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Singer and songwriter Bill Staines is coming to Inlet Saturday. (Photo submitted)

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Bill Staines to perform in Inlet

Saturday, August 16, 2014 - Updated: 9:39 PM

INLET -- Bill Staines will perform during Inlet's "Sunsets by the Lake" Summer Concert Series Saturday, Aug. 23, from 6-8 p.m. at Arrowhead Lakefront. Bring a chair or a blanket and enjoy a spectacular sunset. The rain location is Fern Park Pavilion.

Red House Records announced the release of Staines' "Beneath Some Lucky Star," his new studio album, Oct. 2, 2012. Consistently touring for over 45 years, he has crafted a strong multi-generational following that includes such luminaries as Nanci Griffith and the Billboard-charting supergroup Celtic Thunder, who have both covered his songs.

Looking back on his life, from his teenaged years when he frequented the famed Club 47 in Cambridge, Mass. to his current status as one of the most beloved songwriters in contemporary folk music, Staines shows the places and people he has met along the way.

Heavily inspired by the Atlantic seaside where he grew up, Staines brings original ballads of epic journeys ("Salt Air," "Lord Franklin," "Lightship") and everyday story songs of love and loss ("The Road to Rustico," "The French Girl," "Ceremony"). In addition to his originals, he includes songs by some writers he has known and admired, including Ian and Sylvia, Pierce Pettis and Mason Daring, harking back to his early performing days when he sang covers and traditional tunes.

"At that time, I was singing mostly traditional material," Staines says. "Writing my own songs came before too long, being influenced by writers like Pete Seeger, Gordon Lightfoot and Ian and Sylvia."

Now more than 45 years later, he has become the artist younger songwriters admire. Telling the story of his musical path on the track "Along the Road," Staines sings about his first Martin guitar (which he still owns) and how it led him to where he is today.

In his liner notes Staines says, "I have always felt that I was blessed to live a life in music and to know that, surely it must have been a lucky star that led me there."

After almost five decades of performing in all 50 states, fans agree they are the lucky ones to have true troubadours like Staines out there singing songs that move and inspire.

This concert series is brought by the Town of Inlet, The Wine Shop, Central Adirondack Association, The Adirondack Reader, and French Louie ADK Sports; as well as funds from the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Regrant Program, administered in Hamilton County by the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts in Blue Mountain Lake.

     

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