The Rep in Santa Rosa Beach presents a night of music at 7:30 p.m. June 7 at the Seaside Meeting Hall Theatre with Florida troubadour Grant Peeples and Texas songbird Jaimee Harris. The show presents individuals with two very different personalities and styles whose talents combine to strike a powerful chord.
Harris has been called “the next queen of Americana-folk” and “an edgier Emmy Lou Harris for the younger generation.” That description certainly agrees with Harris, because as a child she was forever changed by a trip with her father to the Austin City Limits Music Festival where she fell under the spell of the likes of Emmy Lou Harris, Buddy and Julie Miller, and Patty Griffin. Later, as an emerging artist she would be mentored by Americana/folk icon, the late Jimmy LaFave.
Peeples is an award-winning singer-songwriter, poet, and visual artist who was described by Music News Nashville as “a guitar-slinging poet” and by WSCA Portsmouth as “the Woody Guthrie of the new millennium.” He was a finalist in the prestigious Kerrville (Texas) New Folk Songwriter Competition and is a regular performer at The Woody Guthrie Folk Festival in Okemah, Oklahoma, and the 30A Songwriters Festival in his home state of Florida.
Peeples met Harris in Okemah where they were both performers at the Woody Guthrie Festival. He soon asked her to perform with him at other venues on the Texas/Oklahoma circuit. They are currently on an east coast tour this summer. Peeples invited her to sing on his latest release, "Settling Scores, Vol. II," where her smooth and soulful vocals complemented Peeples’ gruff yet melodious style.
Doors open at 7 p.m. The show will include solo numbers from Peeples and Harris, as well as duets. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased at www.lovetherep.com.