The Earlville Opera House is thrilled to host an album-release party for singer-songwriter Lauren Mettler Saturday November 12 at 7 PM, free and open to the public. The double-release of Mettler’s first two albums, A Handful of Soil and Patchwork, marks the culmination of over 3 years of work for this Sherburne native, and the celebration of a successful Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign leading up to their October 15 release. Both albums boast a different style and unique sound, reflecting Mettler’s creativity and breadth as an artist.
With a practice of delving into many different genres and cultures for insight and nuance, Mettler’s original subject matter and styles range, but are intrinsically tied together by common themes of compassion, reaching the essential depth of people and issues. Her writing is evocative, empathetic, and gently explorative, inviting her audience to face their own vulnerabilities and others’ as well.
Citing inspiration in the works of a diverse array of musicians, from Etta James and Joni Mitchell to Sarah Jarosz and Ray LaMontagne, her songwriting proves to be more than the sum of its parts. A recent interview with Anti-Heroin Chic highlights this dynamic talent: “When listening to Lauren Mettler’s album ‘A Handful of Soil’ you can almost imagine that it was a record made 50 years ago. …Lauren’s voice is reminiscent of the sounds you might hear pouring out of a 1960’s village Cafe, a rich mix of folk and blues that is lyrically strong to its core.”
Albums, t-shirts, artwork, and Kickstarter rewards will be on display, and available for contributors to take home after the show. Additionally, Mettler has generously promised to donate a portion of merchandise proceeds from the evening to the Earlville Opera House, supporting other local artists and music programming.
The Earlville Opera House is wheelchair-accessible with a ramp and a lift. For more information, call 315-691-3550 or visit www.earlvilleoperahouse.com. Earlville Opera House events are made possible in part thanks to the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.