By Carson Ralston
Library Specialist-Adult Programs
Verde Valley News – Join us on Wednesday, May 31st from 5:00-6:30 pm in Camp Verde Community Library’s Fireside Room for a special performance by Eliza Lynn & Friends.
Sometimes you just need to start again…
Eliza Lynn grew up singing, writing songs on the way to pre-school. In college, she looked for low, bluesy songs to sing before realizing that she could write them herself. She produced her first album, Frisky or Fair, in Asheville, NC and put a band together with Mike Alexander playing the bass. For years, Mike had toured with bands and songwriters, playing upright and electric basses. The two fell in love and produced Eliza’s second album together: The Weary Wake Up in 2007.
Then Mike moved to Sedona and Eliza moved to Nashville and there was a breakup album called Haven (2009). After more than a decade of releasing original albums and gigging, Eliza pursued a call to graduate theology school and wrote a thesis called In Belief of Tears: American Blues as an Entrance to the Psalms of Lament. Merging blues, folk music and liturgy, Eliza played in churches, schools and prisons prior to the pandemic.
In 2022, Eliza moved to Camp Verde, Arizona to reunite romantically and musically with Mike Alexander. Embracing the spirit of this wonderful local community of talented artists and musicians, Eliza and Mike will perform at Camp Verde Community Library on Wednesday, May 31st from 5:00-6:30pm. They will be joined on stage by their friends Gayle Schroeder, Becky Shipman, Mike McReynolds, Gary Simpkins and Christine MacKenzie.
This will be their introductory and farewell concert as they are moving back to the Southeast in June.
Eliza Lynn sings with a “big, room-filling voice and wields her guitar and banjo against a sensual, sassy backdrop of jazz-flavored blues, old-time country folk and soul.”- HARP Magazine.
To hear Eliza’s music, please visit www.elizalynn.com or search for Eliza Lynn on iTunes, Spotify or Amazon music.
Camp Verde Community Library is located just off Montezuma Castle Highway at 130 Black Bridge Road, Camp Verde AZ. For more information about this or any other library program, visit the library’s website at www.cvlibrary.org or call 554-8391.