Nashville’s Sally Barris and Boulder’s Rebecca Folsom will take the stage at the Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center this Saturday, singing separately as well as together.
Presented by Folk Sessions, Barris said that while she’s never been to Prescott before, she has been to Tucson a few times.
“I love coming to visit my friends in Tucson and playing there,” she said. “So it felt natural to want to come and explore more areas to play in Arizona.”
Barris said she’s been singing all her life, starting when she was 5 and her father handed her a ukulele and told her to learn it. At the age of 16, she was given a guitar and a Beatles songbook, she said, commenting that it kept going from there.
Music is in her blood, Barris said, calling it something she has to do or she’ll go crazy. Since she loves to write, sing and connect with people, she chose it as her career, she said. As for inspiration for her songs, Barris said a songwriter has to have their antennae up constantly.
“Songwriters, they write about everything. I mean romance, travel, things they read in the paper, books movies they’ve seen,” she said. “I mean just, you name it, I’ve written a song about it.”
Barris has had songs covered by a few big-name artists, such as Kathy Mattea, Martina McBride and Lee Ann Womack, according to a news release from Tom Agostino. In fact, her song “let the Wind Chase You,” was covered by Trisha Yearwood and Keith Urban and received a Grammy nomination in 2009. Barris said she was blown away by that recording, calling Yearwood an “amazing vocalist and interpreter.”
Folsom has a voice that covers a range of nearly four octaves, Agostino wrote in the release, remarking that her new CD, “Extraordinary Days,” hit number five on the national Folk DJ chart and her song “Better Times” was named number one Best Folk Song.
Tickets for the show are $25 for adults and $22 for seniors and can be purchased by visiting www.folksession.com, www.prescottelkstheater.com, by calling the theater at 928-777-1370 or at the door one hour prior to the performance. The Elks Theatre and Performing Arts Center is located at 117 E. Gurley St.
Barris said she’s excited to sing in the Elks Theatre, mentioning Agostino has been telling her how historic and wonderful it is.
“I’m really looking forward to that,” she said, remarking that when getting the chance to sing in an old theater, “there’s nothing like it. It’s just magic.”
The show starts at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16.
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