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A performance in-the-round of three of the great modern American songwriters on one stage for one night.
Chuck Hawthorne: A combat soldier with the heart of a poet, Chuck Hawthorne is a cowboy born in Amarillo, TX, a warrior, and a songwriter. His experiences working cattle on the High Plains and traveling the world in the US Marine Corps shaped much of the subject matter of the songs. He developed his voice as a songwriter riding the Texas plains with his cowboy heroes Clifton Lowe and Alvin Hamrick, sailing the Adriatic sea and picking guitar aboard the USS Iwo Jima, writing songs in the basement of a Baghdad palace.
Amber Cross: When you hear Amber Cross you might think you are listening to an archival Smithsonian recording. Her old-time voice is clear and captivating, like a strong muscle, fringed in lace. As a hunter, a fisherman, and a woman of the backcountry, she has a deep respect for the honest work that makes her a steward of the land. She makes music as beholden to the landscapes of Northern and Pacific California, where she lives and travels, as to the visually-rich songwriting she crafts around it.
Rod Picott: A carpenter, at thirty-five Rod Picott dropped his tool belt, picked up an acoustic guitar and released his first album. The acclaimed debut record put a nail in the coffin of his construction career and ignited a second one as a singer-songwriter. His songs center around the lives of working people and the losses, defeats and small victories that can come hard won in a calloused world. Picott’s eye for the revealing detail, a sense of empathy as well as a potent defiance has brought high praise from music critics.