Howard signs to be put into folksy, bluegrass song

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One of the signs of Jesse Howard hanging on a wall in the lobby of the Kingdom of Callaway Historical Society. Howard's signs will be turned to song by folk singer Mark Stevenson this Thursday at 7 p.m. at Arris' Pizza.

JOSH MOSLEY/Fulton Sun photo One of the signs of Jesse Howard hanging on a wall in the lobby of the Kingdom of Callaway Historical Society. Howard's signs will be turned to song by folk singer Mark Stevenson this Thursday at 7 p.m. at Arris' Pizza.

Mark Stevenson grew up in a small town in central Indiana. He knows the small-town type and appreciates the particular brand of strange that comes along with that.

So naturally he felt a connection to the work of noted Callaway County folk artist Jesse Howard. Stevenson, also an artist as well as a paper conservationist, came across one of Howard’s famous signs and was inspired.

Instead of emulating Howard’s signs, though, Stevenson decided to build on the work in his own way: Through song. The folk and bluegrass enthusiast is bringing songs inspired by Howard’s work, as well as some of his other tunes, to Arris’ Pizza at 7 p.m. Thursday. Admission to the event is $10.

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