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Modern women’s lives in a mythic context

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CARBONDALE, Colo. – Music lovers can get a little cosy at Steve’s Guitars tonight.Mythic songwriter Cosy Sheridan performs at 8:30 p.m. today, with doors opening at 8 p.m.Sheridan and her wryly insightful songs have been showcased everywhere from Carnegie Hall to ‘The Dr Demento Show.’ In her new CD on Waterbug Records, “Live At CedarHouse,” listeners sample a taste of Sheridan’s live performances and see why she’s been called “one of the era’s finest and most thoughtful singer/songwriters.”Sheridan is one of the pre-eminent songwriters on the folk scene to document the lives of modern women. She places the fast-paced culture of 21st century America into a mythic context with insightful, energetic and at times comic effect. Who else would think to make Botox injections the modern equivalent of the beauty cream of Persephone, Queen of the Underworld? Or to find a modern psyche reminiscing about eros from a women’s prison?

Sheridan first appeared on the national folk scene in 1992 when she won the songwriting contests at the Kerrville Folk Festival and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, and released her critically acclaimed CD “Quietly Led” on Waterbug Records.Since then, she’s released five more CDs, and written a one-woman-show (and accompanying CD) titled, “The Pomegranate Seed – An Exploration of Appetite, Body-Image and Myth in Modern Culture.”She recently composed a song-cycle for best-selling author Robert Fulghum’s new book, “Third Wish,” which has been at the top of the bestseller list in the Czech Republic since last year. Two of the songs from that project have been recorded on her new live CD.Sheridan will be accompanied on bass and harmonies by fellow songwriter, TR Ritchie – and they will also be including some of his songs into the concert.

Learn more about Sheridan online at Saturday, The Wayword Sons, featuring singer-songwriter Benny “Burle” Galloway, continues the live music in downtown Carbondale.Galloway’s songwriting talents includes his work on Yonder Mountain String Band’s 2003 album “Old Hands.” His current band – out of from Durango – uses traditional bluegrass as a jumping off point for launching into a unique, genre-bending style all his own. The Wayword Sons music has been described as “jammy, yet tight, lyrical yet improvisational and tender yet rock solid, blending old and new, sweet and salty.” They have backed up Jeff Austin of Yonder Mountain String Band and Vince Herman of Leftover Salmon. Their first album, “Poor Boys Delight,” debuted in the top ten of Billboards bluegrass charts for good reason.

“These guys just plain out rock,” said Steve Standiford, via e-mail.The band features Burle on stand-up bass, along with Gregg Andrulls, Anders Beck, and Pete Kartsounes on keyboards, dobro, and acoustic guitar, respectively.”They are all supremely talented musicians that bring Burle’s original songs to life,” Standiford said. “It is a wonderful thing to hear live in a great venue.”Check out the band online at more information about both shows, call 963-3304.Post Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO

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