Connie Townsend & the Ginsangers will release their latest album, "Feast of St. Martin," with a concert at the Randolph County Community Arts Center at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Elkins' own Elm Street Alley Cats will kick off the evening, followed by The Ginsangers. Both events are open to the public.
Unlike earlier Ginsanger recordings, the Feast of St. Martin is the result of a creative process involving the entire band. Members Jeff Broschart, Seth Maynard, Roy Turner, Dave Parker and Townsend were all deeply involved in the process from start to finish.
Broschart is the group's drummer and harmony vocalist, Maynard is lead guitarist and harmony vocalist and Turner is bassist for the band. Parker plays resonator and six-string guitars.
Guest appearances on the album include Morris Kittle, who laid down clarinet and sax tracks on two tunes, and Denny Franks, who played keyboard on the title song, "Feast of St. Martin."
The new songs are varied in flavor and feel, ranging from the contemporary folk sound of "Circus Came To Town" to the rootsy country "Who's Gonna Hold You Now."
Several of the tunes have that particular sound that is recognized as the work of Townsend and her partner, Parker. They both have a history of strong songwriting that has received national recognition.
Townsend noted that the album was recorded at Lone Wolf Studio in Elkins and was mastered in Nashville. The cover of the album features the work of Elkins artist Vince Trimboli, with the graphic design being created by graphic artist and photographer Candace Maynard of Lone Wolf Studio.
Townsend and Parker have collaborated on music since 1998 and in one form or another, The Ginsangers band has been playing together for a decade.
Turner, who is from Braxton County, is the only member of the band from outside Randolph County.
Visit The Ginsangers' website at www.theginsangers.com for additional information on the band.
Tickets for Saturday's CD release concert are $12, and each guest will receive a copy of the new CD. Children 12 years old and younger get in free with the purchase of an adult ticket.
The Randolph County Community Arts Center, a nonprofit organization promoting and supporting the arts in Randolph County and the surrounding areas, is located at the corner of Randolph Avenue and Park Street in Elkins. More information is available at 304-637-2355 or www.randolpharts.org.