Saturday – November 18 – 7:30 pm

Born and bred in Tennessee, Louise Mosrie writes songs about the South – what she knew and where she grew up. Her album, “Home” (2008) is a mix of bluegrass, country and folk, in which she weaves lush stories and songs about southern life. Once she was introduced as “…William Faulkner with a guitar”. “Home” debuted at #1 on the Folk DJ charts in January 2010 and went on to be one of the most played albums that year for that chart. Songs from “Home” brought her top awards at Kerrville Folk Festival, Wildflower! Festival, Telluride Bluegrass Festival and Falcon Ridge Folk Festival. In 2014, Louise released the 10-song CD, Lay It Down. The production is sonically stripped bare, which presents Mosrie’s voice and acoustic guitar centre stage throughout and delivers the songs exactly in the form they arrived in this world.

Louise’s songs resonate with concern and sensitivity for social and historical events from the South. Set in the Civil War, “Leave Your Gun” reflects upon the futility of war. After the American Civil War encroaches upon her parent’s Tennessee land, the family digs a shallow grave, says a prayer, erects a wooden cross, and buries a dead Union soldier. The Battle Of Blair Mountain recalls the week long, organized armed uprising that involved over 10,000 West Virginia miners. This 1921 strike led to the partial recognition of labour unions by mine owners, and gave rise to the term ‘redneck’ because of the red bandanna worn by the miners. The historically-based “When Cotton Was King” name checks Eli Whitney (b. 1765 d. 1825), inventor of the cotton gin. For the already rich plantation owners, the economic impact of the gin in the American South was that it made them even richer, and sustained their argument for retaining large numbers of slaves.

“Louise Mosrie may well be the brightest young folk-oriented artist to emerge from Nashville in many a year.” – Rich Warren, WFMT-FM, Midnight Special, Chicago 

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