Emily Hurd brings Stone Blind Valentine to ‘Concerts on the Creek’ June 7

Online Staff Report

Emily Hurd and her band Stone Blind Valentine will perform at Rockford’s new “Concerts on the Creek” music series, hosted by United Church of Christ, 4500 Spring Creek Road, Rockford. The show will be at 7 p.m., Saturday, June 7, with free admission.

Acclaimed country-soul singer Emily Hurd is a prolific songwriter, best known for her clear voice, intelligent rhymes and bluesy piano licks. New York Times says of Hurd: “She sits at the piano, lips to the microphone, Frye boot to pedal, and speaks her mind — in song.” Her songs have appeared on NPR, as well as on television’s NCIS, 90210 and The Good Wife. She has produced 11 full-length albums of original material and is working on her latest, Soul Car.

Stone Blind Valentine is a project band that started as a way for Hurd to dip her toes more fully into bluegrass music. Joined by longtime Chicago musicians Colby Maddox and Gregg Ostrom, Hurd and the band combine gritty lyrics and unruly guitar, along with a layer of polish from bright mandolin and sharp fiddle licks.

While the group treads on bluegrass, they also dig into rock and early American country. They will be playing songs from their debut album — Burn Like A Field — at the June 7 show.

Learn more about Hurd and the band at emilyhurd.com and stoneblindvalentine.com.

For more about the June 7 show, contact United Church of Christ at (815) 979-1949 or online at springcreekucc.org.

Posted June 4, 2014

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