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‘Y’all Come’ hear Shelby Stephenson sing

Shelby Stephenson with his wife Nin
Shelby Stephenson with his wife Nin

If you’ve never heard our own poet laureate Shelby Stephenson strum his guitar and belt out his songs, you’re in for a night of fun and frolics.

At 7 on Friday evening, musicians from the Charlotte Folk Society will join Stephenson at the Pure Pizza Barn, behind Pure Pizza restaurant, 1911 Central Avenue.

You’re invited, and the event is free. But please register in advance at Charlotte Center for Literary Arts. admin@charlottelit.org

Stephenson was born in a three-room plank house on a dirt road on a farm out from Benson in North Carolina’s coastal plain. But he’s no farm boy on paper. UNC-Chapel Hill (B.A. and three years of law school); University of Pittsburgh (M.A.), University of Wisconsin-Madison (PhD).

You don’t sniff out any of that book larnin’ when you hear him sing (watch how he lures the audience into singing along) “Y’all Come,” “I’m Using my Bible for a Roadmap,” “Little White Church,” “Old Rugged Cross,” “I’ll Fly Away,” and others.

You don’t want to miss this, folks.

Dannye: dpowell@charlotteobserver.com

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