The power of the written word matched to melody and presented with soul is what singing is all about. On Saturday, March 25, two dynamic singer/songwriters come to The Down Home in Johnson City, TN to deliver both a songwriters’ workshop and a duo performance. The occasion is a celebration of Women On Air’s 30th anniversary of radio broadcast on NPR member station WETSfm, and radio IQ station, WEHC.
“This is a sort of ‘west-coast-meets-east-coast-in-the-southern-Appalachians’ with play list favorites, “ says Susan Lachmann, Host and Producer of Women On Air. “They are both highly accomplished and skilled in the craft of songwriting as well as stage performance. It’s an honor to bring musicians of such high caliber here for live performance. It’s what my show is all about: supporting, promoting and illuminating women’s voices.”
Hailing from Boston, Catie Curtis has become something more than a songwriting star. Her career spans 14 albums, songs featured on TV shows Dawson’s Creek, Chicago Hope, and Felicity; and movies like Finding Graceland and A Slipping Down Life. For over 20 years, she’s been a perennially popular headliner, appearing at performing arts centers, concert halls, folk clubs, music festivals, Lilith Fair, Carnegie Hall, and the White House.
“Any fool can write a love-gone-wrong song; it takes a genius to write a love-gone-right song. No urban songwriter does that better than Catie Curtis.” Rolling Stone wrote, “With her deceptively gentle voice, she can turn on a dime and thrill the listener with unforeseen power and emotion. Intricate acoustic picking sometimes recalling Joan Armatrading…but Curtis is very much an original.” New York Times magazine called her a “folk-rock goddess.”
LA producer and performer Maia Sharp, has equal share in stage spotlights as well as national radio and television. With a keen sense for lyrics and story lines, she has penned songs for Bonnie Raitt, The Dixie Chicks, Trisha Yearwood, Cher and many more. She’s co-written with Carole King, Lisa Loeb, Jules Shear and David Wilcox, and worked studio consoles to produce for Garfunkel, Edwin McCain and others. Her touring credits include Keb’ Mo’, Patty Griffin, Art Garfunkel and Jonatha Brooke.
Many of Sharp’s songs come from her own experiences and observations. In the case of “Standing Out in a Crowd, ” she speaks to the loneliness that young girls in particular can feel when ostracized for being “different.” Trisha Yearwood released this song several years ago; now Sharp includes it on one of her own solo releases. Clearly, Sharp has proven her ability to excel wherever talent manifests itself in music. “I don’t have one style of instrumentation that’s always right,” Sharp insists. “I love to incorporate some new, signature sound that maybe you didn’t hear on the last song. Could be strings, horns, piano, organ, just some new color every time.”
Songwriters’ workshop is 11:00am – 3:00pm on Saturday, March 25th at the Down Home in Johnson City, TN, where students have access to both Curtis and Sharp in a nationally revered listening room. All skill levels are welcome; participants are encouraged to get comfortable, get creative and gain skills. The instructors’ fee of $145 includes a ticket to the evening performance. Doors open at 7:00pm for the 8pm show, tickets for the double header are $20, available for purchase at the door or from www.brownpapertickets.com. For more information, see FB public event pages for each event, or call 423-444-2972. Workshop is limited to 18 participants, please do call to register.