Songwriter Buddy Tabor may joke about the depressive nature of his songs, but audiences leave his performances with smiles on their faces.
Tabor will entertain audiences at a concert this weekend that will feature a few new original tunes as well as some newly adopted covers. His lyrical content spans the spectrum from soberingly serious to lighthearted political satire, with a few love songs thrown in for good measure.
Event organizer Terry Hoskinson recognized Tabor as not only a fine music originator, but also a patron of other musicians in the local scene.
"He always goes out and supports other artists and is especially interested in new musicians and what they're doing," Hoskinson said. "And he's always got a great collection of musicians with him. This concert will be no exception."
Tabor will welcome to the stage a handful of fellow musicians he has collected over the decades he has lived and performed in Juneau. Joining him will be guitarist Jason Caputo, dobroist Paul Disdier, bassist and vocalist Albert McDonnell and vocalist Betsy Sims.
Singer Mike Truax, also a longtime member of the local folk music scene, will perform as the opening act.
"That'll be dangerous," Tabor said. "He's better than I am."
Truax calls himself a "song collector" who presents his own unique version of songs that have been written by others.
"He has so much expression and emotion in his delivery of songs," Hoskinson said. "There are so many songs that I didn't know I liked until after I heard Mike sing them."
The concert will kick off at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 21, at Resurrection Lutheran Church. CDs and refreshments will be available for sale during intermission. Tickets for this Alaska Folk Festival-sponsored event will be available at the door.