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Living Room Concert Series returns with a winter full of music

Steve Estes

Steve Estes

With a new year, the Center for Positive Living in the Village of Oak Creek, 45 Castle Rock Road, brings back its popular Wednesday night concerts known as the Living Room Music Series.

Wednesday, Jan. 7, at 7 p,m., the Living Room presents talented acoustic and pedal steel guitarist, singer-songwriter Bill Bassett.

Singer-songwriter-guitarist Steve Estes will perform Jan. 14.

Bassett was trained on the road, taught by the masters and seasoned by experience. He will share his music through a life of travel, the ups and downs of the road and the relationships formed while opening for or playing with artists such as Roy Clark, Johnny Rodriguez, Charlie Pride, Kitty Wells, Ferlin Huskey, Susan Raye, and the whole Hee Haw gang.  

Pedal steel guitar became his primary instrument in 1972 and its unique sound and complexity capture an audience's attention like nothing else. Playing pedal steel guitar unaccompanied is a little unusual perhaps but entrancing.  

Bill also plays acoustic guitar accompanying himself while singing his own originals from his songwriting catalogue, co-written pieces as well as a repertoire of popular songs that everyone will remember including a few obscure songs that he enjoys sharing.

Bill Bassett interprets songs in a way that brings out the joy, heartbreak, humor and pathos of life.

CPL Sedona's Music Director Shondra Jepperson said, "I started this music series over a year ago and every Wednesday night since, we've enjoyed amazing singers, songwriters, musicians and entertainers who have graced the CPL Sedona stage in The Living Room. Bill Bassett is opening up our 2015 entertainment schedule and I'm thrilled to have him here with us!"

Jepperson continued, "Most of the time Bill is performing on big stages unlike the intimate setting in the Living Room where it's an up-close experience for everyone and where attendees are encouraged to ask questions during the concerts. This is going to be an opportunity for all of us to hear an array of Bill's originals and get to know this artist behind his music."

Next Wednesday, Jan. 14, the Living Room at CPL Sedona presents a Living Room favorite, singer songwriter Steve Estes.

Following 12 years as a professional percussionist in the jazz and rock modes, Steve has risen to become front man, guitarist, and vocalist of highly successful bands in the rock, country, and bluegrass realms.

Residing in world-class resort markets such as Coeur 'd'Alene, ID, Vail and Aspen, CO, and Sedona, AZ, Steve has mastered his craft as a vocalist, accompanist, and especially, entertainer.

When asked what instrument he plays. he responds, "The audience."

Performing on both 6- and 12-string guitars, Steve's instrumental and vocal styling transcends an extraordinarily wide range of style, expressed as "Rock to Reggae, Marley to Merle."

Jepperson commented, "Steve Estes is a lot of fun. His originals are wonderful and I'm thrilled to have him back this New Year in the Living Room."

Every Wednesday, the doors open at 6:30 p.m. for tea and coffee with the concerts starting promptly at 7.

Admission is $10 cash only and because seating is limited it is highly recommended to arrive early since tickets are available only at the door the night of the concerts.

The music series continues on with popular songstress musician Adalia Tara on Jan. 21 and finishing up January with award-winning musicians and yodeling champions, Jim & Jeanne Martin on Jan. 28.

Wednesday evenings in February start off with singer Gail Kennedy accompanied by jazz pianist Steve Sandner on Feb. 4th, Guitarist James French on Feb. 11th, Steve Sander returns as a single on Feb. 18th and singer songwriter Rachel Marie Kimber will round up the month of Feb. in concert on the 25th.

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