Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Two legends

Off the road and on stage together

Express Staff Writer

Two local favorites Paul Tillotson, above, and Bruce Innes, below, are making concert magic this weekend.
Courtesy photos

    Paul Tillotson, whose zest while tickling the ivories with his improvisational jazz style has been likened to a horny teenager, will join the winsome and talented singer/guitar hero Bruce Innes for a special concert on Friday, June 13.
    The pair call the collaboration a show with “the class of New York City jazz and blues in the heart of Idaho and blues-infused songs and stories from a life on the road.”
    Born in Boise, Tillotson made New York his home from 1989 to 2009. The last of six kids, he started playing the piano at age 10, and his first gig was playing mouth harp with his mother, on guitar, in church.
    He lives in Sun Valley, and this winter marked the 16th year that Tillotson has played with his trio in the Duchin Lounge at the Sun Valley Lodge.
    Innes first started performing in a Calgary, Canada, coffee house called The Pig’s Eye with Joni Mitchell and David Wiffen. He went on to form a number of groups, and even sang with friend John Denver on his “Rocky Mountain High” album.
    He took a break from the road to be at home while his two children were growing up, but still wrote and recorded. He wrote and performed “Musictorials,” a series of humorous/satirical topical songs for Canada radio. He wrote songs for such notable artists as Ethel Ennis, Mickey Gilley and Ray Stevens.
    His show is a blend of original material, exceptional songs and personal anecdotes, some poignant, some peeks into his friendships with the famous.
    Tickets for the one-night show at the nexStage Theatre in Ketchum are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. You can get them by emailing as well.

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