Songwriter Spotlight

Joined by Sara Trunzo and Tiffany Williams as they make a trip through Maine from Nashville, Jenny Lou Drew hosts an evening of songstresses wielding songs and the stories behind them.

Since the release of her sophomore record, Rockbiter, Jenny Lou Drew has been collecting accolades from near and far, including a recent win at the Maine Songwriters Association annual songwriting competition for the song “Mending Fences”, a nom for Best in State in the 2019 New England Music Awards, and multiple places in the finals of the International Songwriting Competition. Her music is in regular rotation on Maine radio, and has hit the airwaves on WCLZ, FRANKFM, WBLM, WCLZ, NPR, WMBR (MIT), and WMPG.

A coal miner’s daughter, granddaughter, and great-granddaughter from Eastern Kentucky, Tiffany Williams lives in Nashville, where she writes songs and fiction. She received the 2011 Jean Ritchie Fellowship for Appalachian Writing and 2017 Denny C. Plattner Award for fiction. Her first album, When You Go, was released in January 2019 and reached No. 15 on the North American College and Community Radio Folk Chart and No. 12 on the Folk DJ Chart.

Singer-songwriter Sara Trunzo was born in northern New Jersey, makes music in Nashville, Tennessee, and calls Unity, Maine her heartland. A farmer rural and community until 3 years ago, she released a debut EP, Thanks Birdie in 2017 followed by an LP called Dirigo Attitude. The album reached #22 on the Folk Radio DJ chart in May 2019. It benefits from the voices of Americana heavyweights Darrell Scott, who lends his vocals to “Food and Medicine” (which reached #3 on the Folk Radio DJ chart and garnered first place in the 2018 Maine Songwriters Association song competition), and Mary Gauthier, who is heard on “In the Bend of the Cumberland” (which reached #12 on the Folk Radio DJ chart). Her no-frills, no-nonsense lyrics cut to the bone of the struggles of people in the Northeast, women, and rural voices.

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Apr 18 2020


7:30 pm - 10:30 pm


LA Arts Downstage
221 Lisbon St. (Entrance behind the LA Arts building - 5 Canal Alley), Lewiston