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Free live music in Minturn

Andrew Fersch
Vail CO, Colorado
Special to the DailyStewart Mann and his band, the Statesboro Review will be playing at Kirby Cosmo's BBQ Bar in Minturn.

MINTURN, Colorado ” Friday night, Kirby Cosmo’s BBQ bar in Minturn will host Austin singer-songwriter Stewart Mann and his band, the Statesboro Review. After a live music dry spell, Kirby’s owner, Mark Tamberino, is bringing back some Friday-evening entertainment to liven up Minturn.

Mann has been a fixture on the Austin country music scene for several years with his mix of laid-back blues-style country with a hearty dose of rock ‘n’ roll for good measure. His time performing with southern rock band 5 Mile in Austin clearly still influences his music style although these days, you hear a tinge of his personal influences, such as Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings, in his songwriting.

Make no mistake, though, while he may have the soul of an older singer, his style and sound is similar to groups like Reckless Kelly, or Cross Canadian Ragweed, and there is an eerie resemblance to The Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash’s lead vocalist, Mark Stuart. Few larger compliments can be made about the quality of a singer’s voice (except maybe being compared not with the Bastard Son, but with Johnny Cash).

Mann’s seven-song album, “Stuck In Here,” (released in 2006) showcases his versatility and thoughtfulness in his writing.

Although he leans toward more thoughtful, slower ballads such as “Brink of Heartache” and “Please Come Home,” there is a pressing feeling that a young man such as Mann will be mixing up his live show with a few upbeat country-rock songs such as “Stuck In Here,” as well.

Those who love their broken-heart love songs upbeat and about one-nighters, won’t be disappointed. In addition to his own music, Mann’s live repertoire includes covers of anything from Cash to the Stones.

The show marks Mann’s only Colorado appearance scheduled in the next five months, as he is currently focusing his attention on the Texas country-music scene. His group, the Statesboro Review, will be playing with him and features Scott Enyart on lead guitar, Brad Schroeder on bass, Beau Wadley on drums and potentially a surprise rhythm guitarist or two.

Tamberino hopes to kick-start more live music around town, and he’s not the only one. Local Battle Mountain High School teacher Bonnie Thoe summed up her thoughts after a recent visit to Kirby’s, saying “Nothing can beat live music and the best pulled pork in the valley!”

The free show begins at 8 p.m., and Kirby’s will be offering a meal special.

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