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October 11, 2013

Winter Wind Concert Series set for excellent season



· Nov. 24 — Red Molly is a NY-based Americana trio comprised of Laurie MacAllister, Abbie Gardner and Molly Venter. They all play guitar and sing tight 3-part harmony that’s finer than frog’s hair. They’re sweethearts of festivals near and far.

“Light in the Sky” is the name of their new disc.

“It could be about the sun, the stars, or looking forward to a bright future,” Venter said. “We’re having so much fun as a band right now. We’re excited to see what happens next.”

· Dec. 28 — Jimmy LaFave is a loving disciple of Woody Guthrie. He cut his teeth in the Stillwater music scene and his soulful, plaintive vocals are inimitable. He’s one of our finest living red dirt singer/songwriters.

· Jan. 5 — Carrie Newcomer is an Americana folk singer with a world vision. She’s known for her humanitarian initiatives in places such as Kenya and India as much as for her gentle lilting vocals. In 2003 her sterling composition “I Should Have Known Better” helped snag Nickel Creek a Best Contemporary Folk Album Grammy as part of LP “This Side.”

· Jan. 26 — Anne and Pete Sibley are a married couple from Jackson, Wyo. They play a precious flavor of heartfelt bluegrass. They’ve only been playing out in this project for five years and don’t sound as if they’re chained to the genre’s conventions.

· Feb. 16 — Peter Mayer is the closest of this season’s Winter Wind line-up to being the archetype coffee house-style folk singer. His songs tell stories and his comforting voice sounds like someone’s wise dad or a hip minister.

· March 2 — Mark Erelli works constantly as a sideman with other musicians. He’s a vocal stylist with unusual phrasing and peculiar tonality. Erelli’s released a dozen LPs since 1999, most on the Signature Sounds label.

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