The music from two new CDs by Michael and Carrie Kline, "Wild Hog in the Woods" and "Working Shoes," will be featured at a concert Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Buckey House, 10 Main St. in Beverly. Michael Kline says, "We could think of no better way to call back our 20 years of singing together than by recording these songs drawing from the many sources that have captivated us here in West Virginia. We include off-handed ballads and love songs of an earlier day before instruments were widely available. We also cherish mining songs resonating with the strength and survival of working people."
He recalls in the early 1980s performing for the United Mine Workers on the back of a big, flatbed truck at a Black Lung rally in Washington, D.C. She adds that, "Coal miners have been the canaries of the American workforce. We honor people who organize across lines of race, gender, sexual orientation and language to gain justice and dignity for us all."
Whether working with Randolph County youth through the ArtsBank program or simply making music on the porch, the Klines write in the liner notes of their new CDs, "We sing to survive and to help connect the dots of our fragmented history. And we've not forgotten the country duets and love songs which bring a deep, settled peace to our souls." The new CDs will be on hand for sale during intermission at the concert.
This painting by Michael Doig appears on the back of Michael and Carrie Klines’ two new music CDs, ‘Wild Hog in the Woods’ and ‘Working Shoes’.
Join Michael and Carrie Kline Saturday for a celebration of duet singing and high mountain harmony at the historic home of Deb Farrell, owner of the Buckey House in Beverly, and host of a vibrant house concert series. In describing concerts in the home, Farrell notes, "It's a more social event than just going to a concert, because it's in someone's home. But it's open to the public. It's an opportunity for people to hear musicians they might not otherwise have heard. It starts with friends, and friends of friends, and gradually you get to meet more people."
Michael and Carrie Kline weave West Virginia stories and folklore with spine tingling harmonies on voice and guitar.
To hear them and be invited to join in on a chorus is to be transported to a country church, a one-room school, or mamaw's kitchen. From songs such as "Granny Get Your Stick" and "Come and Walk with Me," to "The Tennessee Stud," the Klines convey listeners to the times that really matter, from the coal mine to the hearth, with wild adventures along the way.
They sing of moments with family and friends and spiritual times, wrapped in a patchwork quilt of vivid imagery. When they sing kitchen songs you can smell the biscuits baking.