Gleewood and Bennet performing at The Garage Tuesday

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On Tuesday, May 17, Ruidoso, New Mexico-based folk rock band Gleewood will perform at The Garage Coffee, Music & More. Salt Lake City, Utah, one-man-band Tom Bennett will also be performing.

Always sure to bring a uniquely southwestern interpretation of folk, roots, and rock‘n’roll, Gleewood steps out in their Converse and cowboy boots, spreading their hippie-meets-western folk rock across the U.S., leading with vocal ingenuity, catchy melodies, and uplifting stage presence.

Since its conception, the Gleewood project has performed over 350 shows on their national tours, opened for big-time acts such as the Marshall Tucker Band and John Michael Montgomery, and performed at the Sundance Film Festival on several occasions. To label them just “folk-rock” would be too hasty—Gleewood’s unique and diversified sound offers something for everyone.

Equally important to Gleewood’s special sound are the uplifting messages behind it. Each performance intertwines music and storytelling that touches on the values of love, family, and positivity through life’s daily challenges and triumphs, and is done in a way that’s appealing to both the young and young-at-heart. The Gleewood trio takes great pains to make each concert wholesome and personal, engaging the audience as if they were their own family. The band has a laid-back stage presence and their sound is at once recognizable and their own.

Jhett’s bass baritone vocals weld with Callie’s high clear melodies to produce an enjoyable sound reminiscent of some of the 70’s singer-songwriter scene. Their original material is evoked with instrumental ingenuity and lyrics, reflecting day-­to-day dilemmas uplifted with their Christian faith, and made emotionally tangible with a raw, organic feel.

With love for their American rock’n’roll roots, and a nod to folk tradition, Gleewood has achieved a truly timeless sound.

Tom Bennett is an authentic folk blues one-man-band. Born and raised in the rural North Georgia Countryside, Tom was given his first harmonica by an old lady from West Virginia at nine years old. Many long hours were spent on the hayfields of Eagle Crest ranch learning the blues. He left the South and headed west, seeking religion, at age 19. He fell in with Mormon polygamists, studied Tibetan Buddhism and eventually became a cocaine dealer in Salt Lake City. He was arrested at 26 years old and after going through rehabilitation and the legal system Tom decided to make things right and began working for the Boys and Girls Club. He was a club director when, at age 32, he began playing the guitar. He was discovered by a nationally touring blues band and invited to join them on the road as the opening act. Tom has stayed on the road since 2013, completing many national tours after recording his debut album, “The Man Who Shook The Trail of The Devil’s Hounds,” on Sweet Salt Records. 

Show begins at 7 p.m. 

Tickets can be purchased online at www.TheGarageTX.com or The Garage in Fort Stockton. Tickets are required for all attendees aged eight and up. Ages seven and under are free.

The Garage Coffee Music & More, 1110 North Main Street, is a small coffee shop and live music venue in Fort Stockton committed to bringing a variety of music and entertainment to the community. Shows are all-ages. Visit TheGarageTX.com or call (432) 701-0588 for more information. 

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