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Bill Staines featured at Music in the Gardens

Folk singer/songwriter Bill Staines will be the featured singer at a Music in the Gardens concert on Friday, October 25 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum in Alexandria. (Contributed)

The upcoming Music in the Gardens concert will feature singer/songwriter Bill Staines on Friday, October 25 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Minnesota Lakes Maritime Museum in Alexandria.

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Staines has entertained audiences at festivals, colleges, concerts, clubs and coffeehouses for more than 40 years. A folk singer, he sings mostly his own songs, which have appeared in music books, church hymnals and scouting campfire songbooks.

Staines has 26 recordings to his credit and has written more than 300 songs, many of which have been recorded by the likes of Nanci Griffith, Glen Yarborough and Jerry Jeff Walker.

His music is sung at campfires and folk music gatherings, in homes and churches. Composer David Amram once described Staines as “a modern day Stephen Foster. His music will be around 100 years from now.”

On stage, Staines mixes traditional tunes with his own contemporary folk ballads. His tales of life on the road and observations of everyday people provide a blend of story and song.

“I have always wanted to bring something of value to people with my songs,” Staines said. “I think that is important, to try to write beyond myself, to write to the great things that we all experience in our lives.”

Staines has recorded two children’s albums, The Happy Wanderer and One More River, both of which have won the Parents’ Choice Award. His music has also appeared in a number of films, including the HBO series Deadwood and Off and Running with Cyndi Lauper. Along with making several radio and television appearances, he was a frequent performer on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion Show during its early years.

Staines has released two songbooks: If I Were a Word, Then I’d be a Song published by Folk Legacy and Music to Me published by Hal Leonard Corp. His memoir, The Tour, was released in 2003.

Tickets are $5 for MLMM members and $10 for non-members. They are available for purchase at the museum.

For more information, call (320) 759-1114 or e-mail