Tunesmith Night, Saturday, April 11, 2015 – 7PM
Lear’s Main Street Grill, 111 W. Main, Enterprise, OR.
We wrap up another fine season of Tunesmith Night on Saturday, May 9 with a lineup of award-winning songwriters: Tracy Spring, Dan Weber and Janis Carper.
Tracy Spring is a veteran of the Tunesmith Night program and has won multiple regional awards for her singing and songwriting. She displays a style all her own while combining blues, swing, old R and B, jazz, and folk. Spring lives in Bellingham, Washington and is a fourth generation Washingtonian. She is a seasoned performer, known for her compelling vocals and
versatile guitar playing in folk venues and festivals throughout North America and Australia. Tracy’s songs “Sometimes Angels,” “Somebody’s Child” (co-written with Becca Christel), “In Our Hands,” and “What Would You Give To Change the World” have been used for soundtracks promoting philanthropy, raising funds for thousands of charitable organizations. In addition to these humanitarian anthems, she co-wrote (with Janis Carper and Becca Christel-Palm) “Of This World,” recorded by Peter, Paul & Mary on their 2004 studio album, In These Times.
Award Winning songwriter Dan Weber has been described as “The classic mid-life overnight sensation.” A gifted storyteller and inspiring performer, in 2014 he Won 2nd place in the prestigious Woody Guthrie songwriting contest and was honored to become a rare 3-time finalist in the legendary Kerrville Folk Festival ‘New Folk’ competition. An ex-Park Ranger, Eagle Scout, ‘recovering’ Altar boy and lifelong ‘Deadhead’, Weber began performing at 40 and in a few short years was winning over audiences with energetic performances and hilarious stories from the roads he’s traveled. None other than legendary Folk troubadour Ramblin’ Jack Elliott said “I love Dan’s songs and he tells really good stories.” His songs have been described as ‘Timeless’ and ‘Authentic’ and his debut CD ‘Ash and Bone’ received accolades from American Songwriter Magazine and the UK’s Maverick Magazine said: “4 Stars: The touch of a true Master Craftsman songwriter.” There’s also been recognition from DJ’s: “’Hank and Jesus’ is easily the best folk song I heard last year” and The Victory Review magazine wrote “Weber’s writing is as strong as any in the Contemporary Folk community.
Music Alliance director Janis Carper will take a seat on the stage for this edition of one of her favorite programs. A recent winner in the 2015 Indie International Songwriting Contest, Carper has an ability to craft lyrics and melodies that reach into the heart and mind. Her solid guitar playing supports songs that grip the listener—from the somber and reflective to the light and humorous. Carper’s singing style reflects influences like Bonnie Raitt, Rosanne Cash, and Lucinda Williams. Carper has enjoyed performing with The Alibis, Carper & Peterson, Carolyn Lochert and many others over the years. Visit www.janiscarper.com for more on her music career.
Tunesmith Night is presented in a round-robin format, with each musician playing a song, then the next taking a turn, creating an interesting and varied performance. Admission is $10 at the door or by season pass. Doors open at 6pm, music at 7pm, all ages welcome.
Our popular Season Passes will be available for purchase at this performance for $65. That covers all eight shows of the 2015-16 season (second Saturday, October through May), which will remain at $10 per show, standard admission. A special thank you goes out to Steve and Cathi Lear and their staff at Lear’s Main Street Grill for hosting the series.