Opening Set by Ian Cooke
Colorado-based singer-songwriter, Gabrielle Louise is a nationally touring troubadour noted for her poignant lyrics and lush voice. The daughter of two vagabond musicians, she inherited a predisposition to wanderlust and song. Her musical voice has been described as “anchored deeply in folk and Americana, but drawn to rich harmonies and melodic adventurism.” Her sound has the earthy feel of early Joni Mitchell while also veering into the spirited delivery of fellow genre-hopping artist Eva Cassidy. Louise studied at Michigan's prestigious Interlochen Center for the Arts, and soon after earned her degree in songwriting at Berklee College of Music in Boston, at which time she also began touring as a solo artist. She has rarely been off the road since and has released a handful of acclaimed independent albums, including The Bird in My Chest (2013) and this fall’s If the Static Clears, for which this concert is a CD release celebration. Louise has shared stages over the past decade with such iconic performers as Richie Havens, Guy Clark and Eliza Gilkyson.
"Gabrielle Louise is eclectic, eccentric, seductive, flexible, literate and a plethora of other descriptive adjectives that pertain to music and creativity and yet there is no pinning down this woman, no way to sum her up in one word. She manages to blend seemingly disparate styles of music and lyrics into a captivating blend...a homogenous mix of folk, bluegrass, and jazz...Her voice is going to make time stand still in that it is full, rich and has great nuance in it...A beautifully crafted disc in every possible way."
--NO DEPRESSION/Bob Gottlieb