About Ellen Stapenhorst
For over four decades, Ellen Stapenhorst has been entertaining audiences with her uplifting, original folk music, humor, and a love of bringing people together. Her rich and unpretentious voice (about which actor Tim Curry once exclaimed, "A DAMN fine set of pipes!"), strong guitar playing and insightful, well-crafted songs come from and go right to the heart.
Ellen’s life and musical roads have taken her from the LA coffee houses of the 1960s, to Colorado and the eclectic Aspen-based country-rock band Tanglefoot in the 1970s, to Nashville and Northern California, to her current home in western Colorado. She has shared the stage with or opened shows for many artists, including John Denver, Buffy Ste. Marie, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, John Stewart, Shawn Colvin and Frankie Valle.
Ellen is working on her fifth album of original songs, with personal, spiritual, social and environmental themes, and a little satire for good measure. Her song “Grand Junction” was featured on NPR’s Car Talk, and “Traveler” was on LA Acoustic Radio’s most requested list for two years.
About Bev & Greg
With a sound much greater than the sum of its parts, Bev Barnett & Greg Newlon jump the lines between folk, rock, blues and singer-songwriter soulfulness. Their original songs feature tight vocal harmonies and rhythmic guitar arrangements using sophisticated chord structures, partial capos and alternate tunings that reveal the sound of an entire band in just six strings.
For someone who found her gift of voice later in life, Bev certainly has a knack for delivering the essence of a song. Her tone has been called angelic – but with the ability to ‘turn down the sheets.’ Sometimes you hear the honeyed tones of Mary Chapin Carpenter, and sometimes you hear hints of Sade. What you might not readily recognize is the influence of her early musical immersion into American classics and jazz. By the time she was 14 she had adopted clarinet, flute, saxophone and bassoon as her musical family – and while classmates were rocking to the hits of the 70s, she was listening to Stan Kenton and Maynard Ferguson.
Newlon has been called a ‘deliberate’ guitarist who, with his casual yet emphatic style, brings you to an effortless place of comfort. His guitar and vocal arrangements are the result of a long and varied musical journey. His unique style includes use of alternate tunings and partial capos to elicit sophisticated chord voicings, and a percussive, full style that enhances every arrangement.
They have released three CDs to date. Their song “Lover’s Story” on their 2007 release “Any Doorway Will Do” was featured on KGO San Francisco’s “The Best Music You’ve Never Heard.” Their romantic duet “If I Can’t Sing With You This Christmas” was featured on NPR’s All Songs Considered Open Mic and has appeared on two Christmas compilation CDs.
About the House Concert
Seating is limited to 16 - please use the form below to RSVP and be sure to let us know how many are in your party. We consider your confirmed RSVP to be a commitment to attend and support our guest performer who is on tour from Colorado. We'll confirm your reservation within 24 hours, providing the exact address.
Wednesday May 20
Soup and Salad Dinner at 6:30 pm
Concert starts at 7:30 pm
Suggested donation $20-$25 per person
Hosted by Bev Barnett & Greg Newlon
Ellen and Greg go WAY back to the Aspen music scene of the late 1970s. She's part of our family, and we love making music together! First set will be Ellen, Bev and Greg "in the round' style. Second set will be Ellen solo (with Greg adding some guitar back up, no doubt).