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VIDEOS: Acoustic blues duo to kick off season at Rose Garden in Mansfield

2012 September 5
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The Rose Garden Coffeehouse in Mansfield begins its 24th season on Sept. 22, 2012 with the acoustic blues duo of Paul Rishell and Annie Raines. The duo, whose music is a marvelous mix of country and old-time blues, gives a solid nod to the great blues performers, while offering a show that is warm and fun.

Paul Rishell & Annie Raines

Paul Rishell & Annie Raines

Rishell has spent 45 years learning from blues greats like Blind Lemon Jefferson, Skip James, Blind Blake and Blind Boy Fuller, and he just has released a new solo CD called “Talking Guitar,” which pays tribute to those artists. Raines, who adds raucus and passionate harmonica to accompany Rishell’s solos on steel guitar and his gritty vocals.

Raines, for her part, has released an instructional DVD called “Blues Harmonica Blueprint,” with live jam tracks and solos to help harmonica players (like me!) hopefully improve.

The Rose Garden, located at the Congregational Church, 17 West St., Mansfield, is one of the longest continuously-running folk music venues in Southeastern Massachusetts. The all-volunteer-run operation offers hot and cold non-alcoholic drinks, with homemade desserts and pastries. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. for the 8 p.m. show. Tickets may be purchased on the website.

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