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March 20, 2012 > Guitarist/songwriter Walter Strauss at The Mudpuddle Shop

Guitarist/songwriter Walter Strauss at The Mudpuddle Shop

Submitted By Michael McNevin

Walter Strauss, guitar wizard and songwriter, will be appearing at The Mudpuddle Shop in Niles on Sunday, March 25, preceded by an opening set by Michael McNevin. RSVPs are a very good idea for this show, as there are only 25 seats.

Walter Strauss tours the planet, but he's also headlined the Niles Town Plaza Summer Concert Series as a duo a couple years back with Grammy-winning kora player Mamadou Diabate. An amazing fingerstylist and singer/songwriter, Walter's influences and travels have led him on a musical journey where very few can go. To hear him solo at The Mudpuddle Shop is going to be a treat. If you play guitar or appreciate guitar, your jaw will drop. He tours solo in the U.S. and abroad and also plays locally as The Walter Strauss Trio with bassist Sam Bevan (David Grisman, Joe Craven) and drummer/percussionist Kendrick Freeman (Alison Brown, Joe Craven).

Walter has collaborated with wide-ranging talents, including a duo with 2010 Grammy-winning kora player Mamadou Diabate, guitar virtuoso Alex de Grassi, and The Burns Sisters. He's worked with musicians from West Africa to Australia and Finland, and masterfully weaves threads of American roots, world music traditions, and jazz into a brand uniquely his own. His songs have the groove and fire of an African dance party, the dynamics and textures of a string orchestra, and the back-porch soul of American roots music. Learn more about Walter at his website:

A San Francisco Bay Area native, Michael McNevin started his career with a six-month stint in New York City, cutting his troubadour teeth in the subways and streets of Greenwich Village. Now a veteran of the folk scene, Michael has logged 15 years of concerts across the U.S., and has been a main stager at some of the bigger music festivals around, including the Strawberry, Kerrville, High Sierra, and Philadelphia folk festivals. Billed in clubs and halls with the likes of Johnny Cash, Shawn Colvin, Donovan, and hundreds of others on the songwriter circuit, he has a seasoned voice, accomplished steel string guitar work, and a vivid brand of storytelling. He is a winner of the Kerrville New-folk award in Texas, six-time winner of the West Coast Songwriters Association "Song Of The Year," and Performing Songwriter Magazine as a Top 12 "DIY Artist Of The Year." He also owns and operates The Mudpuddle Shop, a converted barbershop in the historic downtown Niles district in Fremont, California, offering concerts, jams, art, steam train operations, guitar lessons, and acoustic mayhem. More info about Michael is at:

Walter Strauss and Michael McNevin
Sunday, Mar 25
7 p.m.
The Mudpuddle Shop
37433 Niles Blvd., Fremont
(510) 794-9935
$15 donation

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