In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, Blues musician Tj will perform a show called “The Other Side of the Mountain Top at the Keene Public Library on Thursday, February 22, 2018, at 7 p.m.” The program will highlight the hopes and work that Dr. King was planning at the time of his death and include the back stories behind the classic Civil Rights anthems as well as the “masked messages” of secular popular folk, soul, and R&B songs on up to the music of today. Examples include: “I Shall Overcome,” “Oh Freedom,” “People Get Ready,” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.” Join in singing some of the familiar songs, and learn some new ones– all ages welcome.
Tj performs on a variety of stringed instruments including a 1 string Diddly Bow, 3 string cigar box guitar, National Steel guitar, mandolin, New Orleans style tenor banjo. He has a unique Bluesy Jazzy approach to the 7 string guitar. Throw in a washboard played with tap shoes, a blue kazoo, and a voice that has a gumbo of influences ranging from Charles Brown to Mississippi John Hurt – and you’ve got Tj…a one man Juke Joint!