International touring songstress Tia McGraff will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Crest Theater. Tickets are $10 at the door.
McGraff has had some successful concerts in the “Back Room” series of the Barton County Arts Council, where the seating is extremely limited, said Karen Neuforth, executive director of the Arts Council, which is sponsoring her appearance at the Crest Theater. “This is an opportunity for a lot more people to see her.”
McGraff has written and recorded with music legends such as Randy Bachman and Dan Hill, and has established herself in the Americana/Folk scene as an entertainer who “not only captures her audience, but holds them spell bound until her last haunting note fades out,” sponsors said.
Her lyrics are often compared to those of Joni Mitchell and her voice to that of an early Linda Ronstadt.
A native of Canada, McGraff moved to Nashville and met Colorado native Tommy Parham. The two began collaborating and soon broke their rule of “never date a co-writer.” Today they are married, write extensively, co-produce Tia’s albums, and love touring together around the world performing their songs.
In 2010, McGraff recorded “Diversity” on their own label, Bandana Records, and within weeks of the album’s release, received Country Recording of the Year at the Hamilton Music Awards, and broke the top 70 on the U.S.-based Americana Music Association charts. Last year, Tia and Tommy answered their fans numerous requests, and recorded a full length Christmas CD, “Listen! It’s Christmas!!!”