Fred Love & Wally Neal at The Goldfinch Room

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Fred Love is a singer, songwriter and guitarist from Ames, Iowa. He released his debut solo album, “Lily of the Valley,” in 2017. Previously, he played guitar and sang in the band the Colt Walkers.

A native of an isolated farm town, Fred has always thought of his music as an extension of the most primal forms in the American songbook. His direct blend of country, folk and blues lends his songs an immediacy that taps into the hearts of the wanderers, misfits and strangers that haunt America’s rural interior.

Fred’s hometown seldom attracted the attention of traveling musical acts, so he usually had to drive an hour or more to reach the nearest music venues for live shows. Now, as an established DIY singer-songwriter in Ames, he embraces every opportunity to play the local bars and honky tonks of the rural Midwest in an effort to bring live performances to communities that rarely host them.

You can often find him setting up his guitar and microphone stand in an out-of-the-way watering hole on the plains, serving up his original compositions alongside classic numbers from the likes of Lightnin’ Hopkins and Hank Williams. Track him down on his Facebook or Twitter accounts to find out what he’s been up to. Or catch a show and experience his rugged blend of rural roots music for yourself.

View his website

Wally Neal is a puzzled pilgrim, carrying a wild, drifting collection of verse and fingerstyle guitar, where soundboards sing like ancient trees and meteors hum in the space between.

For fans of Van Morrison, Hunter & Garcia, John Fahey, Matsuo Bashō.

Admission will be $10 per person at the door. The Southwest Tower Doors will open approximately 30 minutes before show time. This program is made possible with the support from performance underwriters Bonnie and David Orth and Gwenna and Doug Jacobson as well as the Ames Community Arts Council.

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The Goldfinch Room is supported by Performance Underwriters Bonnie and David Orth and Doug, Gwenna Jacobson and the Ames Community Arts Council.

Goldfinch Room is supported by Ames Community Arts Council via a grant provided by the Iowa Arts Council. Funding for this program is provided by the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs as directed by Governor Kim Reynolds through an appropriation of Coronavirus Relief Funds to the State of Iowa through the federal CARES Act.