"More Barn" Concert Series

Upcoming Concerts


January 26, 2018: Martha Bassett

Martha Bassett was raised on the bluegrass and gospel of her native West Virginia farmland. Classically trained, Martha is blessed with a crystalline tone, a remarkable range, and sultry delivery. Her performances are known for their emotional honesty and visceral impact, making everyone in the room feel she’s singing directly to them.  Her musical inspiration moves effortlessly through swing, jazz, folk, country, and rock guaranteeing playful variety at her live shows.  Mixing originals with choice covers, she navigates sexy torch songs, rip-your-heart-out ballads, and slinky groove tunes with ease supported by a band equally comfortable in acoustic and electric settings. With her fourth disc, The Goodbye Party, Martha explores longing, anger, loss and love.  The songs are heartbroken and wistfully triumphant. No Depression describes Martha’s music as “intricate and resoundingly captivating, each song takes me further into a scene.”


Regularly seen on stages at Merlefest, the Eastern Music Festival, Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival and concert venues throughout North Carolina and Virginia, she’s opened for Lyle Lovett, Tony Bennett, the Avett Brothers, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Jim Lauderdale, and Chuck Prophet.  Martha contributed music to the Sony Classics film, “Junebug,” as well. Her tours have taken her up and down the east coast and into the Midwest.  



March 1, 2018: Martin Garrish & Friends

Martin Garrish, a life-long resident of Ocracoke Island, NC, is a master of 'old time' country, rock, bluegrass and folk guitar.  He has been at the heart of the Ocracoke music scene since he was a teenager and was recently honored with the 2016 Cultural Heritage Award by Ocracoke Preservation Society for his contribution to Ocracoke Island’s history and culture. He has played different genres of music – acoustic, electric, rock, country, folk, jazz, western – in different line-ups over the years including the Graveyard Band, the Ocracoke Rockers, Ocracoke Jazz Society, and he has taken the stage at one time or another at all of the island venues. He's a favorite at the annual Ocrafolk Music Festival.  

Martin will be joined by:  Jack Willis (bass) and Aaron Caswell (guitar), also life-long residents of Ocracoke, along with Marcy Brenner and Lou Castro (also known as Coyote), residents of Ocracoke and owners of Coyote Music Den.

For fifteen years, Marcy Brenner and Lou Castro have performed together as Coyote. Marcy studied classical guitar and jazz until at 14 she joined her first basement rock band. While earning her business degrees at Radford University in the Blue Ridge Mountains she found folk music. Lou is a graduate of the Berklee School of Music in Boston and has played guitar and bass in numerous original and cover bands before forming Coyote and is also a principal player with Ocracoke Rockers, Aaron Caswell Band, Lightening Lou and The Blackouts and the red-hot Raygun Ruby.



Spring 2018 TBA - Amythyst Kiah

Due to inclement weather conditions, the Amythyst Kiah show for December 8th had to be postponed.  A new date will be announced as soon as possible.

A professed Southern Gothic, alt-country blues singer/songwriter based in Johnson City, TN, Amythyst Kiah’s commanding stage presence is only matched by her raw and powerful vocals—a deeply moving, hypnotic sound that stirs echoes of a distant and restless past.

Accoutered interchangeably with banjo, acoustic guitar, or a full band (Her Chest of Glass), Amythyst’s toolbox is augmented by her scholarship of African-American roots music. Her eclectic influences span decades, drawing heavily on old time music (Mississippi Sheiks, Son House, Jimmie Rodgers, Olla Belle Reed, Carter Family), inspired by strong R&B and country music vocalists from the '50s-'70s (Big Mama Thornton, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Mahalia Jackson, Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn) and influenced by contemporary artists with powerful vocal integrity (Adele, Florence and the Machine, Megan Jean and the KFB, Janelle Monae).



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According to rock ‘n roll lore, after completing his now legendary 1972 album “Harvest,” Neil Young hosted Graham Nash at his Broken Arrow ranch outside San Francisco to play his long-time collaborator some of the new tracks. The two old friends rowed a boat out onto a lake next to Young’s home, and suddenly the new music was playing, with his house serving as the left speaker and his barn as the right. When the engineer called from the shore to ask how it sounded, Young hollered back, “More barn!’”

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2201 Reynolda Road
Winston-Salem, NC 27106
(336) 758-5584