Aspen Writers’ group sings a new tune |

Aspen Writers’ group sings a new tune

ASPEN The Aspen Writers’ Foundation has never limited itself stylistically, including poets, novelists and magazine journalists in its programs. For the celebration of its 30th annual summer conference, the Writers’ Foundation adds another category of scribbler to its aegis: the songwriter.The new series, Lyrically Speaking, will bring to town performing songwriters in events that focus as much on the lyrics as the performance; it is described as “‘Inside the Actors’ Studio’ meets VH1’s ‘Storytellers.'”The series opens on a note that dovetails perfectly with the theme of this year’s Aspen Summer Words Literary Festival, Voices of the West. Though Allan Harris is Brooklyn-born, and known best as a jazz singer, he has had a lifelong fascination with the American West and cowboy culture. His recent album, “Cross That River,” tells the story of Blue, a Louisiana slave who escaped to the West, and through him explores the experience of the black American cowboy. Harris appears in the first Lyrically Speaking event Tuesday at Belly Up; host for the series is Paul Zollo, an editor of American Songwriter magazine. The Writers’ Conference is in talks with top-level songwriters for future installments.The 30th annual Aspen Summer Words launches Saturday and runs through Thursday at The Gant, home of the 1976 conference opener.

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