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Award-Winning Artist Alice Wallace Performs Thursday in Barnesville

Alice Wallace

BARNESVILLE — Skyflight Productions presents an evening with Alice Wallace on Thursday, Feb. 20, at The Albert S. George Youth Center at Barnesville Memorial Park.

Wallace has taken honors as 2017 California Country Awards Female Vocalist of the Year and 2016 LA Music Critic Awards for Best Country/Americana Artist and Best Official Music Video (female).

“Alice Wallace’s steady tenor is shot through with Crystal Gayle’s ache and Linda Ronstadt’s country essence,” according to Pollstar Magazine. She’s touring in support of her new album, “Into the Blue.”

“It’s a song about taking the risk to do what you love,” Wallace said of the soaring track, “The Blue,” which yields a lyric entitling her spellbinding new album.

With “Into the Blue,” the California-country singer-songwriter conjures the atmospheric sound of the Golden State’s canyons and deserts, mountains and crashing waves, its crowning beauty and its tragic losses. At the same time, the supple-voiced Wallace tells her own and others’ stories, weaving tales that resonate as we grapple with so many disturbing national issues.

“Into the Blue” is Wallace’s fourth album but marks her debut on the brand-new Rebelle Road label, an imprint founded by a trio of women dedicated to strengthening the California Country music community and expanding visibility for female artists in the Americana/roots genre.

“They care so deeply about giving women a stronger voice in the music industry,” Wallace said. Having spent the past six years writing songs and touring the nation — from Americanfest to county fairs, barrooms to coffeehouses — Wallace is ready to break out.

“It takes bravery to ‘sail away into the blue’ and grab it,” she said. “It took me until about six years ago to finally take the plunge, quit my job and go for it. I haven’t looked back since.”

“Into the Blue” represents Wallace’s evolution as a recording artist, showcasing her growth as a songwriter as she embraces a fuller sound, backed by some of Americana’s most distinctive players. Co-produced by Steve Berns and Rebelle Road’s studio veteran, songwriter and musician K.P. Hawthorn (who’ve made a name for themselves working with artists in the West Coast Americana scene), the album is brimming with soul. The formidable rhythm section, including drummer Jay Bellerose (Bonnie Raitt, Elton John, Aimee Mann) and bassist Jennifer Condos (Jackson Browne, Graham Nash), underpins instrumentation ranging from Tom Bremer’s crunchy electric guitar to Kaitlin Wolfberg’s lush string arrangements to keys and pedal steel from Jeremy Long (Sam Outlaw).

Doors will open at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, and the show will begin at 8 p.m. Further information may be obtained at 423-276-2653 or visit Skyflight Productions on Facebook.

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