If you go
› Where: Songbirds Guitar Museum, 35 Station St. (South), 41 Station St. (North)
› For more information: 423-531-2473
MURIEL ANDERSON: VISUAL SHOW
› When: 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8 (N)
› Admission: $20:
ROCK THE ’90s USA
› When: 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8 (S)
› Admission: $12 in advance, $15 day of show
AN EVENING WITH BJ BARHAM
› When: 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 (N)
› Admission: $15
JERRY GARCIA COVER BAND WITH WINSTON RAMBLE
› When: 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 (S)
› Admission: $10 in advance, $12 day of show
› When: 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10 (N)
› Admission: $25 in advance, $30 day of show
PIGEONS PLAYING PING PONG WITH MUNGION
› When: 8 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 12 (S)
› Admission: $18 in advance, $20 day of show
BJ Barham: Translating life experiences into music
Mike Dougher, Songbirds entertainment coordinator, has worked with alt-country band American Aquarium for the better part of 10 years.
"It's been fun to watch them progress over time in style and professionalism," he comments of their success.
But Saturday night, Feb. 9, Dougher has booked just BJ Barham, American Aquarium's lead singer and songwriter, for a solo show. An evening with BJ Barham will start at 7 p.m. in Songbirds North.
"This will be my first experience with BJ doing a solo show and I'm so looking forward to it. There's something that takes place on the museum stage for a solo artist. It's such an intimate show — the words, the inflection, the bending of guitar strings just all add up to a wonderful experience. I'm excited to hear what new adventures BJ will sing about," says Dougher.
Martin Sexton: 'Soul-marinated voice'
When Songbirds decided to host shows within the museum, one of Mike Dougher's first thoughts was to book Martin Sexton.
"I had never presented Martin before, but had always wanted to and felt we were the perfect venue," says Dougher, Songbirds entertainment coordinator.
It took over a year to nail down a date, Dougher says, but it's finally happened. Sexton will stop in Songbirds on Sunday, Feb. 10, as part of his current spring tour. Show time is 7 p.m.
Sexton's songs have appeared in television series such as "Scrubs," "Parenthood" and "Masters of Sex" and in numerous films. But it's his live show — with his honest lyrics and vocal prowess — that keeps fans coming back. Rolling Stone described his voice as "soul-marinated."
"To me, Martin Sexton defines the word troubadour, a teller of stories. His voice and deft guitar playing add up to a wonderful performance each and every time," says Dougher.