Coffeehouse Concerts at TheArts@311

KASU presents Americana/ Country Roots Trio in Coffee House Concert

KASU Radio and the Arts at 311 will present a Memphis Americana troubadours   concert with Nancy Apple, Rob McNurlin and  Lance Strode beginning at 7 p.m. August 20   at 311 South Church St. in Jonesboro.  The trio will perform a   two-hour songwriter’s roundtable with one intermission.

Nancy Apple, named an “Emissary of Memphis Music” by the Memphis Music Commission, has been a   finalist in the International Songwriting Competition and was nominated for Songwriting, Vocalist and Community Service Awards by the Recording Academy. Her 2010 CD release, Shine, reached #24 on the Americana charts in the United States and #16 in Europe.  The collection of Nancy Apple originals and other tracks was recorded at Sun Studios and produced by Keith Sykes and Apple.

Apple, who plays guitar, drums, accordion and harmonica, crosses the genres of traditional country music, folk and rockabilly. She taught songwriting at the University of Memphis for 10 years and hosted a popular radio show on WEVL-FM in Memphis for 17 years. For 14 years she hosted the  Pickin’ Party at Kudzu’s Bar and Grill, a  Memphis restaurant. That informal type of jam session/song swap is the atmosphere that Apple wants to create with the other Hard Core Troubadours who will perform at the August 20 Coffee House Concert at the Arts at 311.

Country singer Marty Stuart referred to Rob McNurlin  as “my brother on the hillbilly highway.”  The Eastern Kentucky native has written and recorded songs that appeared on the Americana charts and has released 6 CDs including Cowboy Boot Heel produced by John Carter Cash. McNurlin’s latest CD, Rhinestoned, is a collection of original songs in traditional country style featuring legendary steel guitarist Kayton Roberts. McNurlin has toured North America, England and Australia with Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, Hot Tuna, and the Beatnik Cowboys. 

Lance Strode had a Billboard Top 100 record in the late 1980s, Dangerous Ground, on the independent label Bootstrap Records. As a staff writer for Nashville publisher Talbot Music Group, he wrote the title track for Johnny Rodriguez’ High Tone Records release, You Can Say That Again. Strode has performed with Merle Haggard, Jerry Jeff Walker, Kris Kristofferson and others.  After years of playing Memphis and Nashville bar scenes, Strode released That’s Just the Memphis in Me.

Admission for the August 20 Coffee House Concert is ten dollars at the door, or in advance at Jonesboro Infectious Disease and Control Consultants, 311 South Church St. during regular office hours.  The concerts are underwritten by Gregg-Langford-Bookout Funeral Home, Dr. Richard Stevenson, Dr. Carl Abraham and Jonesboro Infectious Disease and Control Consultants in cooperation with KASU Radio, the broadcast and online media service of Arkansas State University.