Emmy Award-winning singer/songwriter Bill Chinnock & his band will perform Jan. 22, 23 and 24 at Winter’s Hill Inn in Kingfield. The show, which will debut new material from Chinnock’s newly released album, “Livin in The Promised Land,” promises to be “an intimate unplugged concert,” said Chinnock. The show will be a preview of his upcoming New York performances in February.

Fans from western Maine know Chinnock as “The Legend of the North Country” and have enjoyed his unique blend of blues and R&B for more than three decades. “Livin in The Promised Land” is his first release in more than 10 years.

“I believe that ‘Livin In The Promised Land’ brings all the elements of my musical journey into focus. I wanted it to be an American music record that draws from our roots yet is hopefully contemporary and looks forward,” said Chinnock.

“My home is in Maine yet all of us who grew up in New Jersey – we have this big V8 engine in our musical car. We can’t help it. We awoke listening to James Brown, Wilson Pickett, WNJR Blues Hour, The Temps, Marvin Gay, Albert King.”

“We all use it differently, but that angst is what moves us,” the singer said, noting: “This is my first studio album since ‘Out On The Borderline’ and features my longtime bandmates, Tony Smith, John Kumnick and Harry King.”

“Livin in The Promised Land” was produced by John Kumnick, Paul Pappas and Chinnock and features seven new songs written by Chinnock.

It took a long time to write the title tract, Chinnock said, describing it as “a musical tribute to America and the price of freedom.” The album also features such classics as “Mystery Train,” by Sam Phillips; “Motherless Child,” by Thatcher; and Chinnock’s rendition of “When You Love Somebody.”

Tickets are available at Bull Moose Music stores and at the Riverside Cafe in Kingfield. Tickets for Thursday’s show are $15 in advance and at the door. Tickets for Friday and Saturday shows are $17.50 in advance, $20 at the door. The Winter’s Inn is a small venue; only 60 tickets will be available for each performance. For more information about Chinnock and his band, go online to www.billchinnock.com.


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