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Martha Scanlan

  • Tue Nov 19 2013 - 7:00 pm • CSPS Hall
  • $14 advance | $17 door
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Martha will be joined onstage by guitarist/singer Jon Neufeld of noteworthy bands Black Prairie, Delorean and Jackstraw.

A former member of the popular old-time revivalist outfit Reeltime Travelers — featured on the soundtrack to the movie Cold Mountain — singer-songwriter and guitarist Martha Scanlan is best known for her updates of bluegrass and mountain music. She’s toured and headlined festivals across the U.S. and Europe since the release of her critically acclaimed Sugar Hill debut, The West Was Burning. The release featured production by gifted multi-instrumentalist Dirk Powell and spirited performances by Levon Helm (of The Band) and Amy Helm. Dirty Linen called the release “a revelation, an instant classic and one of those rare albums that defies genre and generation. Scanlan evokes western landscapes as effectively as Georgia O’Keefe did on canvass.”

Martha’s newest project, Tongue River Stories, is a collection of songs about belonging and place. It comes out of her recent relative hiatus from the road, where she has been immersed in living and working on a hundred year-old ranch in the southeast corner of Montana, one of the last and truest strongholds of a uniquely American cowboy culture.

Martha first gained national recognition for her songwriting at the prestigious Chris Austin songwriting contest at Merlefest in 2004, where she won awards in two categories. With the Reeltime Travelers, she was featured on the soundtrack for the film Cold Mountain, produced by Grammy Award winner T-Bone Burnett.  Since then she has collaborated and shared the stage with a variety of roots musicians including Alison Krauss, Emmylou Harris, Levon Helm, Ollabelle, Black Prairie, Ralph Stanley and Norman and Nancy Blake.

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