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Grant Peeples / Mark Russell / Ezra Veitch at Stage 33 live

Before Grant Peeples makes his way to Woody Guthrie’s hometown of Okemah in Oklahoma’s interior to the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival, he’s going to play an intimate listening event at Stage 33 Live in Bellows Falls. Innovative violin player Mark Russell is coming with him, and local hero Ezra Veitch opens. Sunday, June 16; doors at 6:00, Ezra at 7:00, Grant and Mark at 8:00.

A “tree-hugger that watches NASCAR, and Buddhist with a gun below the seat,” Grant Peeples isn’t afraid to share what’s on his mind. He’s known for his axe-sharp socio-political tunes, raucous humor, and heart-gigging ballads in shows that are a churning mix of hilarious and dead serious.

Florida-based Peeples tours coast to coast, primarily as a solo artist. His four most recent albums were produced by Gurf Morlix, who has also produced Lucinda Williams, Mary Gauthier, Ray Wiley Hubbard, Robert Earl Keen, and Slaid Cleaves, among many others. He’s made ten studio records, three live recordings, and two poetry books. He lived on a small island off the Miskito Coast of Nicaragua for eleven years.

“The only songwriter I have ever called ‘ruthless’.” — John Conquest, 3rd Coast Magazine

“A man of deeply held conviction… and cajones.” — D.C. Bloom, Lonestar Magazine

“Comedic, acute, smart, intensely political.” — Mark Stern, WMBR-FM

“He’s the Woody Guthrie of the New Millennium” — Larry Newman, WSCA-FM

“No performer holds a crowd like Grant Peeples.” — Barry White, S. Florida Folk Network

Special guest Mark Russell is bringing his innovative violin to accompany Grant. Originally from Melbourne, Australia, he was a longtime resident of Tallahassee, Florida, where he and Grant often performed together. Mark also plays solo and with various groups, interpreting everything from Prince to classical to folk.

Popular local musician and artist Ezra Veitch opens with a solo set.

The suggested donation is $10, more if you can. 100% supports the players. Grant Peeple’s concerts as a solo performer are typically $15 to $20.

Seating is limited to 40. Prepaid entry donations made through the website double as chair reservations.

This listening event will be recorded and filmed.

Stage 33 Live documents live performances and presentations on a simple stage in a former factory building for downstream audiences. Only original material is allowed. Find more info about the project, and this and other upcoming events online at