Seattle musician Chris Staples arrives in Owensboro | New
The Daviess County Public Library will welcome singer, songwriter and indie rock musician Chris Staples for a performance at the library on Saturday, October 1.
Library associate Wesley Johnson said this would be the third time Staples has performed at the library and the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I’m a great musician, a great vinyl collector,” Johnson said. “I’ve been in Owensboro for several years now, and I’m fusing the fact that I know my audience and that I know the music.”
Johnson said he liked artists playing at the library that the majority of Daviess County residents may not have heard of yet.
“I feel like it’s enriching for patrons to be able to get exposure to new music, and it’s also an opportunity for the local music scene,” he said.
Staples, who honed his craft in the indie rock genre while living in Seattle, said he was looking forward to performing in front of a live audience again.
“I usually spin a good bit,” Staples said. “But since the pandemic happened, I haven’t really performed any shows.”
Staples, who has performed both as a member of several groups and as a solo artist, has described his music as a mix of singer-songwriter, Americana and indie rock.
Staples, who is signed to Barsuk Records, released their most recent album – “Holy Moly” – in 2019.
The concert will take place in the adult programming area on the second floor of the Daviess County Public Library at the 2020 Frederica St.
Staples said he enjoyed his time playing at Owensboro.
“The first time I played Owensboro was my first time playing in a library,” Staples said. “It’s an interesting place for a show. The second time around, the series drew about twice as many people. “
Local musician Taylor Dooley Burden will open the show for Staples.
“I’ve been friends with her for quite some time,” Johnson said. “She has one of the loudest voices in Owensboro, in my opinion.”
Johnson said he still enjoys trying to match a local musician with some of the foreign acts he books at the library, and he believes Staples and Burden will be a good match for audiences next Saturday.
“It’s about making customers happy,” he said.