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Kimmie Rhodes: Linking the Past to the Present

Singer-songwriter Kimmie Rhodes is performing Saturday, Jan. 19, at the Spicewood Vineyards Event Center, 1419 CR 409. The concert starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at spicewoodarts.org. Courtesy photo

Chances are fans of Willie Nelson, Trisha Yearwood, Emmy Lou Harris, Wynona Judd, Amy Grant, and Peter Frampton have already heard the music of singer-songwriter Kimmie Rhodes. Each of these artists have recorded songs written by Rhodes.

Now, Highland Lakes residents can hear for themselves why these musicians are fans of Rhodes. She’ll be performing live through the Spicewood Arts Society concert series.

The event is 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at Spicewood Vineyards Event Center, 1419 CR 409.

“She is a tremendous talent who I think is underrecognized,” said Mary Ann Jurgens, the society’s publicity chairwoman. “Her music links the past to the present.”

Rhodes was raised in Lubbock, which cultivated a “spirited mix of talent and determination that still fuels her success,” according to her biography.

After moving to Austin, Rhodes met like-minded artists — Nelson, Harris, Cowboy Jack Clement, Stevie Ray Vaughn — and helped popularize outlaw country.

In addition to her music, Rhodes is the co-author of “Radio Dreams: The Story of An Outlaw DJ and a Cosmic Girl,” a memoir she wrote with her late soulmate, Joe Gracey. The book reflects on how the city of Austin became the “Live Music Capital of the World.”

“It’s an interesting story of Austin during the ’70s and ’80s, when hippies were flocking to Austin and country music performers as well for the freedom they found here,” Jurgens said.

Rhodes has also published a cookbook.

Her Spicewood appearance was made possible by a generous donation from residents Donna and John Curtis, who also are big fans of the musician.

The couple met Rhodes two decades ago through mutual friends and had the opportunity to enjoy the entertainer’s music and cooking.

Go to spicewoodarts.org to purchase tickets or for more information about the Spicewood Arts Society.

jfierro@thepicayune.com

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