Singer Songwriter Series to kick off next week with new lineup |

Singer Songwriter Series to kick off next week with new lineup

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What: Singer Songwriter Series presents: Johnsmith

When: 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10

Where: Chief Theater, 814 Lincoln Ave.

— This year, the Chief Theater’s Singer Songwriter Series is taking its lineup to the next level.

Among the musicians selected for their unconventional lyrics and compelling musicianship is Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Richie Furay, who will perform at the Chief Theater on April 9. Furay is known as a founding member of Buffalo Springfield with Stephen Stills, Neil Young, Bruce Palmer and Dwey Martin. He was also a founding member of the band Poco, with Jim Messina, Rusty Young, George Grantham and Randy Meisner.

“Being able to have a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer like him in a small, intimate venue like the Chief is a real treat, I think,” said Arty Smith, principal organizer of the series. “Fifteen rows is the farthest you can get away from this guy who has played in full stadiums and giant music halls.”

Established with the intent to bring avid fans original music at an affordable price, each show provides another perspective into the life of a musician, how the featured songs were written and why.

“The series is about listening to what musicians are saying in songs and what is lyrically important to them,” Smith said. “They have something to say that I think will touch your mind, heart or soul.”

The second year for the series will kick off Thursday with Johnsmith, an uplifting and soulful folk singer who is a staff songwriter in Nashville and a past winner of the New Folk competition at the Kerrville Folk Festival. In addition, he has taught songwriting at the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival in Lyons, Colorado, and at the Esalen Institute.

“He is one of the best songwriters I can think of,” Smith said. “He writes from the heart, and his songs will tug on your heartstrings.”

Also new to the series this year is the opportunity to purchase season tickets with VIP seating in the front of the theater. Season tickets are $70 for all five shows and include a coupon for one free drink per show.

As a holiday special, Smith added, patrons can purchase a $10 voucher for a ticket to one of the first four concerts in the Singer Songwriter Series.

“What we’ve found is that anyone who goes and sees one of the shows will attend the rest, because they are really that good,” said Larry Carlson, volunteer for the series. “It’s very high-quality entertainment.”

Upcoming acts for the season include:

Dec. 10: Johnsmith, folk singer

Jan. 14: Rebecca Folsom, returning singer known for last season’s “A Tribute to Joni Mitchell”

Feb. 19: John Brannen, souther folk rock singer

March 11: The Deborah Solo Trio, folk-inspired music

April 9: Richie Furay, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, folk rock, blues rock singer songwriter and guitarist

Tickets for each performance can be purchased online at or All That.

To reach Audrey Dwyer, call 970-871-4229, email or follow her on Twitter @Audrey_Dwyer1

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