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A NEW MUSIC NIGHT: Naked Blue & Brooks West

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Thu., Apr. 23, 2015, 12:00 am

Historic Grove Theatre

A special singer/songwriter evening of acoustic invention. FREE

– Support these two special groups that Masskus has presented at various venues over the past two decades.

– Naked Blue hails from Baltimore and Brooks West is a North Dakota native.

– Enjoy a once in a lifetime chance to see these two great acts known for sweet storytelling, strong lyrics, catchy phrasing, powerful hooks, and a touch of humor.

“Baltimore husband and wife duo, Naked Blue did a set that totally put me into heaven. These two are just heartbreakingly good. The lyrics, the chemistry, the tempo and the addictive songs sent me home feeling like I had won a music lottery.” So said Diane Lilli in the blog at Jersey Tomato Press.

Headlining the show at The Historic Grove Theater in Oak Ridge at 7:30pm on Thursday April 23, is the Maryland duo, Jennifer and Scott Smith. They have been making beautiful music together for over two decades under the moniker, NAKED BLUE. Maybe that is the image of yourself as you emerge from the waters of the Chesapeake Bay on a brisk Spring Morning!

Whether as a duo or with full band their folky pop performances wash an audience with a glow of emotions to relish in for days. Both accomplished multi-instrumentalists, their music actually relies on strong writing skills and impeccable harmonies. Naked Blue’s trademark acoustic-pop sound in its simplest form is good harmonies, a catchy hook and Jen’s breathy voice that at once soothes and intrigues. This is evidenced in their 5 completed albums and most prominent on their current release; WEIGHTLESS. Whatever your taste, Jen and Scott seem to have something made to order and as the years go by, the selection grows greater and greater. Audiences will enjoy Naked Blue’s intriguing body of music that seems to delight in keeping one guessing. Learn more at: http://www.nakedblue.com/home.html and find them on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/scottandjensmith?ref=br_tf

Current Nashville Resident, Brooks West, will start the evening with his unique blend of elements of contemporary folk, country, and pop. The first guitar Brooks picked up belonged to his uncle, a wheat farmer in North Dakota (and not a guitar player himself). Since then, this Fargo, North Dakota native has gone on to write over one hundred songs. The son of a mortician and a school teacher, Brooks has a unique – and often humorous -outlook on life that shapes his repertoire. His songs cover subjects ranging from death and destruction to love and hope and even the occasional ballad to office supplies. Over the past ten years, Brooks has performed in coffee shops, bars, colleges, festivals, and benefits across a good portion of the country. Some career highlights have included playing the national anthem for a sell-out crowd of more than 4,500 minor league baseball fans. He has had the pleasure of opening for such nationally known acts as Grammy Award winning Doc Watson, The Duhks, Dan Bern, The Roches, KellyJoe Phelps, Shawn Mullins and more. Find Brooks on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/brookswest

The Concert is FREE to the public and begins at 7:30pm, Thursday April 23rd. The Historic Grove Theater is located at 123 Randolph Road at High Places Community Church near the new Kroger Marketplace in West Oak Ridge.