A hope and a prayer to play at Carnegie Hall helped fuel one man's passion for playing and writing music, and he's our featured live Take 10 performer at noon Friday, Aug. 4, on the Gazette News Facebook platform.
Jon E. Boothe said when an audience sees and hears him perform on his harmonica, piano or guitar, "They are going to feel the music and the energy and are going to feel and hear the stories in the lyrics I write."
Boothe started playing and writing music at age 13. He says his biggest inspirations were his aunt and uncle from Nashville. "My uncle turned me on to music like Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones. I also heard a song called 'Hurricane' from the movie about the boxer and wanted to write and play songs after that moment." His aunt is a singer, and his uncle is a guitarist.
Boothe doesn't believe in labels when it comes to his musical style. He defines it as a healthy mix of Americana, rock, blues and soul. He says a song he wrote 1½ months ago called "Last Night" really personifies his music. He will play it during his live Take 10 performance.
Building to that musical apex of playing at Carnegie Hall is a step-by-step process for Boothe, "I want to keep going and touch more people and make them feel good, whether it be sad, comforting or happy."
Boothe will have his moment to play for you during the noon hour Friday on the Gazette News Facebook platform on our exclusive Take 10 segment.
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