Singer-songwriter and Maine native Ellis Paul’s latest album, “Chasing Beauty” is his nineteenth in a recording career that started in 1989 with “Am I Home.” Paul is a troubadour who is on the road more often that not and he’s amassed an ardent fan-base by consistently putting out solid records and putting on fantastic live shows. If you haven’t seen him yet you’re missing out. His voice is both crisp and tender with poetic lyrics that are sometimes deeply personal and other times observational. “Chasing Beauty’s” title track is a superb example: “You said every dream that could cross our lips lies just beyond our fingertips. I caught some I let slip right through my fingers.” “Love is a Curious Thing” is another. “If you ain’t got nothin’ that you die for. Tell me is your life worth living after all?”
Some of Paul’s tracks are quiet numbers with piano and acoustic guitar. Others open up with electric guitar, drums, organ, bass, horns and sensational female backing vocals. With “Chasing Beauty” he stays true to form with another record that has earned the title of “Signature Ellis.” In an ever-changing musical landscape, Ellis Paul stands on terra firma with a sincere dedication to his craft and to engaging his audiences. Hear and see for yourself on Friday night.
Ellis Paul with Shun NG. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Opera House at Boothbay Harbor, 86 Townsend Ave., $20, boothbayoperahouse.com.
Triple your roots music pleasure with acts from Maryland, Vermont and Maine with a trip to Brownfield. I’d happily take the drive to see any of these acts on their own so it’s pretty awesome that all three bands will be taking the stage on the same night at Stone Mountain.
The Honey Dewdrops from Baltimore are the married duo of Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish. A couple of years ago I found myself in Saratoga for the weekend and caught The Honey Dewdrops live at Caffe Lena. I have been a fan ever since.
“Tangled Country,” the duo’s fourth studio, is set for a May 8th release. However if you hightail it over to thehoneydewdrops.com you can hear the record’s first track “Same Old.” “I’m ready to quit, I’m gonna sell the house, hit the road till the road runs out,” sings Wortman on lead, joined by Parrish’s harmonies. A mandolin among other acoustic and electric strings infuse the tune. Lyrically, the song tells of someone longing for change with a Patty Griffin kind of wisdom. Hit their website, Spotify, YouTube or wherever else your mouse takes you and get your ears on their music.
Next up is a string and vocal trio of Low Lily (formerly known as Annalivia). Low Lily is vocalist/guitarist Liz Simmons, vocalist/mandolin player/guitarist Flynn Cohen and vocalist/fiddle player Lissa Schneckenburger. Waltz over to lowlily.com, to listen to some lovely, high-spirited folk music. Low Lily’s sound is influenced by traditional music styles including bluegrass, Irish, Scottish, New England and Old Time Appalachian sounds.
Rounding out the night is the unstoppable holler folk force of our own local talent, The Ghost of Paul Revere. They’ll knock your socks off with three-part harmonies and songs that will have you stomping your feet and in search of an all-night music store to find on the way home so you can buy a harmonica.
A perfect night in Brownfield is yours for the taking.
The Honey Dewdrops, Low Lily and The Ghost of Paul Revere.8 p.m. Friday. The Stone Mountain Arts Center, 695 Dugway Road, Brownfield, $25. stonemountainartscenter.com.