Grassroots Concerts Welcomes Sally Barris Dec. 8

After a five-year absence Sally Barris returns to the Grassroots Concerts stage at the Live Well Night Club and Coffee Bar in Nisswa at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 8. This is the final show of the fall concert season.

Since her Grassroots Concerts debut in 2012, Barris has continued to climb in stature among those who appreciate beautiful, contemporary folk-country music.

Barris is an A-list Nashville songwriter who has had songs covered by top-level artists. Her song "Let the Wind Chase You," recorded by Trisha Yearwood and Keith Urban, received a Grammy nomination for vocal collaboration in 2009.

Her writing credits are impressive, but fans and peers are most captivated by her bright spirit and expressive mountain soprano.

Like Nanci Griffith, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Mindy Smith and Allison Moorer, Barris is one of the most talented writers to have worked in Nashville. Over the past few years her songs have been performed by Martina McBride, Lee Ann Womack, and Kathy Mattea.

She has roots in bluegrass, performing as a member of the ensemble "Smoking Grass."

The Minnesota native has performed on Mountain Stage, at the New Bedford Summer Fest, Wildflower Arts & Music Festival and Kerrville Folk Festival.

"Barris knows how to write lyrics that are as forthright as a stream of clear water and how to support them with melodies that share that quality," said Kerry Dexter in Dirty Linen. "She sings in a light, expressive soprano."

She also teaches songwriting to groups and individuals, including sessions offered via the Internet with Skype.

"Besides being a fantastic artist and songwriter Sally Barris has really got a talent for teaching," said Eva Hillered of Kulturaama in Stockholm, Sweden. "My students were inspired by her clinic, where she combined singing her songs with talking about the art of songwriting, giving useful tools and hopeful insights from her professional experience."

Grassroots Concerts are the nonprofit cultural offerings of a small, happy society of largely omnivorous but gentle folk dedicated to the preservation of live entertainment in vicarious times. At all shows, seating is first-come, first-served. Show-time is 7:30 PM (doors open at 6:30), and you are encouraged to come early to claim your choice of seats. At each concert, decidedly the best family entertainment in the Brainerd Lakes area, GRASSROOTS welcomes your nonperishable food (or cash) donation to the local food shelf. Admission is $10 at the door for adults and $5 for children with listening attention, when accompanied by an adult.

The GRASSROOTS VENUE is located in Nisswa, MN at the


5459 Co Rd 18 Nisswa, MN (next to the Nisswa School)

Grassroots Concerts is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit under the Internal Revenue Code