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NC Musical Duo Create Album Dedicated To A Departed Friend

a black-and-white picture of Jon Shain with his guitar and FJ Ventre with his bass
Stephen Houseworth
Jon Shain (left) and FJ Ventre (right).

Durham-based guitar player Jon Shain and bassist FJ Ventre have known each other since high school. They have played music together on and off for more than three decades, and Ventre has played on or produced all of Shain’s CDs.

But the new album “Tomorrow Will Be Yesterday Soon” is the first that will feature Ventre as a co-songwriter. The new album is dedicated to the musicians’ former collaborator and friend Jackson Hall who passed away in 2016.

Host Frank Stasio talks to Shain and Ventre about their musical relationship, the new album and why they dedicated it to their friend.

The two will be at Magnolia Roots Music Lounge in Wake Forest on Saturday, May 4. They will also be at the Cat’s Cradle Back Room in Carrboro on Saturday, May 11, and at the Carolina Blues Festival in Greensboro on Saturday, May 18. Shain will be at the Grove Winery in Gibsonville on Sunday, May 26.

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Amanda Magnus grew up in Maryland and went to high school in Baltimore. She became interested in radio after an elective course in the NYU journalism department. She got her start at Sirius XM Satellite Radio, but she knew public radio was for her when she interned at WNYC. She later moved to Madison, where she worked at Wisconsin Public Radio for six years. In her time there, she helped create an afternoon drive news magazine show, called Central Time. She also produced several series, including one on Native American life in Wisconsin. She spends her free time running, hiking, and roller skating. She also loves scary movies.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.