A free acoustic show at the Grove Theater on Thursday, April 23, will feature musicians from Maryland and North Dakota.
The headliner for the singer-songwriter evening will be the Maryland duo Jennifer and Scott Smith, performing as Naked Blue, a press release said.
“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,” the press release said. “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.”
Naked Blue has completed five albums, and their current release is “Weightless,” the release said.
“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,” the release said. “Audiences will enjoy Naked Blue’s intriguing body of music that seems to delight in keeping one guessing.”
The release said Brooks West, who now lives in Nashville, 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, West, a native of Fargo, North Dakota, has gone on to write more than 100 songs.
“The son of a mortician and a school teacher, Brooks has a unique, and often humorous, outlook on life that shapes his repertoire,” the release said. “His songs cover subjects ranging from death and destruction to love and hope and even the occasional ballad to office supplies.”
During the past 10 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.
Learn more about Naked Blue at http://www.nakedblue.com/home.html and find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/scottandjensmith?ref=br_tf.
Find Brooks on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/brookswest?fref=ts.
The concert is free. It starts at 7:30pm, Thursday April 23, at the Historic Grove Theater, which is at 123 Randolph Road at High Places Community Church near the new Kroger Marketplace in West Oak Ridge.
The show is presented by Masskus Productions of Knoxville.