“Guitarist of the Year” – Jim Hurst

A tasteful and flawless performance by a Guitarist of the Year winner and nominee Jim Hurst.

Susquehanna Folk Music Society presents Jim Hurst Saturday, November 2, 2013, potluck dinner at 6 p.m. and concert at 7:30 p.m. at Fort Hunter Centennial Barn, 5300 N. Front Street, Harrisburg.

The cost is $20 General Admission, $16 SFMS members, $10 Students ages 3-22Jim Hurst


Two-time International Bluegrass Music Association “Guitarist of the Year” award winner Jim Hurst brings his impeccable, intricate guitar stylings to Harrisburg for a Saturday, November 2, 2013, Susquehanna Folk Music Society concert at 7:30 p.m. at the Fort Hunter Centennial Barn, 5300 N. Front Street, Harrisburg. The concert will be preceded by a free 6 p.m. potluck dinner.

To listen to Jim Hurst is to be amazed by his tasteful and flawless performances. Perfect timing and tone and an unusual picking style enchant guitar players from novices to his peers. That style is an amalgam of influences, beginning with flat-picking greats such as Tony Rice and Doc Watson and then adding the finer-style playing of Merle Travis, Chet Atkins, and Jerry Reed, seasoned with electric country and many other influences.

Born into a musical family, Hurst spent his youth playing guitar under the greats who influenced his style. His guitar work and harmony vocals for Holly Dunn’s Rio Band brought his talent to both the national and international stage. Going electric in 1992, he played guitar with Trisha Yearwood, touring extensively and appearing on numerous radio and television shows. He also performed with Sara Evans, whose 1998 album “No Place That Far” features Hurst’s vocals and acoustic guitar wizardry.

Wanting to play more bluegrass, in 1995 he joined Grammy-nominated Claire Lynch and the Front Porch String Band, during which time he teamed up with bassist Missy Raines. They broke away from the Front Porch String Band in 2000 to focus solely on their collaboration. Remaining faithful to their bluegrass roots, Hurst and Raines explored other genres, creating groundbreaking arrangements that wowed the bluegrass community. Their work together resulted in two recordings, “Two,” and “Synergy,” that received critical acclaim and brought them International Bluegrass Music Association awards as Guitar and Bass Player of the Year for 2001 and 2002. Hurst also was nominated again for 2013.

Hurst embarked on a solo career in 2010 to have more freedom to create his own musical path. In addition to three earlier solo recordings—“Open Window,” “Second Son,” and “A Box of Chocolates”—he has added a 2012 disc, “Interpid,” showcasing his deft guitar work and soothing vocals. He currently is performing full-time in the U.S. and broad and teaching at camps and workshops in the U.S. and Europe.

The concert will be preceded by a free 6 p.m. potluck dinner. Bring a covered dish to share. Drinks and place settings will be provided. Concert tickets are $20 General Admission, $16 for SFMS members, and $10 for students ages 3-22. Advance tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets at (800) 838-3006 or online at www.BrownPaperTickets.com. Funding is provided by the Cultural Enrichment Fund and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, administered locally by the Cultural Alliance of York County. For more information, visit the Susquehanna Folk Music Society web site at www.sfmsfolk.org