Next Stage Arts Project presents Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens on Friday at 7:30 p.m., for a special return engagement after a successful appearance in 2014. Next Stage is located at 15 Kimball Hill, Putney. Tickets are $22 in advance, $25 at the door, available at Turn It Up, Brattleboro, the Putney Coop, and online at

In the seven years since the release of their last full-length record, Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens have toured extensively, playing main stages at some of the most prestigious festivals in the world, including Bonnaroo, The Monterey Jazz Festival, Montreal Pop, and The Ottawa Blues Festival. Though seasoned veterans, these last years of touring played a crucial role in the creation of the songs that would become the forthcoming album Cold World. With Gabriel Roth (Bosco Mann) at the helm, Naomi and company went into the studio (add date), and cut twelve inspired new songs live to eight-track tape.