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Off The Common
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First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church
50 School Street
Bridgewater, Massachusetts
   

Kerri Powers
Oct 1, 2016

Kerri Powers at Off the Common Coffeehouse Oct 1, 2016

“Powers is something of an anomaly.  She’s like the music scene’s version of the protagonist in the film, “The Natural,” having spent the “prime of her career” out of the spotlight -- in her case, tending to her family -- only to return from absolutely nowhere to wow and amaze.  Where Robert Redford made all the fans sit up and cheer with mammoth home runs, Kerri Powers is going to make people listening to this album do the exact same thing with exceptional song writing and equally exceptional delivery.” -- Chip McCabe, Lonesome Noise

Kerri Powers was destined to be a musician from the start. While most kids her age spent their childhoods following frivolous pursuits, she spent hers reading, painting, writing stories, learning guitar and composing her first songs at the tender age of nine. By her own admission, she was a shy child, but her creative pursuits gave her an appreciation of the larger world around her. Those instincts seemed to have been bred naturally, given that there was undeniable talent embedded in her genes. Bing Crosby was a distant relative on her father’s side, while her mother’s relatives were said to be descended from author Herman Melville. Notably too, Powers’ paternal grandmother made her living by playing piano and providing musical accompaniment for silent films, making her a show business standby back in the day.

Not surprisingly then, Powers was encouraged to pursue her own creative ambitions while still in adolescence. Her mother, a talented visual artist in her own right, owned an extensive record collection, which gave Kerri her initial exposure to irrefutable icons like Bob Dylan, Neil Young and John Prine. “I would sit in a wicker rocking chair by the record player and sing along to the songs,” she recalls. “I remember hearing John Prine’s “Hello in There” for the first time and feeling that something magical was happening. It was a momentary yet memorable trip to a sad but hopeful place of lonely old faces.”

Powers started playing professionally in local coffeehouses throughout her native New England, and went on to release several well-received albums in the new millennium, culminating in Faith in the Shadows in 2009. Two of her songs were later featured on the Fox series “Rescue Me” starring Denis Leary. After taking time off to get married and raise her young son she returned to performing, counting among her credits the Boston Folk Festival, Philadelphia Folk Festival, and Telluride Bluegrass Festival, among other prestigious gatherings. She’s also toured Europe while opening for Canadian singer/songwriter Fred Eaglesmith in The Netherlands, Belgium, and the United Kingdom.

This flurry of activity recently culminated in a new self-titled album, her first effort in five years. With a track list that includes eight searing self-penned songs along with incisive covers of Janis Ian’s “Jesse,” and The Bee Gees’ “To Love Somebody,” it ranks as Powers’ most accomplished collection to date. “The recording was a last minute decision,” she recalls. “The idea was to cut a couple of tracks simply to see how it would go.” 

The results – a sound that’s homespun, sparse and understated -- provide another ideal showcase for Powers’ intimate and expressive song writing, as well as her adroit ability to interpret the works of others.

Fully reenergized and excited about rebooting her career, Powers is looking forward to a return to touring both here and overseas. Clearly, the creative spark that was ignited so early on is fully fuelled once again.

Lee Zimmerman

Also Appearing - Carrie Ferguson

Carrie Ferguson at Off the Common Coffeehouse Oct 1, 2016

Carrie Ferguson Riding on the Back of the Wind Northampton, MA Produced by Scot Coar, Carrie Ferguson & Eric Ferguson Recorded & mixed at Sow's Ear Studios by Coar Additional recording by Eric Ferguson Mastered by Jeff Lipton at Peerless Mastering By: Christopher Wilkey May 2010 Let me just say it: this album is great. It crosses musical genres like a cat's cradle. It's rootsy and rocking, swinging and soulful. The songs are well-crafted and catchy with sweet melodies and instrumentation that is artfully arranged. Ferguson's tales seem to leap from the speakers. They breathe. They speak. They fill the air with rich imagery and tasty zeal. They capture you and pull you into a world full of love and discovery, shaded by a touch of humor and loss. Listening to the album is like being at a backyard barbecue with all your friends, old lovers, family and coworkers. A party lit with string lights in the trees, fueled with endless food and a bottomless cooler of beer and soda. It's an incredible debut offering. "Liar Liar"is full of pep and spunk. "Beautiful World"is warm and endearing. But "Girls Like Me"is a gem, a singalong radio chart-topper just waiting to happen. The chorus swells like a roller coaster - not one of the crazy new ones where you flip and jerk all over the place - no, it's like one of the old wooden ones where you feel giddy and light as you swirl around in a circle, dipping and swaying. When you put this record on, you're gonna smile.

NORTHEAST PERFORMER MAGAZINE, RECORD REVIEW - Christopher Wilkey    May 01, 2010

General Information


The 2016/2017 Season --

 

Oct 1

Kerri Powers with Carrie Ferguson

 

Nov 5

Greg Greenway

 

Dec 3

Atwater-Donnelly with The Vox Hunters

 

Jan 7

The Kennedys with Quentin Callewaert

 

Feb 4

Don White

 

Mar 4

The Boxcar Lilies with Sparrow Blue

 

Apr 1

Bill Staines

 

May 6

The Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio with Emily Mure

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