before! John Hammond has spent forty years performing intense solo-acoustic blues. A Grammy Award winner and four time nominee, Hammond is also a multiple W.C. Handy award winner who has shared the stage and/or recorded with many of the masters, including Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, John Lee Hooker and Howlin’ Wolf. John’s passionate commitment to traditional blues made him the natural choice to host the BRAVO TV special The Search for Robert Johnson. His latest album, Push Comes To Shove was released to glowing reviews from the Washington Post, American Songwriter and others.

Pierre Bensusan

If you dig acoustic classical guitar with a strong dose of pop and jazz, this show is for you. Pierre is from France but is known and loved in the USA and across the globe for his interesting tunings and different approach. Steve Vai says ‘Listening to Pierre Bensusan is rejuvenating. Beside his extraordinary touch and tone, the notes and melody appeal directly to the tender side of our human nature.’ Leo Kottke: ‘Pierre’s music gives me the shakes. No other guitarist shares his strange gifts of sophistication, accessibility and downright joy. Even at its most complex, Pierre’s music only needs ears to be enjoyed.’ George Winston: ‘One of the truly gifted musicians of our time – he plays the guitar as if it were the very soul of himself.’ Most importantly, the volunteers at the Narrows love Pierre for his kindness and his willingness to share a glass of wine with everybody!

Karla Bonoff

She wrote ‘Someone to Lay Down Beside Me,’ a success for Linda Ronstadt, scored her own hit with ‘Personally,’ wrote ‘All My Life,’ with which Linda Ronstadt and her duet partner Aaron Neville won a Grammy (‘All My Life’ has been ranked by People magazine as one of the most popular wedding songs), and has worked with the likes of Bonnie Raitt and John Prine. She’s a songwriting legend! Learn more:

Loudon Wainwright III

Yes, it’s the ‘Dead Skunk in the Middle of the Road’ guy. He also was Capt. Calvin Spaulding the singing surgeon on the TV show M*A*S*H, and Johnny Cash recorded his song ‘The Man Who Couldn’t Cry.’ He’s also the dad of Rufus Wainwright. But all that is just a small part of his storied career.

Duke Robillard

He’s the guitarman for many in the Rhode Island area and in faraway places as well. Not only is he a master bluesman (he founded Roomful of Blues), he’s a master entertainer who’ll have you smiling and tapping your feet. If you have a spouse, partner or friend who’s not necessarily a roots fan, this is a good ‘date night’ concert, because the Duke knows how to put on a show for everybody. Total class with sass, baby.

Drunk Stuntmen

When we last checked in on these Narrows’ faves, they were touring in support of their terrific CD ‘Trailer Life,’ one of the best rock ‘n’ roll records you’ll hear. The Drunk Stuntmen’s music is kind of Southern rock, kind of country (they do a terrific revved up version of ‘Whiskey River’), kind of Tom Petty-ish, kind of rootsy–but 100% fun. Come to this one even if you’ve never heard of them. A great New Year’s present to yourself. You’ll love ’em! By the way, they’re working on a new CD!

Richard Shindell

He lives in Argentina these days, which is a mighty long airplane ride! You might know him from Cry Cry Cry, a little trio he was in with Dar Williams and Lucy Kaplansky. He’s a serious guy with serious songs; but he did seem to lighten up last time he was at the Narrows. Maybe he’s enjoying life south of the border.


New England has long had a rich tradition of Celtic-inspired music. Looking forward to their 24th anniversary in 2007, the Rhode Island-based ensemble Pendragon has embraced that tradition and created a timeless sound of its own, performing roots music with an unmistakable contemporary edge. Pendragon’s music celebrates the lives and lore of generations of New Englanders who brought traditions from Ireland, Scotland, French Canada and other distant shores to the banks of the Blackstone River.