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Ruckers will perform Tuesday at Princeton Public Library

PRINCETON — Folksingers and storytellers Sparky and Rhonda Rucker will present “Heroes and Hard Times,” a program drawn from African-American experience and culture, at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Princeton Public Library.

“Heroes and Hard Times” features work songs, spirituals and the blues, which emerged from the African-American experience as truly American musical forms.

The Ruckers’ performance is a preview program for the library’s upcoming Museum on Main Street Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition, “Journey Stories,” which will highlight American history through the lens of immigration, migration and transportation.

The Ruckers perform throughout the United States, as well as overseas, singing songs and telling stories from the American folk tradition.

Sparky Rucker has been performing for more than 40 years and is internationally recognized as a leading folklorist, musician, historian, storyteller and author. He accompanies himself with fingerstyle picking and bottleneck blues guitar, banjo and spoons.

Rhonda Rucker is a musician, storyteller, author and songwriter. Her blues-style harmonica, piano, old-time banjo and bones add musical versatility to their performances.

All programs at the library are free and open to all. The library is at 698 E. Peru St. For more information, call 815-875-1331 or visit www.theprincetonlibrary.org.

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