Sally Barris | Friday, October 2 | 7:30 at the AUUF

SallyBarrisRedBarnGrammy-nominated Sally Barris will make her Sundilla debut on Friday, October 2. Showtime at the AUUF is 7:30; admission at the door is $12, but $10 advance tickets are available at Spicer’s Music, Mama Mocha’s Coffee, Blooming Colors, and online at

Sally Barris is an A-list Nashville songwriter who has had songs covered by such top-level artists as Kathy Mattea, Martina McBride, and Lee Ann Womack. Her song “Let the Wind Chase You”, recorded by Trisha Yearwood and Keith Urban, received a Grammy nomination in 2009.

While her writing credits mightily impress, fans and peers are most captivated by her bright spirit and expressive mountain soprano. Of her voice, Sundilla favorite Pierce Pettis says “What an amazing voice! Sally Barris has an excruciatingly beautiful voice.” And Kathy Mattea (four #1 singles, 16 Top 10 songs, 2 Grammy wins and four additional Grammy nominations) raves “Sally Barris has a voice like sparkling crystal. You could have knocked me over with a feather the first time I heard her. Her writing is from a deep, yet innocent, place and her point of view is just a bit off center. I am excited for her, she is standing at the beginning of her journey in this town, with all of it ahead of her. It reminds me of the first time I heard Beth Nielson-Chapman or Nanci Griffith.”

But it takes more than a great voice to make a great songs, and Sally doesn’t disappoint there. Dirty Linen says “Barris knows how to write lyrics that are as forthright as a stream of clear water and how to support them with melodies that share that quality”. And The Tennessean describers her as “progressive folk sensibility with a storyteller’s command, a strong backbone, and a confectioner’s dusting of country blues…Barris is somehow able to wield a highly individualized sense of melody and song shape into tunes you can imagine other top vocalists covering.”

When Sally is not touring solo, she is known as “Sister Waymore” in the power trio The Waymores with Tom Kimmel and Don Henry. Sally also tours regionally as “Sally Barris & The Birmingham Boys” with Chas Williams on dobro and Jason Bailey on mandolin and harmony vocals.

In the last 5 years, the Minnesota native has performed Mountain Stage, New Bedford Summer Fest, The Wildflower Festival and The Kerrville Folk Festival. Sally’s most recent CD is “Wilder Girl”; her brand new CD, “The Road in Me,” will officially be released on November 1.

Sally Barris will make her long-awaited Sundilla debut on Friday, October 2, at 7:30 in the AUUF. Admission at the door will be $12, but $10 advance tickets will be available at Spicer’s Music, Mama Mocha’s Coffee, Blooming Colors, and online at Free coffee, tea, water and food will be available, and attendees are invited to bring whatever food or beverage they prefer. For more information, go to