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The Iredell County Arts Council this week announced its 2019 concert series lineup.

In a press release, the council said that the concert series is “focused on bringing artists to Statesville that represent high musical quality and something that is not typically heard in Statesville.”

It’s the council’s third concert series, said Artistic Director Rogelio Calvo.

“We are proud to have the support of all our sponsors and the public in bringing these very talented professional musicians and original entertainers, Calvo said. “As promoters, initiators and supporters of cultural activities in Iredell County, we feel it is very important to present them in an intimate venue such as ours to enrich lives in the community.”

That venue is the Old Jail in Statesville.

Here is the 2019 concert lineup:

» Jonathan Byrd (Jan. 17): A singer-songwriter based in Carrboro, Byrd is acclaimed as a sonic storyteller who comments on distinct American experiences and has developed a unique flat-picking guitar style.

» The Harris Brothers (March 21): With mixes of old-time music, Southern blues, Appalachian bluegrass and contemporary influences, the brothers craft a commanding sound.

» The Bailsmen (April 18): With a repertoire of original works and new retellings of French and American swing and jazz, The Bailsmen blend gypsy jazz and hot New Orleans rhythm.

» Geoff Achison (May 2): Hailing from Australia, Achison is a blues-centered guitarist coming from the musical schools of rock legends like Eric Clapton and the Allman Brothers Band. His virtuosity on the guitar was recognized in 2011 as bona fide Patron of the Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society.

» Bob Sinclair & the Bid Deals (July 25): Standing at the crossroads of country, swing and jazz, Bob Sinclair has won the N.C. Grassroots Artists award for songwriting and performance three times. His backing band, The Big Deals, combine narrative and talent in a string-quartet style ensemble.

» Chatham Rabbits (Sept. 5): Paying homage to old-time music and traditional folk, Austin McCombie and Sarah Osbourne McCombie form a duo rooted by both matrimony and musical harmony.

» Randall Bramblett: (Nov. 14): With a resume that puts him on stage with artists like Widespread Panic, The Band and Bonnie Raitt, Randall Bramblett is a gem among Southern rockers. Rolling Stone magazine calls him “One of the South’s most lyrical and literate songwriters.”

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