Laurie Lewis, Nina Gerber, Don Henry, Claudia Russell bring Words & Music to The Palms on Jan. 11

Laurie Lewis, Claudia Russell, Nina Gerber and Don Henry will bring a song-swap performance they call Words & Music to The Palms Playhouse in Winters on Saturday, Jan. 11. Courtesy photo

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Laurie Lewis, Nina Gerber, Don Henry and Claudia Russell will join forces for a song circle performance at The Palms Playhouse, 13 Main St. in Winters, on Saturday, Jan. 11 at 7:30 p.m.

The three award-winning singers and songwriters will perform some of their favorite compositions, accompanied by acclaimed guitarist Gerber.

Tickets are $23 in advance, $27 at the door, and $12 with student ID.

Laurie Lewis is a world-renowned, Grammy-winning singer, songwriter, fiddler, guitarist, bandleader, producer and educator. According to Linda Ronstadt, “Her voice is a rare combination of grit and grace, strength and delicacy. Her stories are always true.”

Berkeley-based musician has twice won the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Female Vocalist of the Year. She has recorded nearly 20 albums for such labels as Flying Fish, Rounder, Hightone, Sugar Hill, Kaleidoscope and her own label, Spruce & Maple Music.

Lewis’ latest album with her band the Right Hands, “The Hazel and Alice Sessions,” was nominated for the Best Bluegrass Recording Grammy in 2017. She previously won a Grammy for her contribution to “True Life Blues: the Songs of Bill Monroe.”

In addition to her solo work, Lewis has recorded with the Good Ol’ Persons, Grant Street, Tom Rozum and Kathy Kallick.

Don Henry is a songwriter’s songwriter, bringing humor, depth and a profound sense of humanity to his songs. Ray Charles, Conway Twitty, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Patti Page, Lonestar and others have recorded his songs.

Henry won a Grammy for Kathy Mattea’s version of his “Where’ve You Been” as well as Song of the Year honors from the Academy of Country Music, the Country Music Association, and the Nashville Songwriters Association International.

He’s shared the stage with a vast array of artists from Keith Urban to Joey Ramone. His songs tend to be both funny and thought provoking, and he sings them with tenderness and humor.

According to Entertainment Weekly, “Henry comes across as a first cousin to Randy Newman, with hot-wired songs about born-again whores, interfaith marriages, and the homeless taking over the White House. This is funny and thought-provoking stuff, all of it good.”

When not performing solo and with Words and Music, Henry opens shows for and plays with folk legend Tom Paxton and with the duo, the DonJuans. For many years, Henry performed at The Palms in a song circle with Steve Seskin and Craig Carothers.

Claudia Russell’s heartfelt and humorous songs have won her accolades on both sides of the Atlantic. According to Britain’s Country Music People UK, “Few singers can construct a song as well as Claudia Russell, and her sharp, well-observed lyrics have an engaging, timeless feel.” American Songwriter hailed her 2013 CD, “All Our Luck Is Changing,” as “a masterpiece,” and Sing Out magazine called her “an outstanding talent in the crowded field of singer/songwriters.” Boston’s WUMB-FM named Russell Artist of the Year in 2000 and the East Bay Express selected her as Best Musician in 2006.

She has shared stages with Kris Kristoffersen, Willie Nelson, Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer, Loudon Wainwright III, Steve Forbert, Tish Hinojosa, Darryl Purpose, Peter Rowan, Rosalie Sorrels and Bill Staines, among many others. She often performs and records with Bruce Kaplan.

Nina Gerber will add her virtuoso guitar to the evening’s music. Gerber is one of the West Coast’s most sought-after guitarists, and is known for her intuitive style and ability to blend with and elevate music from a range of artists.

She’s played with a wealth of artists including Nanci Griffith, Dave Alvin, Karla Bonoff, Peter Rowan, John Gorka, Lucy Kaplansky, Chris Webster and notably Kate Wolf, with whom Gerber started her musical career. Her album “Good Music with Good People” features Gerber playing with Jackson Browne, Eliza Gilkyson, Bruce Cockburn and others.

Tickets are available at Pacific Ace Hardware in Winters, Armadillo Music in Davis, Davids’ Broken Note in Woodland, online via The Palms’ website and Eventbrite, and at the door if not sold out.

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