Fresh off an appearance the night before at the Coffee Gallery in Pasadena, the brand-new folk-rock trio Almost Kin will make its Santa Clarita debut Saturday, Dec. 3, at Bobbi and Jim Bell’s OutWest Boutique and Cultural Center in Old Town Newhall.
Almost Kin is none other than Michael Fleming, director of the city of Santa Clarita’s annual Cowboy Festival, together with pals Steve and Kathy Coon.
Before taking over the festival and joining the city staff as a full-time arts and events supervisor, Fleming led his own Western trio, New West, for 15 years.
Now with Almost Kin, he’s moving beyond the Western scene and taking a stab at a new style of music.
“(They’re) still story songs but more in the folk rock genre,” Fleming says.
An accomplished Western songwriter, in 1997 Fleming won both the Academy of Western Artists’ Will Rogers award for best Western swing song and the Western Music Association’s song of the year award for his composition, “Sometimes This Old Cowboy Gets the Blues.” It wasn’t a fluke. In 1998 he came back and won the WMA’s song of the year award for “Below the Kinney Rim,” which he co-wrote with fellow Santa Clarita Valley resident Les Buffham.
Rounding out the new group are voice-over artists Steve and Kathy Coon, who were two-thirds of Scambooty, a popular if somewhat raunchy comedy trio.
As Almost Kin, the three artists promise an eclectic-acoustic mix of new original songs and smooth harmonies with dollops of humor thrown in for good measure.
OutWest is located at 24265 Main Street. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the concert starts at 8 p.m. A donation of $15 includes light refreshments. It’s OutWest’s final concert of the year and a full house is expected, so reservations are essential. Call 661-255-7087 to reserve a seat. Guests should dress for TV because they’ll be on it.
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