Saturday, October 10, 2015
8:00 p.m.


Westermann Stage, Concert Hall


Regular price $40/$35

Three Women and the Truth: Mary Gauthier, Lori McKenna and Gretchen Peters

Three Women and The Truth is a trio of accomplished, richly talented, multiple award winning female songwriters, whose songs cut through the murky layers of life’s complexities and bring clarity to many of the challenges we all long to make sense of. Writing from their life’s experience, these songwriters are skilled in balancing personal tales with classic underpinnings, which hint at the evocative idea that all our lives are full of events and incidents that touch on the mythic and the timeless.

Mary Gauthier is a singer songwriter who the Associated Press named one of the best songwriters of her generation. She’s been praised by both Dylan and Waits, and has had her songs recorded by dozens of artists, including Jimmy Buffett, Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw and Candi Staton. Her songs have been used in film and television, most recently on the ABC hit show Nashville, HBO’s Banshee, and Masterpiece Theater’s Case Histories. She was awarded New Artist of the year by The Americana Music Association in 2005, and has released six studio albums. Her third album, Filth and Fire, was named #1 Best Independent CD of the year by Jon Pareles of The New York Times. Her following three releases have been named in the Los Angeles Times and The New York Times top three releases of the year. Her record Mercy Now was named in the top five records of the decade by No Depression magazine. She’s often been called a writer’s writer, and that thrills her to no end. “With songwriting as powerful as hers, there’s no need to go looking for qualifiers…She’s a unique, intrinsically valuable musical voice. And there’s never a surplus of those.” –Randy Lewis, Los Angeles Times. Rolling Stone magazine named Trouble and Love, her most current album, as one of the top country albums of 2014.

Lori McKenna. Not many songwriters can credit their first album cut as one by iconic superstar Faith Hill, much less the title track to a No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 charts. But then again, most songwriters aren’t Lori McKenna. It’s been nearly ten years since the release of Fireflies and McKenna continues to prove why she is one of the industry’s most in-demand songwriters. Her credits include the two-time platinum No. 1 hit, “I Want Crazy” (Hunter Hayes), the hit song “God Made Girls” (Raelynn), as well as hit singles “Your Side of the Bed” and “Sober” (Little Big Town). Her most recent radio hit, “Girl Crush” (Little Big Town) has seen worldwide success with plays on both Country and Pop formats.  Born and raised in Stoughton, Massachusetts, McKenna, along with her husband and five children still call the area home. Her Boston roots run deep and find new life through her raw, honest lyrics and captivating voice seen in both her songwriting and her artistry. In the past decade McKenna has received multiple BMI awards, five Boston Music Awards and has had songs recorded by Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Alison Krauss, Faith Hill, Reba, Little Big Town, Holly Williams, Hunter Hayes, Raelynn and more. In her solo career, McKenna has released eight studio albums: Paper Wings and Halo, Pieces of Me, The Kitchen Tapes, Bittertown, Unglamorous, Lorraine, Massachusetts and Numbered Doors.

Gretchen Peters has long been one of Nashville’s most beloved and respected artists, known never to shy away from darkness and struggle in her writing. “If Peters never delivers another tune as achingly beautiful as ‘On A Bus To St. Cloud,’” People magazine wrote, “she has already earned herself a spot among country’s upper echelon of contemporary composers. “The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame concurred when she joined Johnny Cash, Rodney Crowell, Woody Guthrie, Kris Kristofferson and Hank Williams as their newest inductee in October 2014. At the induction ceremony, Crowell spoke on behalf of Peters, calling her “a songwriter and a poet (who) sings as beautifully as she writes,” and said her song “The Matador”, “moved me so greatly, I cried from the soles of my feet.” Peters has accumulated accolades as a songwriter for artists as diverse as Etta James, Bonnie Raitt, The Neville Brothers, Patty Loveless, George Strait, Bryan Adams and Faith Hill. Of her own recordings, the Associated Press said, “this is not jukebox music – the stuff that exists to fill in the pauses in conversation. This IS the conversation.” Her latest album Blackbirds was released in 2015.


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