Songwriters in the Round #17

Shows, Performances, and Exhibitions
Date: Thursday, November 15, 2018 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM

Venue: Hallberg Center For The Arts

The Songwriters in the round series continues at the Hallberg Center for the Arts in Wyoming, Mn on 11-15-18 at 7pm featuring Annie Fitzgerald, Courtney Yasmineh, Vicky Emerson


Annie Fitzgerald’s music has been described as “a blend of Tori Amos’ intellectual appeal, Sarah McLachlan’s mystical charm and Edie Brickell’s baroque spirit”. Honored by the Songwriters Hall of Fame as an artist to watch, Fitzgerald released her second album You & Me & the Sun on June 1st, 2018. Produced by Danny O’Brien (The Farewell Circuit, Dem Yuut), the album finds Fitzgerald joining gifted musicians and shaping a textured pop sound mixed with the raw vitality of rock-and-roll. Since her first release In Good Time, Fitzgerald spent time a part of the NYC Indie scene, started a family, and welcomed a move back to her home state of MN and a newfound sense of space to create. You & Me & the Sun explores connection, vulnerability, love, and sparks in the span of time navigating the balance between motherhood & her life as a songwriter.


Courtney Yasmineh- Honesty is a quality getting rarer and rarer in rock and roll, but you can see, hear and believe it in Courtney Yasmineh. The Chicago/NYC/Minneapolis singer, guitarist, songwriter draws from a poisoned well that runs deep; harsh reflection, brutal frankness, bittersweet inspiration, brief flights of sexual fantasy and blistering romance, but most of all, transcendent saving graces.

Although she's been writing songs and performing for virtually her entire adult life, it's only in the past decade that she's been recording albums and EPs including two in 2015- Red Letter Day and Red Letter Day Unplugged (released in April and September, respectively)- and the highly acclaimed "High Priestess And The Renegade" released in 2018. Garnering more acclaim and building a bigger following with each consecutive release and tour, these recent albums have brought a whole new level of international exposure. 

 What makes her body of work so enthralling is the way she subtly weaves her personal narrative into immediately memorable songs whose appeal spans a wide range of ages and musical tastes. 

 Sans booking agents, managers and a stretchable budget Yasmineh has successfully booked a dozen European tours, logged countless jaunts across the US, shot many music videos, and garnered local and national media attention here and abroad. Her live performances showcase her prowess as a bandleader, front woman and solo performer; she's sexy, smart, and somehow simultaneously shy and brazen, beckoning the audience to join her for the ride. She turns any audience into a room full of believers, believing in her, and believing in her hopeful message. As she sings in her new song Remedy "Fear is my enemy and money is my rival,gratitude is the remedy and love is my survival"

Her newest studio album "High Priestess And The Renegade" released February 1, 2018 has gathered industry buzz in no small part because the release of "Tangled Web" the first single off the album charted for twelve weeks in Europe in 2017 and got this latest and arguably greatest of the Courtney Yasmineh catalog off to a running start. Courtney's longtime collaborator and co-conspirator Rob Genadek acts as producer, drummer, backing vocalist, and overdubbing guru. The new tracks are uncompromising in their folk, roots, and Gospel flavor, but they're infused with a raw spirit that is part alternative rock, part punk rock. Courtney's new writing channels the spirit of sixty years of great songwriting. The sound is familiar, visceral, muscular, fresh, highly energized. 

Courtney has been quoted recently saying she's now been a songwriter for forty five years. Her time has arrived


Vicky Emerson- Always influenced by the work of Lucinda Williams and Emmylou Harris, Vicky turned her ear to JD McPherson and Jason Isbell that inspired her most recent album, Wake Me When the Wind Dies Down. Matt Patrick produced her last two albums (Long Ride and Dust & Echoes) and readily signed on to produce a third. Enlisting the talents of Steve Goold (Sara Bareilles, Ben Rector), Ian Allison (Jeremy Messersmith), Jake Armerding (Bela Fleck, Nickel Creek), Aaron Fabbrini (Sarah Groves), Steve Bosmans (John Mark Nelson), the bedtracks were tracked in a live setting in three days and with Patrick’s vision, an incredible Americana album was born. 

 Patrick said, “Wake Me When The Wind Dies Down is a highlight record for me with Vicky. Her classic sense of songwriting permeates this album, but with a boost of vigor and feistiness. It charters both new and old waters of Americana music, which haven't yet been heard by Vicky Emerson fans. I believe this to be her best record to date and am honored and humbled to have been asked to be a part of it.”

 Her music has always been steeped in blues, folk and traditional country, blended in her Americana trademark sound. By letting it all go, vocally and musically, Vicky was able to tap into that spark and sass that fans love to see when she plays live. The album was funded by fans and friends through a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign and validates the loyal following spanning the globe that Emerson has cultivated over the last decade through touring and previous releases.

 Emerson said, “Motherhood has made me brave. I simply don’t have the time for the crippling back and forth with my self doubt anymore. Now I go with my first instinct and stay as close as possible to my internal compass. Conversely motherhood has made me vulnerable. The love I have for my family has cracked my heart open wide, overflowing with unconditional love. This intense love is always present in everything that I do. So, the dichotomy between these two entities provided some very fertile ground for my songwriting.”

Emerson was raised in rural Wisconsin, has lived in New York City and San Francisco before relocating back to her roots in Minneapolis to raise her children. She has opened for songwriting luminaries such as Malcolm Holcombe and Gregory Alan Isakov, toured on a national basis and has mentored many songwriters on touring and career management. 

 Wake Me When the Wind Dies Down was released on 1/1/2016 and continues to garner critical acclaim on a local and national basis. The Minneapolis Star Tribune said, “Vicky Emerson has voice like a fallen angel that's as pretty as it is strong, and now she backs it up with growing lyrical depth and richly blue Americana arrangements on her third album, "Wake Me When the Wind Dies Down." No Depression raved "From its wonderful title, understated cover, tight focus, and great songs, Vicky Emerson’s third album Wake Me When The Wind Dies Down is an all-encompassing musical experience. Forget genre considerations and labels. These are simply great songs. 9 out of 10 stars." The album reached #58 on the US Americana Charts and #5 on the European Americana Chart.



All Dates

  • Thursday, November 15, 2018 07:00 PM - 08:30 PM