Poor Old Shine shines bright in Tiverton

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From their handpainted cereal box CD cases to their thoughtful arrangements, Poor Old Shine, a roots/Americana band from Storrs, Connecticut, is about honesty and handcrafted creativity. This is foot-stomping, mind-racing, dirty, down-home Americana. They travel with an assortment of instruments including guitars, banjos, pump organ, mandolin, string bass, musical saw, washboard, and a yard-sale, scrap-metal drum set. Poor Old Shine plays old songs with a new feel. Imagine banjos with paint peeled, shoes with holes and treadless soles, and music that is real, rooted in the folk and Appalachian mountain music tradition, and fits in well at bluegrass festivals and rock clubs alike. They have been compared favorably to The Band, John Prine, and Johnny Cash. Each set mixes the band’s original songwriting with traditional folk ballads, prison work songs, and front porch style jamming.

WHERE: Sandywoods Center for the Arts, 43 Muse Way, Tiverton

WHEN: April 5, 7:30 p.m., doors open 7

COST: $10 advance, $12 at the door

MORE INFO: BYOB & food allowed; 401/241-7349; www.sandywoodsmusic.com

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