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Dust Bowl: American Stories Allen Folk Festival

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Allen Public Library
300 N. Allen Dr.
Allen, Texas 75013

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Dust Bowl: American Stories

Allen Folk Festival

 When the Dust Bowl roared through Texas and Oklahoma, it intensified the misery of the Great Depression. Countless people fled their dirt-ravaged farms and headed to urban areas seeking employment and housing.  

 American roots recording artist Grant Maloy Smith, whose recent album "Dust Bowl: American Stories" was inspired by this period of American history, will perform for the annual Allen Folk Festival at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, September 15 at the Allen Public Library.

With an artful blend of country, bluegrass, folk, Smith will take you on a tour through the Dust Bowl where thousands of tons of dirt simply blew away, rising into terrifying black clouds. But within the hardships endured lie stories of love, joy, and the stiff backbone of the American rancher and farmer. 

This album rode the Billboard charts for 17 weeks, including 11 weeks in the top 10 on the Americana/Folk Album Sales chart and number 12 on the Country Album Sales Chart.  This singer-songwriter observed, "My main goal in writing this album was to capture the hardy nature of people who endured so much, set against the backdrop of the real-life drama of the Dust Bowl.  My album is a cautionary tale, but it's also about the triumph of the human spirit in the face of great adversity."

Smith has scored films including “Code of Ethics” starring Academy Award-winning actress Melissa Leo and “Pray for Power” with Lisa Boyle.  Frequently touring the USA, Europe and Mexico, primarily a headliner, Smith has also opened for other artists, including Rita Coolidge. 

Sponsored by the Allen Public Library, this concert is free. The Library is located at 300 N. Allen Dr.  Call 214-509-4911 for further information.