Husband and wife pay tribute to Simon and Garfunkel
AJ Swearingen and Jayne Kelli will perform Simon and Garfunkel Tribute Oct. 12 at Lindsay Community Theater
LINDSAY – The husband and wife duo of AJ Swearingen and Jayne Kelli don’t have the creative differences that split up their idols Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, but they do have two voices in perfect harmony balanced against an acoustic guitar of which their musical predecessors would be proud.
Swearingen and Kelli will pay tribute to the music of Simon and Garfunkel as part of the Lindsay Community Theater’s 2019-20 concert series. The show is at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 12 at the Lindsay theater, 190 N. Elmwood Ave. in the heart of downtown Lindsay. Tickets are $19.99 ($15 for groups of 10 or more) and are available at lindsaycommunitytheater.com. For more information call 559-284-2223.
Swearingen and Kelli recreate the music, memories and magic of the most famous folk-rock duo in recording history, Simon and Garfunkel. Songs featured on their tour include “Sounds Of Silence,” “Mrs. Robinson,” “The Boxer,” “Scarborough Fair,” and “Bridge Over Troubled Water.”
Swearingen, born in Bethlehem, Penn., grew up in a house where the classic country records of Kris Kristofferson, Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, and Willie Nelson were always spinning. “I love that music, but the folk records of the early ’70s like Gordon Lightfoot and Simon and Garfunkel are what really fueled my desire to pursue a life in music.” He began playing at 13 and started performing professionally in his late teens. His acoustic guitar finger style echoes his influences — James Taylor, Paul Simon and Lindsey Buckingham — but his silky, soulful baritone voice is definitely his own.
Kelli’s voice is both husky and sweet, tender and bluesy. Kelli was born in the small country town of Lapeer, Mich. She grew up listening to her parents perform songs by John Denver, Jim Croce, and Glen Campbell around the campfire. Kelli began writing and recording her own songs at the age of 15. Her first release garnered praise from critics, calling her “a formidable talent with elegantly poetic and emotionally charged songs.” Jayne’s song “Sweetness” was chosen as an anthem song for the domestic violence foundations Victim Services International and Angel Wings International in 2015.
The duo is based in St Petersburg, Fla. and most of their tour dates are on the east coast, but they are stopping in Lindsay as part of their west coast tour. Swearingen and Kelli have been performing music together since 2010 and they have recently married. Together and separately they have shared the stage with Kenny Rogers, Crystal Gayle, Livingston Taylor, John McCutcheon and many more. They debuted their first self-titled album in 2013. Folk icon Tom Rush recorded and released their song, “You’re Not Here With Me” on his last studio release. The sophomore album, The Marrying Kind released on July 21, 2017, has been featured on Gretsch Guitar and The Daily Country. For more information on Swearingen and Kelli visit swearingenandkelli.com.