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Howard’s ‘Blowin’ in the Wind’ to feature songs of Dylan, others

Staff Writer

Patrons can expect a touch of folk and a Bob Dylan-inspired show if attending local musician Barrie Howard’s Blowing in the Wind event on Friday.
Expect to have fun, take a trip back to the 1960s and be prepared to sing-a-long with the band, Howard advised.
Selections for the show include mostly Dylan songs, but Howard and his band will also play other pieces that influenced him as well.
“We’ll play the songs about guys chasing girls and girls chasing guys, but there are also songs dealing with some social issues, too,” Howard told the Times-News Tuesday.
When thinking of a theme for the show, Howard decided on Dylan because of his impact on music and the way he changed the rock ‘n’ roll scene, he said.
Howard hopes to represent the vast changes in the music industry that took place over the span of the ’60s, that started out with Beach Boys and The Beatles and ended with more folk-rock-types, he said.
This is the third performance of Blowing in the Wind, which in previous showings has drawn in both old-timers and younger generations.
Howard doesn’t identify with any particular type of music and jokes that he’ll play whatever those in charge want to hear, from rock ‘n’ roll to folk.
A 35-year resident of Lincolnton, he and his wife have always been active in the arts community; Howard was the first president of the Lincoln Theatre Guild in 1981.
Though the music world has changed a bit since his earlier performances, Howard stays true to his Frank Sinatra-inspired sound, but is able to find something for everyone in his shows.
Friday, he’ll be playing the guitar, harmonica and banjo, but not too much of the latter, he joked.
He will be accompanied on vocals by bandmate Katie Henderson, with Al Hubbard playing a bass made out of an old washboard – an old mountain-style instrument, Howard said.
Howard has had an instrument in his hands since he was 13, when he started playing the drums, and was further inspired by the up and coming rock ‘n’ roll genre when he purchased his first record, by Elvis Presley, in 1954.
Blowing in the Wind is free and begins at 7 p.m. at the Charles R. Jonas Library, 306 W. Main St. in Lincolnton.
“People might actually learn something, but will have a good time doin’ it,” Howard said.

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