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Billy Johnson with special guest Ali Gray $10

Friday, October 8 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Billy Johnson is a singer/songwriter from Minneapolis. Billy was the lead singer of The Hillcats, and is the lead singer of Billy Johnson’s Roadshow. He also has an acoustic duo called B-TEAM with George McKelvey. Billy has recorded 10 CDs. He strums a Gibson guitar with soul, and has a great vocal range.

With special Ali Gray

Ali Gray is a singer/songwriter in Minneapolis. in 2005 she released her first solo record, Let You In, which received accolades and attention from local music critics.

If it’s true the root of the word courage (cor) is Latin for “heart” and its earliest form meant to speak by sharing everything in one’s heart, then Ali Gray’s newest release, Love Letters, is a triumph of courage. This third solo album from the Minneapolis singer-songwriter was spurred by the abrupt death of a troubled, close friend – and all the attendant regrets one can have about not having done more to help. The result is ten tracks penned for specific friends and loved ones. Those familiar with Gray’s past work know it leaned solidly toward rootsy Americana with touches of ‘70s rock. “I wanted this record to be softer, fluid, more open,” says Gray. While the vulnerabilities explored forced her to face certain fears, she maintains, “these are the best songs I’ve written to date, in terms of both format and straightforward simplicity.” Gray’s hope is the innate intimacy of the songs will transcend their predominantly personal nature for audiences. “I hope the listener will hear the heart and soul behind it – that it will carry over to others, lend comfort and possibly help others articulate what’s in their own hearts for the people in their lives while the opportunity is still there.”

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Date:
Friday, October 8
Time:
9:00 pm - 11:00 pm