ZUMBROTA - Since meeting in 1971 and discovering that they liked to play the same old-time music, Pop Wagner and Bob Bovee have produced some of the most spirited traditional music around. Separately and together, they've developed and deepened their old time craft during 40 years of their accomplished musical careers. The two will appear at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 29, at Crossings at Carnegie.
Wagner is a master finger-picking guitarist, plays fiddle, sings, calls a mean square dance and also is purveyor of dry humor. He lives in St. Paul and performs solo and in various other musical combinations.
Bovee resides in the rural area of southeastern Minnesota. He performs solo as well as with Wagner, plays guitar, harmonica, autoharp and banjo; sings and yodels; and is also a humorist and storyteller.
Together they have entertained audiences spanning America, Canada and across the pond, including the Winnipeg Folk Festival, the San Diego Folk Festival, the Five Colleges Folk Festival in Massachusetts, and four tours together in Europe.
A Wagner-Bovee performance offers a generous dose of authentic cowboy songs and country blues. They have been frequent performers at such seminal Minnesota venues such as the Coffeehouse Extempore and on Public Radio's "A Prairie Home Companion." Tours together around the U.S. have included shows in 17 states, and a television program featuring the two aired in July 2014 on Prairie Public TV from North Dakota.
Tickets are $20 in advance and $23 at the door, available through Crossings. To reserve tickets, visit www.crossingsatcarnegie.com, call 507-732- 7616 or stop in to Crossings at 320 East Ave., Zumbrota.