Former Grand County musician begins again with new album, songwriter showcase |

Former Grand County musician begins again with new album, songwriter showcase

Cyndi McCoy
Sky-Hi Daily News

With sorrow in her heart and the Fraser Valley in her rearview mirror, Jami Lunde set out for a new life in 2007.

Now celebrating a “new beginning,” Lunde is letting her old friends know she will be one of three top Colorado songwriters featured in a concert in Lyons this weekend.

Lunde, who now lives in Lyons, called Winter Park home for 15 years. While in the area she entertained audiences at many shows, including the Winter Park Folk Festival and Fraser Picnics in the Park with Awnry Girl Productions.

Since then she has been “traveling around” and is also recording her second, self-titled solo album. Executive producer is Scotty Anderson, former co-owner of Icebox Mountain Sports. A couple of the songs on the new CD pay tribute to Craig “Craigy-T” Thomason, One Time keyboard player who lost a battle with cancer in 2007.

In fact, Lunde said, her whole life changed that fateful day. That’s when she left for Lyons, “a super-musical town with ridiculously talented musicians everywhere you go” ” a place similar to the home she grew to love.

Planet Bluegrass is the entity that has for years hosted the popular Rocky Grass and the Folks festivals. “It’s really a big deal,” Lunde said. “So many musicians would give their right eye to get to play there for them.”

Backing her up for the upcoming performance will be her band: Eben Grace, Brian Schey, Jefferson Hamer, and One Time drummer Ian Morlock.

She says “somehow” she got her own show there, “an enormous honor,” and something she’s waited her whole life for. Her sound has been compared to that of Kathleen Edwards and Lucinda Williams and has graced stages of musicians like Shawn Colvin and John Gorka.

Lunde has invited Hamer and Reed Foehl to join her for the concert, two of her favorite songwriters and musicians. The musicians will play individual sets, collaboratively, and special guests are expected to also join in (including John Cowan, Michelle Schocked, John Jorgenson, Cadillac Sky, Eric Thorin, Eric Deutch, and Christian Teele).

“(Foehl) sings like he feels every note,” states the Boston Globe. “Each song tells a story, all of which he relates astonishingly well.” He is the principal songwriter for Acoustic Junction/Fool’s Progress and has shared the stage with big names such as Patty Griffin, Taj Mahal, Dave Matthews and Ray LaMontagne.

Hamer, of Great American Taxi, has spent at least the last 10 in Boulder sharing originals and playing the band’s signature Americana on lead guitar at national festivals. He also plays progressive acoustic with Single Malt, and tenor banjo with Irish quartet The Wayfarers. Recently he co-produced Foehl’s new solo album, which also features some of the ladies from The Be Good Tanyas.

“I’d love to let my friends and community in Grand County know about (the show),” Lunde said. “You were there from the beginning. Now I am beginning again.”

Doors open at 7 p.m.

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