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Grassroots Concerts welcomes Sally Barris Dec. 8

Sally Barris returns to the Grassroots Concerts stage at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Live Well Night Club and Coffee Bar in Nisswa. Submitted

NISSWA—After a five-year absence, Sally Barris returns to the Grassroots Concerts stage at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Live Well Night Club and Coffee Bar in Nisswa.

This is the final show of the fall concert season.

Since her Grassroots Concerts debut in 2012, Barris has continued to climb in stature among those who appreciate beautiful, contemporary folk-country music, according to a news release. Barris is an "A-list Nashville songwriter" who has had songs covered by top-level artists. Her song "Let the Wind Chase You," recorded by Trisha Yearwood and Keith Urban, received a Grammy nomination for vocal collaboration in 2009.

"Her writing credits are impressive, but fans and peers are most captivated by her bright spirit and expressive mountain soprano," the release stated.

Over the past few years, her songs have been performed by Martina McBride, Lee Ann Womack and Kathy Mattea.

She has roots in bluegrass, performing as a member of the ensemble "Smoking Grass."

The Minnesota native has performed on Mountain Stage, at the New Bedford Summer Fest, Wildflower Arts and Music Festival and Kerrville Folk Festival.

"Barris knows how to write lyrics that are as forthright as a stream of clear water and how to support them with melodies that share that quality," Kerry Dexter in Dirty Linen stated. "She sings in a light, expressive soprano."

She also teaches songwriting to groups and individuals, including sessions offered

via the internet with Skype.

"Besides being a fantastic artist and songwriter Sally Barris has really got a talent for teaching," Eva Hillered of Kulturaama in Stockholm, Sweden, stated. "My students were inspired by her clinic, where she combined singing her songs with talking about the art of songwriting, giving useful tools and hopeful insights from her professional experience."

The Live Well Night Club and Coffee Bar is located at the Journey Church, next to the school in Nisswa.

Grassroots Concerts is operated by volunteers and is a nonprofit under the Internal Revenue Code. The series began in 1988.

Concert general admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12 years old with listening attention, when accompanied by an adult. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

At each concert, non-perishable food and cash donations are welcomed, with donations delivered to local food shelves by Grassroots volunteers.

For more information go to www.grassrootsconcerts.org or visit Grassroots Concerts on

Facebook.

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