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Cheseborough and Sheehan
at Mississippi Studios.

Cheseborough brings to life the acoustic country blues of the 1920s and '30s in the tradition of Memphis Minnie, Charley Patton, Robert Johnson and Bo Carter by re-creating the music and recounting the lives, legends and lore of the men and women who created the blues, and the land they came from.

Besides performing, Steve is author-photographer of the acclaimed guidebook Blues Traveling: the Holy Sites of Delta Blues, which just came out in a second, updated edition. He also writes for Living Blues, Acoustic Guitar, South and other magazines and newspapers. He appeared in the Starz! TV documentary Last of the Mississippi Jukes and in Mississippi Public Broadcasting's nationally distributed "Blues Breaks."

This is the first Portland appearance for Cheseborough, a resident of Greenwood, Mississippi.

Lauren Sheehan's haunting voice and fingerpicked guitar-playing ring through her CD Same Old Lonesome Day, which also features harmonica wizard Phil Wiggins (half of Cephas and Wiggins, the popular Piedmont blues duo).

The Portland resident has studied blues and other traditional music genres since 1976, combining them into something personal, powerful and ancient-sounding. As Australia DJ Al Watts puts it: "Lauren, you have restored my faith that there is a god for music lovers, and he made you."

At the Mississippi Studios show, Cheseborough and Sheehan will perform solo sets and a set together. CDs by both, and Cheseborough's book, will be available for purchase.

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