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Prairie songwriter on stage here

Country music will be performed in the tradition of Merle Travis, Johnny Cash and Woody Guthrie in downtown Red Deer on Friday.

Prairie songwriter Stephen Palmer returns to play acoustic roots music at a coffeehouse concert at The Hub on Ross. Palmer has been performing a unique mix of original and traditional tunes, including ragtime, gospel, blues and folk since the 1960s.

If you caught one of Palmer’s bands back then, opening for Zeppelin or Fleetwood Mac, he would have been riffing on the electric guitar. Now he prefers the gentler tones of acoustic six- and 12-string guitars and draws his inspiration less from the Stones and more from country and folk legends like Pete Seeger and the Carter Family.

With a voice described as a “warm blanket on a cold winter’s night,” Palmer is at home whether he is performing for folk festivals or house concerts.

Tickets for the 7 p.m. show, also featuring local musician Mitchell Chase, are $15 ($30 per family) at 4936 Ross St. It’s cash only at the door.

 
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