Monday, October 19, 2009

Perennial Valley favorites Nanci Griffith and Rickie Lee Jones bookend the weekend of 10/24 – 10/26.

Nanci Griffith plays at 8PM on Saturday October 24th at the Calvin Theatre in Northampton

With a recording and touring history that stretches back more than two decades, Nanci Griffith has established, what Madison Avenue would call, a “brand.” But her signature music is much more about art than commerce, which is why her fan base has remained incredibly loyal - fans include contemporaries such as Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, and Emmy Lou Harris, all of whom have either recorded her songs or insisted she record theirs. At the age of 14, when a campfire turn at the Kerrville Folk Festival caught the ear of singer-songwriter Tom Russell, she was on her way. Having recorded 19 albums and performed concerts all over the world, it’s safe to say that she’s never looked back.

Her latest album The Loving Kind on Rounder Records finds Nanci Griffith at the top of her game as a songwriter, interpreter, and singer. Featuring nine songs written by Griffith and her collaborators, and four well-chosen covers, the album takes its place alongside the consistently acclaimed work of this Grammy® Award-winning, genre-defying artist. She skillfully touches on newsworthy issues as well as matters of the heart; the perceptive exploration of emotions, personalities, and relationships that Griffith is known for.

Rickie Lee Jones plays a rare small club date at 7PM on Monday October 26th at the Iron Horse.

From the moment she first appeared in front of us on Saturday Night Live in 1979, Rickie Lee Jones has challenged her listeners and the establishment with an absorbing musical vision that defies border and classification. She rocked the culture of singer-song writerdom with her refusal to conform to the stayed and careful eloquence of the folk rock generation that came before her. She tottered on a thread of her own device, jazz - the old musical kind, and R&B - the Motown thread that permeates her work. Her sense of humor, musical dexterity and song craft is all evident on her exquisite new album Balm in Gilead.

At 54, with her deeply ingrained vaudevillian heritage well intact, from the heights of popular music to the deepest respect of her peers and appreciative fans, Rickie Lee Jones was, and remains, a unique artist of undeniable influence on singers and songwriters today. She has worked with artists as diverse as Walter Becker and Mike Watt and all points between. She writes albums, not songs, a rare art indeed in 2009. Celebrating her 30th anniversary making music, Balm in Gilead (released by Fantasy Records/Concord Music Group) promises to be one of the top recordings of the year.

Tickets for all IHEG shows are available at the Northampton Box Office. Charge by phone 586-8686. Order online at

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