The Wallowa Valley Music Alliance’s Tunesmith Night, a monthly showcase of original music, will be 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at the Gold Room at the Jennings Hotel, 100 North Main, Joseph.
The show features songwriters Erisy Watt, Joseph Hein and Bart Budwig.
Watt is a Nashville-raised folk artist based in Portland. Having toured in several countries over the past years alongside guitarist Jeremy Ferrara, Watt’s blend of folk and soul is often compared to Joni Mitchell and Norah Jones. Developing her sound in Santa Barbara, Calif., where she lived for six years, Watt’s music invites listeners to celebrate the beauty and freedom of wilder places with every song and story.
Hein sings honestly about good times and the bad. He grew up making music in the rural eastern Washington region known as the Palouse. With that small-town isolation, the multi-instrumentalist gleaned from a range of influences and played with a tight knit group of kids in all sorts of bands that ranged from punk to electronic pop.
Budwig writes songs about places between the hills, in the draws and hidden canyons where truth is a little more in focus, stories take their time being toldand melodies don’t have to wear rhinestone suits or drive shiny cars to be beautiful. Budwig’s most recent recording, “Paint by Numbers Jesus - Sacrilegious and Spiritual Songs,” was released this spring, described as a “swamp country” concept record pulling from grooves of Motown and the American deep south in the ‘60s and ‘70s. Budwig is resident sound engineer at the OK Theatre in Enterprise
Tunesmith Night is presented in a round-robin format, with each musician playing a song, then the next taking a turn, creating an interesting and varied performance. Admission is $10 at the door or by season pass. Doors open at 6 p.m. All ages welcome. No food or beverage service provided –– BYO.