Folk guitarist to play UWP Pioneer Student Center

November 20, 2002

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PLATTEVILLE - The UW-Platteville Pioneer Student Center will host its seventh in a series of concerts entitled Acoustic Wednesdays on Nov. 20, 2002 at 8 p.m. The series, held in the Pioneer Haus Brew Pub, showcases acoustic solo and small ensemble groups from around the United States. Previous performers have included Iowa's Joe Price, Madison's Liz Harvey, and Florida's Amanda Garrgues.

This edition of the series will feature Fort Atkinson native Jeffery Foucault. He has played both locally and on the west coast, spinning his unique form of heartfelt Wisconsin Blues. Jeffery's music has been described as "emanating a smoky melancholy, a bruised weariness that bridges blues, old-style country and alternative-folk into a contemporary blues form. In his song you can truly feel the hardships and joys this man has undergone.

Foucault started out at 17 playing John Prine tunes on his father's beat up mail order guitar, and spinning old records on a hand-me-down turntable in his bedroom. When he was 18 he stole a copy of Townes Van Zandt: Live and Obscure from a friend, and immersed himself in the Texas folk of writers like Van Zandt and Guy Clark. With the Dylan-inspired singer songwriter movement as a foundation, he waded through old country, alternative country, bluegrass, and blues, and began to identify closely with the Midwestern regionalism of Greg Brown. He discovered the poetry of Kenneth Rexroth, and by 19 Foucault had begun to try his hand at writing songs.

The concert is free of charge and food and beverage are available from the Pioneer Haus. For more information, contact John Hassig or James Foley at 608-342-1707.

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