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Catie Curtis to bring folk sound to Indy

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On Sunday, the Indy Acoustic Café Series brings Boston-based singer-songwriter Catie Curtis to its stage. In a career spanning more than 20 years, Curtis has released nine full-length albums, had her songs picked up by television series like Grey's Anatomy and Dawson's Creek, been dubbed "a folk-rock goddess" by The New Yorker, and performed at the White House. Along the way she won the International Songwriters Competition Grand Prize in 2006 for her single "People Look Around" (as well as a host of other awards), toured with the Lilith Fair, and earned a reputation as an outspoken advocate for gay rights. Touring on the back of her most recent album Stretch Limousine on Fire (2011), Curtis is delivering some of the most emotionally raw and evocative work of her career.

With a clear, sweet, contemplative voice that treads the line between folk and country, Curtis' lyrics can be at once tongue-in-cheek and genuinely emotive; her work reflects a finely-honed, adult sense of humor used to explain away the mysteries and heartbreak that we all encounter if we stay on earth long enough. Curtis takes a frank kind of delight in those mysteries and in the every day struggles of life, singing:

Now we're chasing our domestic bliss
Trying to feed the kids not kill the fish
Whatever happens at the turn of the road
There is no guarantee that love can hold.

Just to give you an idea of the kind of company Curtis keeps: Mary Chapin Carpenter and Lisa Loeb both added vocal appearances on her most recent album. In addition, Ray LaMontagne's drummer and bassist Jay Bellrose and Jennifer Condos both helped make her latest album the richly instrumented, folk-rock gem that it is. Local singer-songwriter Jessi Curtis (no relation) will open up for Curtis.

Tickets can be purchased online.

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