'Sweet' Blues coming Feb. 15 to Wineseller's Friday Night Live

Feb 05, 2013
Photo by: Donated photo “Sugar” Barnes and Dave Magill

The Classic Wineseller welcomes blues musicians “Sugar” Barnes (vocals, guitar) and Dave Magill (guitar, bass) to Friday Night Live from 7 to 10 p.m. Feb.15. Small plate Italian fare is served from 5:30 to 9 p.m. from the Classic Wineseller’s kitchen, 20 Church St., in Waynesville.
Karen “Sugar” Barnes was born in Washington, D.C., the daughter of lap-steel player, Three-Finger Dean Young. It was Young who first introduced her to a Harmony guitar. From that point Barnes focused on learning about music and theater. She attended the N.C. School of the Arts, taught theater, and performed in other parts of North Carolina.
In 1999, Barnes began researching and performing traditional women’s blues. She loved learning about early blues women like Bessie Smith, Etta Baker and Algia Mae Hinton. She also learned to play a single-string slide guitar.
Sugar Barnes has been a featured musician at MerleFest and many local festivals including: Cullowhee; Greening Up the Mountains; the Strawberry Jam; and, Bryson City’s Fiddler’s Convention. Barnes resides in Jackson County.
Magill began his musical career playing folk music in Boston coffeehouses. He played in several New England bands before heading to Austin, Texas, in 1973. For the next 25 years, he traveled the southwest performing classical and contemporary country music on bass, guitar, and piano. Magill now divides his time between engineering, and being resident studio musician at the Music Room in Webster.
Barnes and Magill have been working together for several years delivering refreshing blues performances throughout western North Carolina.
Each week the Classic Wineseller's Friday Night Live music series showcases local, regional, and on occasion, national talent. For more information about Friday Night Live and other live music events, visit www.classicwineseller.com or www.facebook.com/theclassicwineseller or call 452-6000.