Jefferson Ross in concert at IHCC
OTTUMWA — The musical grooves and great stories of Jefferson Ross will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Saturday on the stage of Indian Hills Community College’s St. John Auditorium. Admission is free to the concert sponsored by the Indian Hills Performing Arts Department.
Based in Savannah, Ga., where the Spanish moss hangs from ancient oaks like long torn veils, Ross employs his unique acoustic guitar style and southern, soulful voice to spin some of the finest story songs to come out of Deep Dixie in a long time. His song craft has been compared to Guy Clark, Townes Van Zandt, Rodney Crowell and Jesse Winchester. Ross’ vocal style is fresh, yet wizened by years on the road.
Ralph Murphy of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers says “Jefferson Ross is one of those rare talents that shines in any setting. To see him live is like getting comfortable with an old friend. To hear his records is to be invited into a warm, familiar place.”
For more than a quarter century, Ross honed his craft in Nashville as a staff songwriter, a studio session player and as a road musician and background singer for artists like Canadian Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year Terri Clark.
As a teenager, Ross played guitar in televangelist Jimmy Swaggart’s band and once got to play Duane Allman’s Gibson Les Paul guitar long before it was entered into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Returning home to Georgia in 2010, Ross now brings his solo show of original material to folks from Texas to Nova Scotia and tours Europe annually.