GARDINER — Johnson Hall Performing Arts Center on Water Street will present Samuel James – Guitar Man at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8.

James is in a class by himself. Among the most creative guitar players performing today, this blues-based singer/songwriter has dazzled audiences around the world for the better part of a decade. A mixture of Charlie Patton, Preston Reed, Bill Withers and Townes Van Zandt, James will have you stomping your feet, wondering how he’s getting all those sounds out of one guitar, remembering old heartbreaks and falling in love all over again.

James was born the last in a long line of performers. His critically acclaimed trilogy of albums, Songs Famed for Sorrow and Joy (2008) For Rosa, Maeve and Noreen (2009) And for the Dark Road Ahead (2012) for Toronto’s Northern Blues label has gained him praise not only for carrying on great traditions, but for being an innovator as well. He has received standing ovations for his performances from Maine to California, as well as Canada and throughout Europe.

For more information, visit, contact the box office at 207-582-7144, or visit the office from noon to 3 p.m. Tuesday to Friday. Johnson Hall is now licensed to serve beer and wine; cash bar available before the show and at intermission.

Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $16 for adults, $14 for seniors and $12 for children. Vintage Wine Bar VIP tickets are $20.

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