Singer songwriter Sky Smead of Chanute will be performing from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday for the Coutts Museum of Art monthly Brown Bag Lunch.
Smead grew up on the music of Willie Nelson, Hank Williams, Van Morrison and Merle Haggard. Hearing this “roots” style music playing on an old record player has stayed with Smead and is evident when he takes the stage to share his country-tinged tunes of working hard, dogs, money and good times.
Smead has released three full length albums. His most recent, entitled “Mill River” was recorded with his band at Signature Sounds in Pomfret, Conn. It is a rollicking bunch of songs, stretching him emotionally and musically. Those listening will detect touches of Gram Parsons, early Neil Young, Jim Croce, John Mellencamp and Townes Van Zandt in his music.
He will play an eclectic mix of songs reflecting his unique brand of music. Not really folk, not really country, and not really rock. It’s a little of all of that, mixed in with some blues – a really fresh sound that highlights his writing and vocal abilities.
The Coutts Museum of Art, located in downtown El Dorado, is a regional destination art museum that houses more than 1,500 works of art in an historic downtown building. The collection includes Art of the American West, contemporary American, European, and regional Kansas art. The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. The museum and all Brown Bag Programs are always free and open to the public. The Brown Bag program is funded in part by El Dorado Main Street. Check the Coutts’ Facebook page at www.facebook.com/couttsmuseum for updates on museum activities.