Doors open at 7
MUSIC starts at 8
$12 in advance / $15 at the door
Travis Meadowswrites about life the only the way he knows it, a bittersweet well of love, irony, anger, pain, healing and happiness.
They are the kind of honest songs that reach beyond perfect words and chords to reveal the reality of what life is really like. Through the artistry of his poetic lyrics, he balances good with bad and love with pain.Well-known among songwriter’s circles in Nashville, Travis is an unforgettable performer whose well crafted songs and raw vocal ability have won him the attention of fans in some of Nashville’s more popular live venues. In part, it was his commanding performances that landed him a coveted songwriting contract with Universal Music Publishing Group in 2005, who invited him to join their celebrated list of songwriters, some of the best in the world. Having already received numerous accolades for his songwriting, including a 2001 ASCAP award and eight Top 20 hit singles in the Christian market, joining with Universal was a natural progression.
Growing up in Mississippi, Travis laid the foundation for his music career while making the rounds at local bars and clubs, performing with legendary blue’s players such as Sam Myers (Anson Funderburg and the Rockets) and Fingers Taylor (Jimmy Buffett). His music has taken him around the world, where he has performed before millions in over twenty countries. Additionally, he has recorded five independent projects gaining him loyal fans everywhere.Since joining UMPG, Travis has had numerous cuts on artists such as Mary Gauthier and Jake Owen. He’s also scored three number one singles on two Gold records with Australian artist Adam Brand as well as the current single “Ready for love” on the new Arista USA record coming out in Feb. And Has the title cut on Lynyrd Skynyrds record God and Guns And many more.
“Mama’s Blue Dress Live Album Recording at Red Clay Theatre“
Mama’s Blue Dress is an all-female country quartet featuring airtight harmonies and vocal chemistry, blazing twin fiddles and a hint of soul. As one fan said, “I haven’t heard a group of women play and sing together this well since the Bush administration.”Since their first show in January 2012, the band has played to numerous sold-out rooms across the Southeast, often receiving standing ovations for their dynamic performances, stellar songwriting, gorgeous harmonies – and, perhaps most importantly, the homemade baked goods and cakewalks that accompany each show. In their first six months, Mama’s Blue Dress performed at the 30A Songwriters Festival, Folk Alliance, the CMA Music Festival, and the Nashville date of the Country Throwdown tour, where they took the main stage. The group was recently featured on WSM Radio’s “Coffee, Country & Cody”. Each member is an accomplished songwriter, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist in their own right:
NICOLE WITT (vocals, fiddle, guitar, glockenspiel) has written songs for numerous country stars including George Strait and Diamond Rio. She won 2011 Song of the Year at the International Bluegrass Music Awards.
VANESSA OLIVAREZ(vocals, percussion) is a Dora Award-nominated vocalist who wrote and recorded a Top 10 pop single in Canada. She wrote several songs recorded by Sugarland (including “Sugarland” on their multi-platinum hit album “Enjoy the Ride”), and was recently featured on PBS’ Sun Studio Sessions with Granville Automatic. She was also a Top 12 finalist on the second season of American Idol.
ELIZABETH ELKINS (vocals, guitar, mandolin) is a Grand Prize Winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest whose songs have been placed on numerous television shows. She has been featured in Guitar Player magazine and is also a member of Granville Automatic.
BETHANY DICK-OLDS (vocals, fiddle, guitar, mandolin) is a Dove Award-winning fiddle champion who has toured with Pam Tillis and Sara Evans. Her songwriting landed her a cut with Evans, and she is a finalist in the Merlefest Songwriting Contest. Bethany also engineered and recorded all of the songs on The Tanglewood Sessions EP at her East Nashville home.
Mieka Pauley possesses a voice that flows like good whiskey and a frankness that makes Alanis Morissette look shy. She conjures up a sonic immediacy with the same masterful command as Ani DiFranco with driving, yearning melodies that stand alongside the work of Michelle Shocked, Neko Case and Emmylou Harris.
Pauley’s career pursuits have helped her win prestigious competitions like Cosmopolitan’s Fun Fearless Female Rock Star of the Year, the NEMO/Starbucks Songwriter Competition and the New York Songwriters Circle Songwriting Contest. She’s shared stages with household names like Natasha Bedingfield, KT Tunstall, John Legend, Edwin McCain, Ben Kweller, Jason Mraz, Gavin DeGraw, the Black Eyed Peas and Citizen Cope while earning herself slots at must-see music events (Newport Folk Festival, South by Southwest, CMJ) and high-profile gigs like singing the national anthem at Red Sox games. She’s also been featured on BBC London Radio, PRI’s “Mountain Stage” and the music session blog Daytrotter.
Not content to wait for label backing, Pauley has self-released all of her work, which includes three other EPs and two full-length albums. For Science she’s joined forces with PledgeMusic, where her fans proved their demand for more music by donating far more than she requested to fund the project. Having worked with producer Geoff Stanfield (Firehorse, Sun Kil Moon) to create The Science of Making Choices, Pauley feels she’s finally captured in the studio the same rawness she conjures when playing live. “It’s finally like me making that alternative sound while still holding on to what makes my live solo show work. He was able to take that live vibe, that connection, and then put really sweet, respectful production behind it. I really love that Geoff was able to make it happen.”
Tickets at Eddie Owens Presents
Red Clay Theatre
3116 Main Street, Duluth