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National guitar champions TODD HALLAWELL AND ROBIN KESSINGER to perform LIVE AT THE LINEN July 22

Hallawell (fingerstylist) and Kessinger (flatpicker) bringing intimate, dynamic live show to Boise for the first time

Virtuosos have won numerous awards and competitions and had their music featured in television, film and theater productions


Live at the Linen presents the Boise debut of national guitar champions Todd Hallawell and Robin Kessinger at 7 p.m. Friday, July 22, at the Linen Building, 1402 W. Grove St. in Downtown Boise's Linen District. Dan Costello will open. $15 advance, $18 at the door; advance tickets available at All ages, full bar (I.D. required), Pie Hole pizza. Plenty of free, off-street parking is available at the Linen Building.

When fingerstylist Todd Hallawell ( and flatpicker Robin Kessinger ( take the stage together, guitar aficionados will want to be in the front row! The musical collaboration of these two leading players of the acoustic guitar showcases not only each player's technical brilliance, but also a crop of lovely original tunes performed in a musical dialogue of great taste, subtlety and charm. Kessinger, from St. Albans, West Virginia and Hallawell, originally from California and now living near Richmond, Virginia, have different backgrounds yet are united by the common bond of dynamic and virtuosic musicianship.

As you listen to Hallawell and Kessinger, you will get the distinct impression that they are as comfortable on stage as they would be in your living room or sitting around a campfire at a music festival. But as you listen a bit closer, you'll begin to realize you are hearing a close musical friendship. Their guitars seem to run, soar, laugh, whisper and cry. And because their individual musical styles come from vastly different roots, Hallawell and Kessinger have been able to create an entirely new musical adventure for their audiences to enjoy. Whether they're playing a traditional fiddle tune, an intricate ragtime piece, or singing a heartfelt ballad, they provide the audience with plenty of smiles and laughter and an exciting, unforgettable musical experience.

Robin Kessinger has won too many guitar contests to mention, including the National Flatpicking Championship in Winfield, Kansas, the West Virginia State Championship, and titles in Georgia, Ohio, Virginia and Kentucky, to name a few. The Kessinger family's musical heritage is a rich one dating back generations. Robin's great uncle and former teacher Clark Kessinger was a legendary old-time fiddler who recorded over 70 sides with Brunswick in the 1920s and was one of the most popular and influential fiddlers of his generation. As a young child, Robin found the music of his family enthralling and took up the guitar, perfecting the flat-pick style of playing. Today, he headlines festivals and participates in guitar contests throughout the nation as performer, judge and instructor. He has been featured on PBS and BBC television specials and National Public Radio. In 2009, a music festival named in his honor was inaugurated in his home state; The Robin Kessinger Festival and Guitar Competition is held annually.

Todd Hallawell is one of those musicians who feels at home with just about any style of music. This is primarily due to his broad musical exposure growing up, but also to the many hats he has worn during his musical career. Since receiving a performance degree in classical guitar, he has worked as music teacher, composer and arranger, recording engineer, music editor, producer, and record label owner. But it is his work with the fingerstyle guitar that will always be remembered. Hallawell has received multiple awards as a guitarist, including the National Fingerstyle Guitar Champianship in Winfield, Kansas, and his compositions have been selected for both film and theatrical presentations.

When music critics describe Hallawell's playing, their comments seem to have a common thread:

" The elocution, the execution, and the inherent musicality of this artist's work becomes immediately apparent ... Hallawell is a player's player ... with a seemingly effortless dexterity, he articulates notes as such, without the artifacts of effort ... In short, he makes the competition sound clumsy."  Steve Klingaman/Minor 7th

"Hallawell attacks his steel-strings with the precision of John Williams and punch of Jerry Reed ... an extraordinary fingerpicker."  Andy Ellis/Guitar Player Magazine.

"What tone ... what sound ... what touch."  Jon Chappell/Frets Magazine

Dan Costello ( has been a prominent player on Boise's music scene for over 15 years. In addition to performing solo and in the popular cover band Spindlebomb, he has been an adjunct guitar professor at Boise State, guitar instructor at Old Boise Guitar Company and host of the BSU radio show Music From Stanley. Costello's critically-acclaimed album Strangest Places was released in early 2010.

For interviews, images or more information, contact Chad Dryden with Bandwagon PR, 208.284.0355 or

For more information on the Linen Building and Live at the Linen concert series, contact David Hale at 208.385.0111 or Visit and interact with the Linen Building on Twitter, Facebook and MySpace.

ABOUT THE LINEN BUILDING: Built in 1910 and originally known as the American Laundry Building, the Linen Building Event Center has been transformed into an architecturally unique special events center and art gallery. The two-story facility houses three distinct music venues: a 350-capacity concert hall in a retrofitted warehouse space; an intimate, 150-capacity upstairs performance space; and a 1,500-capacity open-air performance space in the epicenter of Downtown Boise's Linen District.



Linen Building
1402 W. Grove St
Boise, ID 83702
United States

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Music > All Ages

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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