Tom Brosseau and Shelley Short have roots in classic folk with contemporary musings
VISALIA – From North Dakota waves of grain to the seaside of Oregon, two American folk artists will sing across the fruited plains of Central California next month.
Folk artists Tom Brosseau and Shelley Short will perform Friday, March 2 at the Cellar Door in Visalia as part of a West Coast swing from Seattle to San Diego. Both harken back to a folk heritage that predates the more popular revival of the genre in the 1960s.
Both artists are celebrating new albums released last August that have an uncanny ability to bridge music of the past with matters of the present. For Brosseau the tour is chance to share his latest release Treasures Untold. The album is a collection of traditional American folk songs re-imagined by Brosseau. They include the singing Rev. Gary Davis’ “I am the Light of the World,” the Hank Williams heartbreak ballad “You Win Again,” and a pair of turn-of-the-century tunes by Jimmie Rodgers, considered to be the “Father of Country Music.”
Brosseau, a native of Grand Forks, N.D., is inspired by the place he was born and raised. A tender troubadour, Brosseau’s voice and observations are filled with a bright innocence that can’t be minimized in their ability to put you at peace. One feels scrubbed clean after listening to his work—a sensation that’s only heightened when he performs in concert. For more information on the artist, visit www.tombrosseau.com.
Over the past decade Short has released five albums to critical acclaim, including her last titled Pacific City. Inspired while recording songs along the Oregon coastline, Short’s new album navigates traditional folk themes while charting a more contemporary course.
Short’s voice has a solace sweetness that meanders through old times and new troubles. Growing up in Portland, Ore., Short’s parents filled their house with a slew of books, piles of records, reels of complex movie plots, not to mention the seemingly endless parade of musicians and artists who used the house as some kind of unofficial cultural headquarters.
This upbringing paired with her lovely voice, found Short singing alongside several Portland area artists including M Ward, who partnered with actress Zooey Deschanel to form the duo She & Him, Grammy-nominated The Decemberists, and many others. For more information on the artist, visit www.shelleyshort.com.
This duo pays tribute to the roots of American music while proudly portraying the endless branches of folk music’s future. Brosseau and Short will perform from 9 to 11 p.m. on March 2 at the Cellar Door, 101 W. Main St. in Visalia. Admission is $7. For more information on the Cellar Door, call 559-636-9463 or visit cellardoor101.com.