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with Brian Johannesen, Ryan Joseph Anderson
Doors @ 7:00pm
$12 advance / $15 day of show
Hailey Whitters has an enduring habit of suggesting she’s perennially late to the party. “I’ve always just felt like a late bloomer,” she says with a sigh. With the release of her debut album Black Sheep she proves she was well worth the wait. Produced by Derek Wells, Black Sheep is a soulful collection that turns sad stories into bold celebrations of people society often shames, layered over honky tonk and roots rock.
Whitters grew up in Shueyville, Iowa, population just shy of 600. “It’s such a little town. It’s getting bigger, but we don’t even have a post office,” she says. We have two bars, a wine cellar, and a church.” Growing up, the Dixie Chicks, Trisha Yearwood, Patty Loveless, and other women who drove ‘90s country radio were her gateway musical heroines, which led to a deep dive into classic country and Americana storytellers like Patty Griffin, John Prine, and Gillian Welch.
Whitters often writes and sings songs that detail the search for acceptance – of self or of others – sometimes dreamily, other times with rollicking irreverence. Features in No Depression and The Bluegrass Station, a Daytrotter Session, several nods on 2016 artists-to-watch lists, and other praise have introduced her to a larger audience, who has responded with open arms.