Art Stevenson & High Water, Cris Plata with Extra Hot

Art Stevenson & High Water

Cris Plata with Extra Hot

Sunday, July 9th 2017

8:00 pm


This event is 21 and over


Art Stevenson & High Water
Art Stevenson & High Water
Art Stevenson & High Water have been keeping the bluegrass music tradition alive and well in Wisconsin and the Midwest since 1993. Powerful, emotional singing supported by hard driving banjo and mandolin, on top of a foundation of foot-stomping rhythm guitar and bass, give Art Stevenson & High Water their trademark high and lonesome bluegrass sound. High Water's recorded output of seven CD albums has received critical acclaim in the magazines Bluegrass Unlimited and Bluegrass Now, and can be heard on roots music radio broadcasts around the country. Recording artist James King and country music historian Bill Malone agree that Art and Stephanie Stevenson rank among the best duet singers in Bluegrass music today. Dale Reichert is a hard driving master of the Scruggs style 5 string banjo, and a soulful Dobro player. Bruce King is a dedicated interpreter of Bill Monroe’s mandolin style, and can play dozens of Monroe mandolin instrumentals. Add Stephanie Stevenson’s heart songs and Art Stevenson’s show-stopping harmonica to the mix, and you have a night of bluegrass music you won’t forget.

Art Stevenson IS Bluegrass in Wisconsin! --WPR Wisconsin Life
Some of the best duet singing in the country. --Bill Malone, WORT Madison, Wisconsin, author of COUNTRY MUSIC USA.

I like an album that comes out with banjos blazing! --Mark Dyer, WANT Lebanon, Tennessee.

I have worn out my High Water recordings. Spectacular. --Rich Baker, WOSU, Columbus, Ohio.

What lifts High Water beyond the ordinary are the combined voices of Art and Stephanie Stevenson. --John Roemer, Bluegrass Unlimited magazine.

Nice hard-driving, in-your-face traditional bluegrass, as it should be. --Bo McCarty, WSIP, Paintsville, Kentucky.
Cris Plata with Extra Hot
Cris Plata with Extra Hot
Cris Plata was born in South Texas, the son of migrant workers. Those early days of living in different migrant camps and following the harvest from region to region, exposed Cris to a wide range of musical experiences. His early musical experiences reflect his Mexican heritage. This heritage includes Norteno (Northern Mexico border music), conjunto (elements of both European and Mexican music fused by early residents of South Texas), and ranchera (Mexican country) music. Today, Cris describes this as "Mexican root's" music.

Another strong influence stamped its mark on this man at an early age. This can be best described as the Texas singer-songwriter genre. Texas has long been the hot bed of musical talent that has been forged by its wide open vistas and its independent nature. Out of this landscape, Texas has "grown" notable and innovative singer-songwriters such as: Bob Wills (Texas swing), Townes Van Zandt and Lyle Lovett (masters of melodic story songs with a uniquely Texas soul), and Steve Earle (his "Guitar Town" is the epitome of gritty country-rock, a standard that Nashville writers have yet to reach).
With all of these influences, how do we describe Cris Plata's music in a nutshell? Perhaps we will have to borrow the term Tex-Mex and redefine it. "Tex" would now stand for Texas singer-songwriters and "Mex" would stand for Mexican root's music. But don't let this definition confine your impression of his music. Just listen to his music and the best definition will be your own.
Venue Information:
High Noon Saloon
701A E. Washington Ave
Madison, WI, 53703