Playing around 

Rick Stahl

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The Ranch Steakhouse, 575 Garden of the Gods Road, 593-1955 Thursday, Sept. 14, and Friday, Sept. 15, 6-8 p.m. no cover. SilverWood Hotel, 505 Popes Bluff Trail, 598-0726 Wednesday, Sept. 20, 6-8 p.m. no cover.

In '60s Detroit, Rick Stahl was one of the musicians driving a new explosion of rock and blues across the country. Though his rock band, called Wilson Mower Pursuit, has long since stalled, Stahl continues to carry a driving energy.

As a solo artist, Stahl focuses his performances on what he calls "folk-pop" a repertoire drawn from the best singer-songwriters of his generation, as well as his own originals. Forty-two years into his career, he hasn't forgotten where he comes from, and he hopes to remind his listeners with every show.

"I try to address my audience and bring them along," Stahl says. "I tell stories about the history of the songs."

While his performances can be a lesson in American music for the international crowd gathered at the SilverWood Hotel, Stahl most enjoys shows in which the audience responds to his music.

"I come from a city where people put passion and energy to their music, so I put a show to the performance," Stahl says. "I don't just sit there and have people ignore me. That's not my intent. I bring passion and energy to it."


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