Floyd & Hurt get ready to rock the Grand Lodge

by: COURTESY PHOTO - Warren Floyd brings his guitar talents to the Grand Lodge Friday night. Casey Hurt (not pictured) will appear on Saturday. Two creative spirits from polar opposite ends of the music spectrum pour their hearts and souls out on stage this weekend at McMenamins Grand Lodge.

Rock and roll folk musician Warren Floyd performs covers and originals on Friday, Nov. 23 while the divinely-inspired Indie-Soul guitarist and singer-songwriter Casey Lee Hurt aims to move bodies and lift spirits through his music on Saturday, Nov. 24.

Both shows are free and begin at 7 p.m. at the Garage Door venue at McMenamins Grand Lodge.

Folk music hero

Nicknamed the “Forrest Gump of Folk,” local songwriter Warren Floyd has toured, shook hands, and shared the stage and company of many great musicians who have defined the latter half of 20th century American music.

Floyd’s song list comes from a 40-year intimacy in the industry.

From the Beatles, Bob Dylan and the Bee Gees to John Sebastian, Johnny Rivers, and Jimmy Buffet, Floyd performs hundreds of rock and roll and folk-rock covers of the 1950s ‘60’s, ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s.

Raised on a Texas farm, Floyd was playing piano, guitar and saxophone and singing in the church choir by the age of twelve. Over the years, the musician learned bass, harmonica, kazoo, accordion, autoharp, washboard and various other percussion instruments.

As a concert producer in college, Floyd found his way back stage to the music scene of the 1970s, working with bands and joining the production teams as a lighting director or guitar roadie of numerous artists, including the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, which he later toured with for some time.

His work with the Dirt Band led him to performances all the country.

In the mid 1980’s, Floyd was co-producer of Cominatcha Live, a local cable television series featuring local and national artists. He later operated The Boulder Folk and Blugrass Festival in Colorado, which also featured local, national and international acts.

His stories, from watching Frankenstein with Jimmy Buffet and coloring with Dolly Parton to hanging out with Richie Havens and touring with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, are as entertaining as the songs they inspired, which prompted singer-songwriter Mare Lennon to quip Warren Floyd as “Forrest Gump of Folk.”

There will be truth

Casey Hurt is the only son to a rebellious, God-fearing ex-preacher. At an early age he was handed a pawn shop guitar and an old hymnal, and neither have left his side since.

His music, a mix of singer-songwriter, Motown and soul, Hurt was a vocational pastor before realizing his greatest gift and ministry was to move the masses through his music.

With artists such as Van Morrison, Ryan Adams, and Ray Lamontagne resonating in his soul, Hurt’s voice has the kind of melodic tranquility that draws you in until you feel fixed in a state of divine rapture.

His most recent album, “Mended Souls,” debuted in the top 25 on the iTunes singer-songwriter charts. Lately, Hurt has spent most of his day touring on the road or recording in the studio.

He’s black coffee honest and his music is all heart and soul, “If I can push myself to be the most divinely creative I can be on stage and allow myself to get out of the way and be the conduit, the audience will see that,” said Hurt.

“They will see something as true as they can.”

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