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Friday To-Do: Muriel Anderson

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MURIEL ANDERSON
7:30 p.m., Acoustic Sounds Cafe, 2nd Presbyterian Church. $8-$10.

Muriel Anderson comes to Acoustic Sounds Cafe with quite a pedigree. A granddaughter of a saxophonist in John Phillips Sousa's band, Anderson studied classical guitar at DePaul, then went on to work with guitar greats Christopher Parkening and Chet Atkins. Later, she became the first woman to win the National Fingerpicking Guitar Championship. Today, she's widely regarded as the premier woman fingerstyle guitarist. According to Acoustic Sounds, her repertoire extends through dozens of genres and eras — from Bach to the Beatles, Spanish flamenco to Japanese Koto music, Sousa marches to her own Weavers-style folk-pop. With 12 albums under her belt (and three in Japan), Anderson comes to Little Rock in support of the albums “Wildcat” and “Harp Guitar Christmas,” a selection of Christmas carols played on a wooden harp guitar. Little Rock's Tom Cox Jazz Quartet opens with Cox on piano and Barry McVinney on sax/flute, Joe Vick on bass and Brian Brown on drums.

NOTE: This is the last performance at Acoustic Sounds Cafe for the indefinite future.

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