Stray Birds, Phil & Gaye Johnson perform July 27

Published 2:56 pm Tuesday, July 24, 2012

The Stray Birds

Summer Tracks concert series continues
The Stray Birds and local favorites Phil & Gaye Johnson fill the bill for the fourth show in the 2012 Summer Tracks Concert Series. Sponsored by WNCW 88.7, the show takes place in Rogers Park in Tryon on Friday, July 27 at 7 p.m.
Opening the evening, Phil and Gaye Johnson represent a new tradition in today’s “Americana” Country music. With 20 years of performing experience, Phil and Gaye offer a unique blend of traditional and contemporary folk, bluegrass and country music, along with generous portions of western swing, cowboy, blues and old-time traditions. They are prolific songwriters and storytellers, and they travel from their home in Polk County to perform throughout the United States.
The Stray Birds also draw upon the richness of American folk music traditions. Known for their songwriting and three-part harmony, the group’s members were raised on music within a few miles of farmland from each other. The Stray Birds feature the voices of Maya de Vitry and Oliver Craven, grounded by bassist Charles Muench.
As with all Summer Tracks concerts, the show is free, though a voluntary donation at the gate is encouraged. Audience donations along with the sponsorships of local businesses make these shows possible. Again, JR’s wood-fired pizzas, ice cream, water and soft drinks will be for sale. Organizers request that you please leave your dogs at home.

Phil and Gaye Johnson

The Summer Tracks series of six concerts offers a mix of musical styles. Concerts run from 7-10 p.m. Yet to come this year are:
July 27 The Stray Birds, Phil & Gaye Johnson
Aug. 10 Sol Driven Train (will open with their children’s show)
Aug. 24 The Bad Popes, The Swayback Sisters
Summer Tracks is produced by the Town of Tryon in affiliation with Peter Eisenbrown of Blockparty Productions. The popular series attracts people from all over the region. Last year, the concerts drew an estimated 2,000 people to downtown Tryon.
For more information about Summer Tracks and the performers, contact Polk County Travel and Tourism at 800-440-7848 or 828-894-2324 and visit
– article submitted by Peter Eisenbrown

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