Grammy Award-winning folk singer Patty Griffin joins forces with Sara Watkins and Anais Mitchell in a celebration of American songwriting. This special “singers-in-the-round” style show features all three artists on stage together, sharing songs for the entire evening.
USE YOUR VOICE 2016
Featuring:Patty Griffin, Sara Watkins & Anaïs Mitchell
With: David Pulkingham, Guitar & Vocals
Carolyn Rosenfeld, Tour Manager
Roy Taylor, Technical Director
Jerry Holmes, Stage Production
Columbia Artists Management LLC – Tim Fox / Alison Ahart Williams – 1790 Broadway, New York, NY 10019
Produced in association with Solid Productions, LLC – Chris Goldsmith and Thirty Tigers, David Macias
Use Your Voice Puts Patty Griffin, Sara Watkins and Anaïs Mitchell on Tour on behalf of The League Of Women Voters
Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Patty Griffin teams up with Sara Watkins, acclaimed solo artist and member of the platinum recording act Nickel Creek, and critical favorite singer-songwriter Anaïs Mitchell on the highly anticipated national tour, "Use Your Voice".
The genesis of this tour came from Griffin wanting to make the world, her country, her community, a better place to be. She asked two of her friends whom she had previously toured with her to join her to spread the message that getting informed and participating in the process was the only way to fight the despondency and disconnect that many feel about civic involvement. She says, “I am so excited about this upcoming tour! It all started with me looking for a way to participate in the world as I’ve grown older – you know, complain a little less, do a little more. I then came across information that was surprising to me about voting in the US. I didn’t realize that single women are an incredibly influential voting group in the US, and, too many are not turning out to vote. This is troubling on a lot of levels, but the most troubling one to me is that so many in this group, of which I am a member, find so little to connect with in the workings of government. So little that we don’t bother. I am hoping with this tour to bang the drum about our democracy, about our communities, and even about our neighbors down the street.”
It was important to Griffin that the message not be lost in the fog of partisan conversations that dominate civic discourse. That led her to seek out a partnership with The League Of Women Voters, whose mission is to expand participation in the voting process and give a voice to all Americans, regardless of their political ideals.
Patty Griffin is a Grammy-Award winning artist who has achieved great acclaim for her songwriting as well as her powerful voice. Her first two albums, Living With Ghosts and Flaming Red are considered seminal albums in the singer-songwriter genre, while Children Running Through won Best Album and led to her being named Best Artist at the 2007 Americana Music Awards. She won the Grammy for Downtown Church, her 2010 gospel album. Her songs have been covered by a myriad of artists including Emmylou Harris, The Dixie Chicks, Joan Baez and Bette Midler. She was born in Old Town, Maine and resides in Austin, Texas.
Sara Watkins is a singer-songwriter with deep California roots. She debuted in 1989 as a founding member of the progressive bluegrass group Nickel Creek along with her brother Sean and mandolinist Chris Thile. She has two solo albums, Sara Watkins and Sun Midnight Sun on Nonesuch Records and readying a third solo release for summer of 2016. In 2015, Sara and Sean took their variety show, Watkins Family Hour, on the road and celebrated their decade-plus Los Angeles residency with a much heralded release, Watkins Family Hour. The album featured performances from LA-fixtures such as Fiona Apple, Benmont Tench, Greg Leisz, Sebastian Steinberg and Don Heffington. If three projects weren’t enough, Sara is also a member of another acclaimed trio, I’m With Her, with fellow songstresses Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O’Donovan.
Anaïs Mitchell is a Vermont and Brooklyn-based songwriter who comes from the world of narrative folksong, poetry and balladry. She recorded for Ani Difranco’s Righteous Babe Records for several years before founding her own Wilderland label in 2012. Her recent albums have found themselves on ‘Year End Best-Of’ lists including NPR, Wall Street Journal and the Guardian. The UK’s Daily Telegraph described her as “writing material that stands comparison with the great singer-songwriters of the past few decades.” The stage production of her folk-opera album Hadestown will premiere off-Broadway at New York Theatre Workshop in May.
David Pulkingham is a guitarist, songwriter, producer and teacher. Based in Austin, Texas, he has been a mainstay of the thriving music scene for the last twenty-three years. David has released two instrumental albums entitled David Pulkingham Plays Guitar Volumes 1 and 3, and in 2015 he released his first singer-songwriter album entitled Little Pearl. Pulkingham currently tours with Patty Griffin and has played with her for the past four years. His mastery of numerous styles has led him to share the stage and record with many artists around the world. Famed David Bowie producer, Tony Visconti calls Pulkingham, “the complete guitarist, one of the best I have ever worked with."