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Tunesmith Night showcases original musicians

Published on December 2, 2017 12:01AM

JOSEPH — A Nashville-raised folk musician is among a trio of original musicians set to take the stage during Tunesmith Night in Wallowa County.

With Nashville roots, Erisy Watt is now based in Portland after honing her craft for six years in Santa Barbara, California. She has toured in several countries over the past few years with guitarist Jeremy Ferrara. Watt’s blend of folk and soul are often compared to Joni Mitchell and Norah Jones. Her music, including her latest EP “Foolish Things,” invites listeners to celebrate the beauty and freedom of wilder places.

Joining Watts in a round-robin format — each musician taking turns playing a song — are Joseph Hein and Bart Budwig. The show is Saturday, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. in the Gold Room at the Jennings Hotel, 100 N. Main St., Joseph. The cost is $10 for the all-ages event. No food or beverage service is available, but people may bring their own.

Hein grew up making music in the Palouse region of eastern Washington. With the small town isolation, the multi-instrumentalist gleaned from a range of influences from punk to electronic pop. His recent album, “Following Fog,” holds the energy and sounds of the places it was recorded, including a barn, church, garage, cabin, closet and the span of Washington state.

Budwig, the resident sound engineer at Enterprise’s OK Theatre, whose talents are wrapped in a warm and giving spirit, fosters collaborations on stage and in the recording arena. Budwig’s spring release, “Paint by Numbers Jesus: Sacrilegious and Spiritual Songs,” is described as a “swamp country” concept record pulling from grooves of Motown and the American deep south from 1960-70.

The Wallowa Valley Music Alliance hosts the monthly Tunesmith Night. For more information, contact info@wvmusicalliance.org or visit www.wvmusicalliance.org.


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