As I sat in the dimly-lit room of the Buffalo Inn, I was filled with anticipation.
The chatter coming from the bar slowly started to dissipate as a single light shown on a captivating silhouette,making her way to the center of the stage.
The room fell silent as the woman with cowboy boots began to sing a melodic tune. The lyrics that flowed with the chords of her guitar were so real and relatable that many eyes of the audience were filled with tears.
Almost a year ago, I was lucky enough to witness Sarah Siskind and Travis Book perform and pour their hearts out to an attentive Pagosa audience. Sarah’s voice has a carmel-like run to it, and her talent is anything but average. With an unconventional beauty, Sarah entices her fans with lyrics, containing so much truth, it leaves one with a sense of empathy. The opportunity to witness the incomparable duo of Sarah Siskind and Travis Book has surfaced again in Pagosa Springs, this time as they headline a show with the Americana Project.
Sarah Siskind has been called “the best female singer/songwriter in America today” and “an artist you must hear now” by Spin Magazine. She has toured with Bon Iver (he has also famously covered her “Lovin’s For Fools”), and has had songs recorded by Alison Krauss (the Grammy nominated, “Simple Love”).
Armed with a striking vocal style and solid guitar work, mostly on her beloved, vintage electric Gibson, Sarah is a regular NPR performer with features on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts, World Cafe with David Dye, All Songs Considered, Song Of The Day and, most recently, NPR’s Mountain Stage.
Sarah’s new album, “Novel,” released in September 2011 on Red Request Records, was conceptualized in the summer of 2010 when she found herself thousands of miles from her southern home in a small ranch house just outside of Boulder, Colo. Escaping the oppressive summer heat for six weeks, she took temporary roots in Colorado while teaching songwriting at a nearby festival and touring the southwest. Her intent was to finish writing the songs for her new album during her downtime, but what evolved was a fully realized album: recorded, engineered, and produced by Siskind.
Her husband, Travis Book, is the upright bass player for the band The Infamous Stringdusters. His vocal work and bass playing are impressive, to say the least. Many remember him playing with the great Durango band Broke Mountain Bluegrass Band. Recently, he subbed for Ben Kaufmann of Yonder Mountain String Band.
Sarah and Travis have a very special chemistry on stage. Their sets at the Four Corners Folk Festival moved many to both tears and smiles.
We are very fortunate to have them back to our little town. The students are also going to be privileged to a songwriting masterclass, taught by Siskind and Book Wednesday morning.
With that, The Americana Project at Pagosa Springs High School is pleased to announce the Sarah Siskind with Travis Book Concert on Wednesday, March 28, in the high school auditorium. The concert starts at 7 p.m. and tickets are $10 at the door. Doors open at 6:30. The show is general seating, so please come early.
Proceeds support the Americana Project class. We are really looking forward to seeing you there.