Describing Carrie Newcomer as a singer-songwriter is a little like saying Noah was a boat-builder. It’s true, of course, but it just doesn’t quite convey the whole picture of what she can do.
I didn’t come up with that description of Newcomer – I’ll have to thank her publicist for that – but I thought it was too good not to use.
Praised by Billboard as a “soaring songstress,” Newcomer is an acclaimed musician who creates music from her uniquely poignant and spiritual view of the world. She has a rich alto and poetic lyrics, which she combines in what might be described as folk roots influenced by Appalachian and classical music. One of the definitive voices of the Heartland, the Indiana native sings of the small joys and pains in life, emphasizing the little moments that are often taken for granted as she illuminates life with startling, depth, humor and clarity. The Dallas Morning News called her “the kind of artist who makes you stop, think and then say, ‘that is so true.’”
Newcomer’s music has been lauded in Rolling Stone, The Village Voice, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal and Acoustic Guitar. Her 2008 CD, "The Geography of Light", earned her both Artist of the Year and Album of the Year from Folk Wax Magazine.
She has toured with Alison Krauss and Union Station and has a duet with another of acoustic music’s most resonant voices and one of my favorite artists, Mary Chapin Carpenter, on the title track of her latest album, "Before and After". She toured India as a U.S. Cultural Ambassador in 2009. Here’s what a few people have said about Newcomer: “Rapturously tuneful, Newcomer’s material asks all the right questions and refuses to settle for easy answers.” (Rolling Stone) “I love Carrie Newcomer. She writes and sings about what is most personal to her and in doing so she speaks to the wider world the song “Geodes” will make you catch your breath with its wisdom and beauty...” (Mary Chapin Carpenter, recording artist) “Carrie is a touchstone of authenticity in an image-driven, media-defined musical world. She is a beautiful singer and songwriter, and deeply refreshing.” (Rosanne Cash, recording artist) “Carrie Newcomer is much more than a musician. She’s a poet, storyteller, snake charmer, good neighbor, friend and lover, minister of the wide-eyed gospel of hope and grace.” (Barbara Kingsolver, author of The Poisonwood Bible)
Newcomer will perform Saturday, April 9, at 8 p.m. at the Davis Theatre as part of the Cabarrus Arts Council On Stage at the Davis flagship performing arts series. The theatre is located at 65 Union Street S, Concord, in Cabarrus County’s historic courthouse. Tickets are $32 and available 24 hours a day at www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org or at the Davis Theatre Box Office, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 704-920-2753.
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