This was the 12th in a series of performances, introducing area songwriters to music lovers.
The Wyoming Area Creative Arts Community Songwriters in the round series continued on Jan 25, 2018.
Saint Paul native Dan Rumsey is a multi-instumentalist, playing guitar, mandolin, piano, harmonica and percussion and also plays electric guitar in several bands. Dan writes and performs music in the folk/blues tradition inspired by Woody Guthrie, Doc Watson and Mississippi John Hurt. He started writing original songs in 1997. Dan won first place in the 2016 River Falls Music Festival and has 3 CD's out on Dreamhorse Records.
Vicky 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." The album reached #58 on the US Americana Charts and #5 on the European Americana Chart.
With the enthusiastic response from press and fans, Vicky is hitting the road with fellow Americana artist, Sarah Morris, as the duo The Home Fires. In 2017.
Zak "Poppa Bear" Norton is a 40 year old singer songwriter born and raised in Minnesota. He started writing songs when he was 16 because he was too lazy to learn tablature or cover songs and not knowing any better simply assumed it was easier to write his own songs. Over his 24 years of writing he has had many musical influences over many genres and never tries to hide them, but no matter what he always comes back to his big 4. John Prine, Willie Nelson, John Denver and Buck Owens. Each one is different yet they all possess sincerity, humor, sorrow and humility in their music and they are all great story tellers. Zak is currently a member of the Midwest Country Music Association and recently released his second record "American Daredevil Country" with his Daredevil Country Duo "Poppa Bear Norton"
The Hallberg Center for the Arts
Thursday, January 25, 2018 at 7:00pm.