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Doc Talks Series

Your favorite Carroll musicians are virtually gathering together (live on Facebook and YouTube) to share their own relationships to the mid-60s folk pop genre at the center of the documentary, Echo in the Canyon, and play a few of their favorite songs from the era! Moderated by blues musician Chris James, this free virtual event features local musicians Andrew Grimm (June Star), Walt Michael (Common Ground on the Hill), and Ben Sherman (Coffey Music). If the film gave you a new appreciation for the legacy of the Laurel Canyon sound or you simply want to hear more of those classic tunes, join us for this evening of conversation and music!

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The Panel:

Christopher James is a musician, teacher, and composer that plays music filled with passion, energy, and hope steeped in the Blues tradition. Chris’s musical journey has taken him all over the U.S. performing solo, leading his band, and performing with Guy Davis, Professor Louie, and Kate Campbell. His five solo/Christopher James Band albums have received nominations and awards from the Baltimore Blues Society, the Wammies, and the Maryland State Arts Council. He has taught all ages and levels of guitar, mandolin, ukulele, harmonica, and banjo for over 25 years at places like Coffey Music and Common Ground on the Hill.
Photo credit: Michelle James

Singer songwriter Andrew Grimm has been writing and performing songs under his own name  and with his band June Star since 1998. Drawing on rock and roll and country elements, his  songs explore the connections between abstract emotions with concrete experience. Grimm most recently wrote and recorded his fourth solo record, A Little Heat, with producer Eric  “Roscoe” Ambel (Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, the Del Lords, Steve Earle) at the outset of the  COVID-19 pandemic. June Star’s 17th record, How We See It Now, will be released March 26th,  2021 on Whistlepig Records.

Walt Michael‘s wide repertoire ranges from old-time Southern Appalachian, to Celtic, to breath-taking original compositions. His various musical incarnations, including Bottle Hill, Michael, McCreesh & Campbell and Walt Michael & Co. have spanned over 35 years and taken him from the coal camps of Appalachia to the Closing Ceremonies of the 13th Olympic Winter Games. As a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist he has recorded nine albums, appeared at the White House, the Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center and toured extensively throughout the US, Canada, Europe and the UK.  His music has been heard on ABC-TV, NBC’s Tonight Show, Broadway, BBC, TNN, CBC, OLN and PBS.  Walt’s most recent studio endeavor is as musical composer for the Outdoor Living Network’s documentary “Cowboy 101.” Walt is the Artist in Residence at McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland, as well as founder and Executive Director of Common Ground on the Hill, a traditional arts organization which seeks to promote interracial harmony through the arts.

Classically trained and raised on rock and roll, Ben Sherman is the master of many styles on the guitar, playing everything from classical to classic rock during his 30+ year musical career. He has won three Rammie Awards, been featured in Guitar Player Magazine and voted Best Instrumental Musician in the Music Monthly Readers’ Poll. Ben has released two CDs of original jazz-fusion and a classical CD with flutist Marlee Lindon. Ben is also a veteran guitar teacher, in demand by both professional and aspiring guitarists, who seek him out for his wide-ranging guitar knowledge and experience.