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Jay Goldberg Events and Entertainment, CU Folk and Roots Festival, and Blackbird Urbana Present...

CU Folk and Roots Festival (Thursday)

with Carolyn Sills Combo & The Bashful Youngens

October 24

9:00 pm

9PM Show

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Carolyn Sills Combo

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The Carolyn Sills Combo’s flavor of gourmet country peels back the layers of western roots to tuck in genuine storytelling, solid musicianship, tight arrangements and good times. Although Sills prefers to write songs from experience, she writes fantastic fiction. “Even Villains Once Were Babies” tells a tale of the lamenting mothers of outlaws. “I was listening to Marty Robbins and I thought, ‘How would he write a song from a woman’s perspective?’” Sills says. Early country music is perpetually being digested through the combo. Ennio Morricone’s climactic soundtracks spawned a collection of their swing songs. Patsy Cline is Sills’ biggest vocal muse. Merle Travis influenced the way Egan picks his guitar, while Bob Wills’ legendary live performances inspire the band to put on a proper party for their audience.

The Bashful Youngens

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Formed in 2015, The Bashful Youngens are an Americana band out of Champaign, Illinois featuring Carrie Chandler and Aaron Short. Carrie and Aaron grew up 15 minutes apart, in Pontiac, IL and Forrest, IL, respectively. But they didn’t meet until a few years later, in college, at a party where they happened to spontaneously performed a song together. Fast forward to 2016 where they recorded and released their self titled debut album and to 2017 where they recorded and released their EP, “Inflorescent.” After adding a few more band members along the way (Brian Hilderbrand, Mitchell Killough, Stephen Johnson and Matt Chupp) The Bashful Youngens have shared the stage with artists like Paul Thorn, Jana Kramer, Lydia Loveless and Parker Millsap.

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