Three Girls and their Buddy - Emmylou Harris, Shawn Colvin, Patty Griffin and Buddy Miller
You read that correctly… the show of the year is here! Just confirmed yesterday, the second annual ”Three Girls and their Buddy” tour will grace our fair city this February 9th at the State Theatre. This is an astounding lineup of performers and we at Dan Smalls Presents couldn’t be happier that we have been selected as a presenter for a date on this year’s tour. Tickets will go on sale Friday, November 21st at 10AM at the State Theatre Box Office, 105 West State Street in Ithaca, NY, online at stateofithaca.com, or by calling 800.919.6272. There are three price levels: Gold Circle -$68.00 plus theatre restoration surcharge, $51.00 plus theatre restoration surcharge and $41.00 plus theatre restoration surcharge. Fanclub tickets go an sale here a week earlier… sign up now! For more information visit: dansmallspresents.com.
In the only upstate New York play (No Rochester, No Buffalo, No Syracuse, No Albany, No Binghamton, etc.), Emmylou Harris, Shawn Colvin, Patty Griffin and Buddy Miller will arrive in Ithaca for one-night of intimate music and storytelling akin to last year’s wall-to-wall sellout with Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt. During last year’s innaugural run of the “Three Girls and their Buddy” Tour, the songwriters all shared the stage together and traded songs for several hours. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see four of the greatest songwriters of our time share the stage together.
Each of these artists could fill the theatre on their own, but in the spirit of musical sharing and the fun they have together, they have chosen to play smaller theatres and present an extremely intimate offering. In case you are unfamiliar… here’s some information about each of them:
Twelve-time Grammy award winner Emmylou Harris has been hailed as a major figure in several of America’s most important musical movements of the past three decades. Harris’ contributions to country-rock, the bluegrass revival, folk music, and the Americana movement are widely lauded, and in recent years she also has carved out a sound that is uniquely her own. A steadfast supporter of roots music and a skilled interpreter of compelling songs, she also has been associated with a diverse array of admiring collaborators. Her 1995 Wrecking Ball was a watershed album for her, combining several world-music elements with acoustic instruments, driving percussion, and a folk/roots flavor. The new style would evolve on a number of Harris’ subsequent releases, including 1998’s Spyboy, 1999’s Western Wall (a collaboration with Linda Ronstadt), and 2000’s Red Dirt Girl, which was praised as a showcase for Emmylou Harris’s songwriting talent.
Shawn Colvin is one of the bright spots of the so-called “new folk movement” that began in the late ’80s. And though she grew out of the somewhat limited “woman with a guitar” school, she has managed to keep the form fresh with a diverse approach, avoiding the clichéd sentiments and all-too-often formulaic arrangements that have plagued the genre. In less than a decade of recording, Colvin has emerged as a songcraftsman with plenty of pop smarts, which has earned her a broad and loyal following. In an era when female singer-songwriters have been ever-more ubiquitous, Shawn Colvin stands out as a singular and enduring talent. The three-time Grammy winner has released eight albums to date, including the platinum A Few Small Repairs which featured the hit song “Sunny Came Home.”
Patty Griffin’s new album Children Running Through (ATO) continues the remarkable creative evolution that’s quietly established Griffin as a vital and singular musical force. It also belies her persistent sensitive-singer-songwriter image—a limiting perception that fails to fully convey the emotional depth and breadth of her songwriting or the emotive power of her fluid, soulful singing. Folk and rock singer Patty Griffin burst onto the national music scene in 1996 with her stark, emotional acoustic CDLiving with Ghosts. The album introduced a singer-songwriter of uncommon power. John Scheinman writing in the Fairfax Journal said, “Here’s this woman from Old Town, Maine … making the kind of record only Bob Dylan gets to make anymore…. [But] Griffin doesn’t need a band to fill the spaces because the songs come out of her gut with a conviction that’s more than enough.”
Behind the music is a modest man of extraordinarily broad skills. Emmylou Harris, in whose band Buddy served for 8 years, calls the 51-year old Ohio-born Nashville transplant “one of the best guitar players of all time.” Steve Earle, another former bandmate, pronounces him “the best country singer working today.” Records by artists ranging from Lucinda Williams to Trisha Yearwood have benefited from Buddy’s vocal and instrumental prowess. As for the taut, elegiac songs he composes, they could be mistaken for disinterred relics, resonant of a lost age when white and black music were casually consanguineous – could be, only cover versions by hitmakers like Lee Ann Womack, Brooks & Dunn, and the Dixie Chicks have proved their contemporary power, affirming Buddy as one of Music City’s most valuable writers. Then there is his superiority as a producer and engineer (Harris, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Jim Lauderdale). And he has a nice sideline mastering records. He just finished touring with Allison Krauss and Robert Plant.