Rain City Tales & Tunes
Rain City Tales & Tunes is a brand-new radio show which brings the Northwest's best storytellers and musicians together onstage. Taped in front of a live audience at Empty Sea, the show features acoustic music and tale-telling. Each episode features a unique theme, and audience members are invited to volunteer for the storytelling spotlight.
Produced jointly by Empty Sea Studios and KBCS storyteller Auntmama (Mary Anne Moorman), Rain City will be available to public radio stations this fall.
May 20th's show theme is about odd jobs. What have we done to get by, and how have our odd jobs changed us along the way? Read on to learn about the singers and tellers who'll be treating you with their own stories, soon.
Mary Bue likes creaky clanky pianos and falling asleep playing guitar. She wants to sing to you about what she's cooking for dinner or what she dreamt about last night. Sometimes carthartic, sometimes joyous and always bittersweet, this newly transplanted Minneapolitan is making a soft winter nest of music for you.
Blend the sound of Ben Folds' joyous piano pop, Carole King's earthy soul and Tori Amos' quirky, intense intimacy and you'll get an idea of what Ms. Bue sounds like. In her teenage days, songs were born out of locking herself in her bedroom with notebooks and her Fender Squire with a hot pink strap (ask her, she still has it). Eleven years later, the twenty-five year old Bue has been the recipiant of two artist residencies in Florida, nominated for Best Local Folk Act in Providence, RI, toured nationally, led songwriting workshops and independently released two full length albums with the third to be released April 7th, 2007 in Minneapolis. Her first album "Where the Monarchs Circled" (2001), was reviewed by Low's Alan Sparhawk who said "While the last ten years have seen a good handful of new piano-and-voice artists who are endlessly mimicked, Bue has a unique feel of her own in her songs." Her latest release is a mash of Mary's songs and production; a bunch of wonderful musicians from Duluth and Minneapolis and a few super talented sound engineers: Eric Swanson (Sacred Heart Duluth), Chris Mara (Nashville) and finally Mike Whitney & Tom Herbers from Third Ear Studio in Minneapolis.
This pixie haired troubador will soon be coming to a town near you since she's paired up with Ripple Entertainment LLC and Cephalopod Records. And more songs are sure to come from her travels as she tends to write lots of poems on the road. Be sure to buy her a coffee or a nice glass of red wine next time she sings in your town!
Laurie Cox is a humor writer, storyteller and essayist from Seattle. She is a dog walker, foster parent, ex-gay drop out, former teacher and frequent performer on stages all around the Northwest. Laurie has read her gut-bustingly funny and always earnest stories on stages including The Moth, TumbleMe Productions, and Bent Writing Institute, where she taught writing classes for several years. Laurie's fans include David Sedaris, who once sent her a post-card in exchange for a story.
Laurie's chapbook, Don't Be a Dogwalker, is full of terribly true tales from the trenches of a writer-turned canine-caregiver.
Named Auntmama by a nephew of choice, Mary Anne Moorman gathers audiences up in her blend of music, and storied southern lore. Her voice is a view of the Blue Ridge Mountains at dusk, rolling and misted sweet. These stories are conversations with memory as well as with the audience that's enjoying them.
"I'd be a singer if I could sing, but I like music too much to mess it up," she says. Her Appalachian roots are intertwined with the music she grew up with, many of her stories reflecting that harmonic heritage through influences from Gershwin, Cole Porter, Flatt & Scruggs, and Porter Wagoner.
The Stranger has written of Auntmama's tales: "As a precious, southern belle, she's conflicted and her extremes and voice boil out the sweetest words I think I've ever heard in my life. A real gem, she is. Glad I saw it, haven't stopped hearing her lilting voice in my head."
Moorman, a former machinist, management consultant and journalist, teaches storytelling at Washington State's famous Wintergrass festival, Northwest Folklife Festival, Hugo House's Write-O-Rama, as well as offering workshops throughout the country. She is the recipient of grants from Artist Trust, 4Cultural and the City of Seattle. Her three albums are available through her website, in local bookstores or through iTunes. She can be heard every Sunday morning on KBCS 91.3 FM.
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