Acoustic Sunday Live! is a special presentation of Three Women and the Truth, featuring Gretchen Peters, Kathy Mattea, and Mary Gauthier, along with very special guest GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Recipient Tom Paxton with the Don Juans.
About the Artists
Tom Paxton is a recipient of the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for his songs, his work to promote music in schools, and his part in the folk movement in American Music. His career spans more than fifty years. He is noteworthy as a music educator, as well as for advocating that folk singers combine traditional songs with new compositions.
Paxton's songs have been widely covered, including modern standards such as "The Last Thing on My Mind", "Bottle of Wine", "Whose Garden Was This", "The Marvelous Toy", and "Ramblin Boy". Paxton's songs have been recorded by Pete Seeger, Bob Watson, Harry Belafonte, Peter, Paul and Mary, The Seekers, Marianne Faithful, The Kingston Trio, the Chad Mitchell Trio, John Scruggs, The Move, The Fireballs and many others. We are honored to have him play for us tonight.
Kathy Mattea didn’t play it safe while she charted mainstream country hits — 16 of them reaching the top 10 — and she’s not about to start now.
There just isn’t a template for a career like Kathy Mattea’s. Her mainstream accomplishments have already earned her a place in the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame, and, never one to tread water creatively, she’s recently made her gracefully daring leap into the roots-honoring traditional folk world.
Her 18 albums are woven through with bluegrass, gospel, and Celtic influences, and have garnered multiple CMA, ACM, and GRAMMY® Awards. A genuine storyteller, Mattea draws inspiration from her Appalachian roots and is a torchbearer for often overlooked musical legacies like those of Hazel Dickens and Jean Ritchie. Her most recent album, Calling Me Home, is a collection of songs that celebrates the Appalachian culture of her native West Virginia and expands the vocabulary of acoustic roots music that has always served as her artistic center.
Mary Gauthier is a singer-songwriter whom the Associated Press named one of the best songwriters of her generation. Voted 2005's New Artist of the Year by The Americana Music Association, she has been praised by both Dylan and Waits, and her songs have been recorded by dozens of artists, including Jimmy Buffett, Blake Shelton. Tim McGraw, and Candi Staton. Her songs have been used in film and television, most recently on the ABC hit show Nashville, HBO's Banshee, and Masterpiece Theater's Case Histories. She has released six studio albums. Her third album, Filth and Fire, was named #1 Best Independent CD of the year by Jon Pareles of the New York Times. Her following three releases have been named in the LA Times and The New York Times top three releases of the year. Her record Mercy Now was named in the top 5 records of the decade by No Depression magazine.
Gretchen Peters is a twice GRAMMY-nominated and CMA Song of the Year winner for the groundbreaking "Independence Day" (Martina McBride). Peters has cut her own artistic path, touring continually in both North America and the UK and Europe, and releasing nine critically acclaimed albums on the way. Born in New York and raised in Colorado, the 25-year Nashville resident has accumulated accolades as a songwriter for artists as diverse as Etta James, Trisha YeaIWood, Bonnie Raitt, The Neville Brothers, Patty Loveless, George Strait, Bryan Adams and Faith Hill. Her album, Hello Cruel World (2012), landed in the top 5 on the Americana chart and maintained the# 1 position for a record-breaking 2 months on the EuroAmericana chart. It was described by NPR's All Things Considered as "the album of her career."
Produced and presented by Bruce Newman, proceeds from this event will benefit the Indie Memphis Film Festival.