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Sally Barris to perform in her first Grassroots Concerts show

NISSWA — Nashville musician Sally Barris, a Minnesota native, will make her Grassroots Concerts debut at 7:30 p.m. April 20 in the Live Well Nightclub and Coffee Bar at Nisswa.

Barris is an A-list songwriter whose songs have been covered by the likes of Kathy Mattea, Martina McBride and Lee Ann Womack. Impressive as her song writing credits are, fans are captivated by her bright spirit and expressive mountain soprano.

Her song “Let the Wind Chase You,” recorded by Trisha Yearwood and Keith Urban, received a Grammy nomination for vocal collaboration in 2009. Film credits include “Honey Suckle Sweet” from the Miramax film “An Unfinished Life” and “Liars Lie” featured in the Tim McGraw, Gwyneth Paltrow’s film “Country Strong.”

In the last two years Barris has performed for Mountain Stage, the New Bedford Summer Fest and the Kerrville Folk Festival. She also is a member of The Waymores with Don Henry and Tom Kimmel.

Soon to release a new solo recording, Barris has been rewarded with rave reviews for her 2007 release, “Restless Soul.” It is her third and most recent in a rising career.

Musicologists point out the deep connection between Celtic and country music that is apparent in this album featuring her ethereal, Alison Krauss-like voice, and the merged texture of accordion, fiddle and dobro.

Hard as the record may be to top, Barris is optimistic. Eleven songs will populate the new work, which she describes as a labor of love. “It’s one thing to make your living playing music,” she said in an email release, “but to have your fans support you in making a CD is a whole other thing. All that love has gone into the songs. You can almost feel it!”

She tours to play concerts across the country while keeping her recording obligations and writing new songs. “I am really looking forward to playing for the Grassroots Concerts series,” she said. She knows the reputation of the venue, which draws so widely and attracts outstanding musicians from as far as Great Britain.

“You can’t take the Minnesota out of the girl,” she said. “I am working on a song about my home state.”

Admission is $10 at the door for adults and $5 for children under 12 with listening attention, when accompanied by an adult. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with seating first-come, first-served.

Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
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