The Lee County Library has joined with The ACMA (Americana Community Music Association), to offer free Acoustic concerts of all original music. Concerts will take place inside at the South County Regional Library 21100 Three Oaks Parkway Estero 33928, Saturday 2:00 Pm – 3:30 Pm
The ACMA is a Fort Myers based not for profit that promotes local artists who perform their own original songs. Come hear great original music and the stories behind the songs in an intimate Songwriters Showcase. Be prepared to enjoy an evening of professional quality acoustic Americana music. Americana music a coming together of blues, roots, folk and country.
Houseboat Jim, Elizabeth Lockhart, Ross Jordan
Ross Jordan has been writing songs since he picked up a guitar at age 10. He went on to study music and classical guitar at Rutgers University. His songs reflect the regional influences from all of the parts of the country that he has lived from New Jersey to the West Coast o the Mid-West and now Southwest Florida, His songs feature catchy tunes and lyrics and audience members can often be seen dancing and swaying and singing along while he performs. www.reverbnation.com/rossjordan
Houseboat Jim, played neighborhood bars and restaurants in 1957 and ’58 and then started playing in the Village
until I moved to Texas in ’65. I quit playing in public for several years and started up again in Las Vegas.
Met some good pickers there and played for about seven years. I retired and moved to Florida and started
playing and hosting open mics about eight years ago. I cut a CD two years ago and I’m playing around town
regularly now. No plans of stopping.
“Truly an original Elizabeth Lockhart’s eclectic, life-long journey through music informs her distinctive blend of traditional folk with elements of classical, world and blues music. Her sound combines soulful vocals, an intricate finger picking guitar style and detailed storytelling that culminates into unique original compositions, drawing listeners in even further through evocative and powerful narratives. There are simply no other musicians on the Southwest Florida scene delivering Lockhart’s style of music to audiences…”
John Davis talk show host, producer, cellist Morning Edition NPR WGCU
For as long as she can remember, music has been an integral part of Elizabeth Reece Lockhart’s life. When she was just
six years old, her voice brought chills to audiences during solo performances as she delivered gospel music with a rich, full vocal range. While in school, she won numerous awards in state-wide vocal competitions. She was selected to open for Reba McEntire at age 12. Later, she chose Opera Performance at North Carolina School of the Arts, reaching the professional status of opera singer with the Inspiration Point Fine Arts Colony Opera Theatre and the Piedmont Opera.
Elizabeth spent most of her early career teaching and performing classical music, theatre and art song literature. But it was when she found folk/roots music that she was inspired to develop her self-taught guitar and writing style. Reminiscent of 60’s folk revival women icons such as Joan Baez, Judy Collins, and Joanie Mitchell, Elizabeth Lockhart delivers this type of quality performance. She has the ability to tug at a listener’s heart strings through melodies, stories and rich vocals that connect a listener to an authentic, feeling place within oneself.
“Her music always communicates. Her voice connects. It is contemporary, and it is deeply honest.”
Cynthia Arnold – president and CEO ‘One Earth United’
Ms. Lockhart just released her debut folk album Master Key this year. The Oklahoma-born singer/songwriter co-produced with Chris Rosser who also engineered the album along with guest performances by highly acclaimed folk/Americana and world music players, including April Verch, Chuck Brodsky, Chris Rosser, Isabel Castellvi, Billy Cardine, and River Guerguerian.
Master Key is a twelve-song collection of smooth, hear-felt tracks that gently draw the listener in, leading them on a poetic journey, from the soothing piano sounds of ‘’Lifer’ to the more dramatic and descriptive narrative and cello swells on ‘Widows Walk.’ Lockhart combines hundreds of years old traditional ballads with her original, contemporary folk compositions. Weaving together elements of classical, folk, world -pop and blues, Master Key delivers timeless orchestration, haunting stories and melodies with something special that appeals to a multi-genre, worldwide audience.
Have a listen to her work as an artist, musician and songwriter on Spotify, Apple Music or your favorite music platform. Or visit www.elizabethlockhartmusic.com for music, videos and showtimes.