7:00 PM, Doors at 6:30 PM
Eliza Gilkyson is a twice-Grammy-nominated (2006/2015) singer-songwriter and activist who is one of the most respected musicians in Folk, Roots and Americana circles. Her songs have been covered by Joan Baez, Bob Geldof, and Tom Rush and have appeared in films, PBS specials and on prime-time TV. A member of the Austin Music Hall of Fame and a recent inductee into the Austin Songwriter Hall of Fame, she has won countless Folk Alliance and Austin Music awards, including 2014’s Songwriter of the Year.
On stage, Eliza presents a vibrant spontaneous mix of storytelling with self-effacing humor and tenderness, within a wide-ranging spectrum of human experience, from intimate love songs to political diatribe, accompanied by some of the best support players in the world. She will be accompanied by guitarist, songwriter and producer Nina Gerber.
Eliza’s new release is SECULARIA, a collection of spiritually charged songs that do not fit within the parameters of traditional religious beliefs but challenge us to respect all life and be accountable for our actions in such perilous times. The new collection features a stunning performance with the acclaimed Tosca String Quartet, cameos with Shawn Colvin, gospel singer Sam Butler, and a duet with her friend the late Jimmy LaFave, as well as several songs adapted from poetry by her grandmother Phoebe Hunter Gilkyson, who co-wrote with Eliza’s father, folksinger Terry Gilkyson.
Produced by her son, Cisco Ryder (Nocturne Diaries, Red Horse, Roses at the End of Time), with a spare urban folk approach, the recording features songs of grief, gratitude and wonder that fit these uncertain times. Included are several songs adapted from poems by her grandmother, Phoebe Hunter Gilkyson, who co-wrote with Eliza’s father, folksinger Terry Gilkyson, in the 50s, a duet with the late Jimmy LaFave, along with cameos by Shawn Colvin and gospel singer Sam Butler (Keith Richards, Donald Fagan, Clarence Fountain).
“…This musical collection reflects my lifelong commitment to breaking out of the traditional “God-as Man” paradigm and freely pursuing a creative and meaningful life. The fall from grace and redemption of the soul in these songs are less about a deity or afterlife, or a heaven and hell than they are about the very human story of losing and finding oneself within the span of a lifetime, which is all I know for certain I’ve got.” –Eliza Gilkyson