There's an old vaudeville joke:
Mr. A. says, "I come from a musical family."
Mr. B. asks, "Oh really?"
Mr. A. responds, "Why yes, my father was a bass and my mother was a piano tuna."
But when Severin Browne says he's from a musical family, he's not kidding. Leaving aside his famous brother Jackson, Severin has referred to his father, Clyde Jackson Browne, as "The world's greatest unpublished songwriter."
Severin learned to play piano and guitar at an early age then spent some time writing songs for Motown records until the label produced his first two albums. Twenty years later came album number three, entitled -- somewhat appropriately -- 'From the Edge of the World.' That 1995 work showcased Severin's flair for inspired soul and rhythm and blues. Severin kept writing and another album followed in 2001 then a CD in 2012. Severin lives in Southern California in an 80-year-old home built by his grandfather.
Californian Laurie McClain is an Americana folk singer/songwriter whose powerful lyrics and honeyed voice seem made for the intimate surroundings of Cedaredge's Bank of Colorado Theater. Critics report that she "turns each venue into her own living room and each listener into a new friend with her disarming humor and passionate performance." Her latest CD was released in 2014. Entitled, 'Live at the Purple Moon,' it was recorded at the Purple Moon Coffeehouse in Lincoln, Neb. The CD features 10 of her original songs plus stirring a capella covers of Leonard Cohen's 'Suzanne' and the traditional Shaker song, 'How Can I Keep From Singing.'
Ellen Stapenhorst is a Western Colorado folk singer who has been entertaining audiences for more than five decades. She began performing in L.A. coffeehouses in the 1960's, then migrated to Colorado in the 1970s where she sang and played with Tanglefoot, the Aspen-based country-rock band. She did stints in Nashville and northern California before settling on the Western Slope. She's sung in a German castle, European concert halls, and Red Rocks Amphitheatre, sharing the stage with performers from John Denver to Frankie Valli.
Severin Browne and fellow musicians Laurie McClain and Ellen Stapenhorst will perform at the Grand Mesa Arts & Events Center (GMAEC) on Tuesday, Sept. 11. The show begins at 7 p.m. and tickets are still available at Starr's Guitars in downtown Cedaredge. For concert information, call 970-856-2331.