German Village Gazette

Summer Concert Series

Folksy duo to play Frank Fetch Park on July 21

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Husband-and-wife duo Brian and Jessi Maxwell, who perform as Buckles and Boots will present a concert July 21 in Frank Fetch Park.

Buckles and Boots will bring its collection of boot-stomping country and plaintive Appalachian folk music to Frank Fetch Park Sunday, July 21.

Husband-and-wife duo Brian and Jessi Maxwell said they will be playing songs from their debut CD, to be released Saturday, July 20. The recording offers two discs: Dirty Listen and Laundry on the Line.

"We call it the Saturday night side and the Sunday morning side," Jessi Maxwell said.

The concert, scheduled for 7 p.m., is free and open to the public. If it rains, the show will be moved to the Meeting Haus.

The couple, both central Ohio natives who have been married four years, started out in more traditional rock bands.

Over the years, though, they found country and folk music more suited Jessi's vocals.

Still members of a band called the Song Birds, the Maxwells often perform as Buckles and Boots, with Jessi singing and playing guitar and Brian playing mandolin, banjo and bass.

"A lot of our roots are from playing around campfires," Mr. Maxwell said.

A Westerville native, he is a doctoral student in biophysics at the Ohio State University.

Mrs. Maxwell grew up in Old North Columbus and is a special education tutor at Fort Hayes Arts and Academic High School.

Music is still their passion and they play four to five shows a week during the summer, Mrs. Maxwell said.

"It's not our day job but it's more than a hobby to us," Mr. Maxwell said.

Mary Daniels, who organizes the shows at Frank Fetch, saw Buckles and Boots audition for Okoberfest last year.

"Their show is authentic," Daniels said. "It's original. Their musicianship is really good. They're very entertaining."

Buckles and Boots is the second of four acts performing in the Summer Concert Series in Frank Fetch Park, located on Beck Street between Fifth and Sixth streets.

The Adrienne Hindmarsh Quartet takes the stage Aug. 18 and the Black Swamp Saxophone Quartet finishes the season Sept. 15.