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The Burren Backroom Series
247 Elm St
Somerville, MA  02144

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335 Somerville Ave
Somerville, MA 02143

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WUMB Presents Kerri Powers

WUMB Presents Kerri Powers

“Powers Is Something Of An Anomaly. She’s Like The Music Scene’s Version Of The Protagonist In The Film, “The Natural,” Having Spent The “Prime Of Her Career” Out Of The Spotlight -- In Her Case, Tending To Her Family -- Only To Return From Absolutely Nowhere To Wow And Amaze. Where Robert Redford Made All The Fans Sit Up And Cheer With Mammoth Home Runs, Kerri Powers Is Going To Make People Listening To This Album Do The Exact Same Thing With Exceptional Song Writing And Equally Exceptional Delivery.” -- Chip McCabe, Lonesome Noise

Kerri Powers Was Destined to Be A Musician From The Start. While Most Kids Her
Age Spent Their Childhoods Following Frivolous Pursuits, She Spent Hers Reading,
Painting, Writing Stories, Learning Guitar and Composing Her First Songs At The
Tender Age Of Nine. By Her Own Admission, She Was A Shy Child, But Her
Creative Pursuits Gave Her An Appreciation Of The Larger World Around Her. Those
Instincts Seemed to Have Been Bred Naturally, Given That There Was Undeniable
Talent Embedded In Her Genes. Bing Crosby Was A Distant Relative On Her
Father’s Side, While Her Mother’s Relatives Were Said To Be Descended From
Author Herman Melville. Notably Too, Powers’ Paternal Grandmother Made Her
Living By Playing Piano And Providing Musical Accompaniment For Silent Films,
Making Her A Show Business Standby Back In The Day.

Not Surprisingly Then, Powers Was Encouraged To Pursue Her Own Creative
Ambitions While Still In Adolescence. Her Mother, A Talented Visual Artist In Her
Own Right, Owned An Extensive Record Collection, Which Gave Kerri Her Initial
Exposure To Irrefutable Icons Like Bob Dylan, Neil Young And John Prine. “I Would
Sit In A Wicker Rocking Chair By The Record Player And Sing Along To The Songs,”
She Recalls. “I Remember Hearing John Prine’s “Hello In There” For The First Time
And Feeling That Something Magical Was Happening. It Was A Momentary Yet
Memorable Trip To A Sad But Hopeful Place Of Lonely Old Faces.”
Powers Started Playing Professionally In Local Coffeehouses Throughout Her Native
New England, And Went On To Release Several Well-Received Albums In The New
Millennium, Culminating In Faith In The Shadows In 2009. Two Of Her Songs Were
Later Featured On The Fox Series “Rescue Me” Starring Denis Leary. After Taking
Time Off To Get Married And Raise Her Young Son She Returned To Performing,
Counting Among Her Credits The Boston Folk Festival, Philadelphia Folk Festival,
And Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Among Other Prestigious Gatherings. She’s Also
Toured Europe While Opening For Canadian Singer/Songwriter Fred Eaglesmith In
The Netherlands, Belgium, And The United Kingdom.

This Flurry Of Activity Recently Culminated In A New Self-Titled Album, Her First
Effort In Five Years. With A Track List That Includes Eight Searing Self-Penned
Songs Along With Incisive Covers Of Janis Ian’s “Jesse,” And The Bee Gees’ “To
Love Somebody,” It Ranks As Powers’ Most Accomplished Collection To Date. “The

Recording Was A Last Minute Decision,” She Recalls. “The Idea Was To Cut A
Couple Of Tracks Simply To See How It Would Go.”  
The Results – A Sound That’s Homespun, Sparse And Understated -- Provide
Another Ideal Showcase For Powers’ Intimate And Expressive Song Writing, As Well
As Her Adroit Ability To Interpret The Works Of Others.
Fully Reenergized And Excited About Rebooting Her Career, Powers Is Looking
Forward To A Return To Touring Both Here And Overseas. Clearly, The Creative
Spark That Was Ignited So Early On Is Fully Fueled Once Again. 

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