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Concert featuring Jim Carstensen

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  • All Ages
When July 26, 2014
from 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Where Vail Public Library's Community Room
Contact Name Vail Public Library
Contact Email
Contact Phone 970-479-2187
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Local guitarist and singer-songwriter, Jim Carstensen, will play a show at Vail Public Library. Carstensen recently released his seventh album, “Willie’s Chickens,” with all new original music that is a blend of country, folk and bluegrass bringing together ballads and love songs with a touch of humor. “Willie’s Chickens” was recorded in collaboration with Willie McDonald, who will also be playing with Carstensen on Saturday.


Carstensen has been playing guitar for 52 years after starting on the baritone ukulele at age 11. He taught guitar for ten years at the Guitar Shop, Ltd. in Milwaukee as well as playing gigs around the city. During his ten years of teaching many musicians shared their secrets in various guitar styles including jazz, folk finger style, classical and blue-grass. You can find the influence and Carstensen’s love through his writing of songs. However, some of the better songs he has written were right here in Vail, specifically a stones throw away from the last runaway truck ramp in East Vail.