From staff reports
Traverse City Record-Eagle
---- — Folk favorite Bill Staines returns to northern Michigan this weekend for two concerts in celebration of his new studio album.
The musician will debut songs from "Beneath Some Lucky Star" at the Ramsdell Theatre in Manistee on Saturday, April 6, and at Sleder's Family Tavern in Traverse City on Sunday, April 7. The album pays tribute to his life in music and to those he has met along the way in his more than 45 years on the road.
One of contemporary folk's most beloved artists, Staines is known for his sing-along melodies and tunes heavily inspired by the Atlantic seaside where he grew up. On "Lucky Star" he sings everything from original ballads of epic journeys ("Salt Air," "Lord Franklin," "Lightship"), to everyday story songs of love and loss ("The Road to Rustico," "The French Girl," "Ceremony") to a sort of love song to his first Martin guitar and how it led him to where he is today ("Along the Road").
In addition to his own poignant originals, he includes songs by some of the writers he has known and admired, including Ian and Sylvia, Pierce Pettis and Mason Daring — hearkening back to his early performing days when he sang covers and traditional tunes.
“I have always felt that I was blessed to live a life in music and to know that, surely, it must have been a lucky star that led me there,” Staines said in his liner notes.
For tickets or more information, visit www.manisteemi.gov (398-9770) or www.sleders.com (947-9213).