"Folk, Classic Country, Roots, Singer-Songwriter, Americana"
Dusty James & Abalone Pearl Both Jim and Sherre began playing as teens in the iconic folk venues of the famed Gaslight Square where they honed their instrumental skills and the art of crafting tight vocal harmonies. Each possesses in-depth knowledge of the music that drove the ‘60s folk revival and can speak extemporaneously about each song they have carefully chosen for their repertoire. The musical styles are varied and include traditional folk, roots, singer-songwriter, classic country, blues, Americana and surprises. They invite the audience into the scene by conveying the joy that goes with performing tunes that hold special significance for them.
Dusty James (Jim: guitar, mandolin, harmonica, vocals) started playing and singing when he was very young, inspired first by his sister and cousins, and then by various musicians he met in coffee houses and other venues during the folk scene of the 1960s. His influences are endless, but early on included Leadbelly, Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Doc Watson, Mississippi John Hurt and Merle Travis. Over the years he has appeared with various bands and in numerous settings, both locally and nationally, including A Prairie Home Companion and CBS Radio; and he has had the privilege of performing on stage with the likes of Doc Watson and Roland White. He also continues to share his love of music through his long tenure as a guitar instructor at St. Louis Community College.
Abalone Pearl (Sherre: guitar, banjo, autoharp, vocals) started playing guitar at age 12 when she was inspired by Bob Dylan, Jean Ritchie, Mike Seeger, Memphis Minnie, The Carter Family and the folk movement of the 1960s. She became a professional musician at age 15, playing in the coffee houses of Gaslight Square and went on to be a member of numerous local rock groups. She has been a member of The Hot Flashes, an all-female rock group, since 2004. Her hobby is music history and she used it everyday for 26 years in her former business, The Disc-Connection, a CD/record store.