Words and Music: Laurie Lewis, Don Henry, Claudia Russell and Nina Gerber Friday, January 18th 7 PM

OCA is pleased to present ‘ Words and Music ’ with Don Henry, Laurie Lewis, Claudia Russell and Nina Gerber. Join us for a night of outstanding music as three celebrated , award-winning songwriters trade some of their favorite tunes in a Nashville-style song circle, accompanied by virtuoso guitarist Nina Gerber. You will be moved by the quality of their unique voices, the thought-provoking , timeless lyrics and the rich variety of musical genres represented in this special collaboration at Sonoma County’s acoustic sweet spot.! $25 Advance/$28 at the door.

Reservations advised! Fine refreshments including wine and beer available. Wheelchair accessible. Art Gallery open for viewing. www.occidentalcenterforthearts.org

707-874-9392. 3850 Doris Murphy Ct. Occidental, CA. 95465


Don Henry’s songs have been recorded by legends like Ray Charles, Patti Page, and Conway Twitty, as well as by Blake Shelton, Lonestar, and Jimmy Wayne. He won a Grammy for Kathy Mattea’s version of “Where’ve You Been.” Don is a songwriter’s songwriter, bringing humor, depth and a profound sense of humanity to his songs. Entertainment Weekly calls Don …”a first cousin to Randy Newman… This is funny and thought-provoking stuff, all of it good”.


Laurie Lewis is a Grammy-award winning musician and world renowned as a singer, songwriter, fiddler, bandleader, producer and educator .“Her voice is a rare combination of grit and grace, strength and delicacy. Her stories are always true.” Linda Ronstadt.  She has twice been voted Female Vocalist of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association. Laurie Lewis ‘ latest album with her fine band, The Hazel and Alice Sessions, was nominated for the “Best Bluegrass Recording” Grammy in 2017. Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands will be performing at O.C.A. on Friday March 8, 2019!


Claudia Russell’s heartfelt and humorous songs have won her accolades from far and near. Britain’s Country Music People UK writes, “Few singers can construct a song as well as Claudia Russell, and her sharp, well-observed lyrics, have an engaging timeless feel.” American Songwriter named her 2013 CD, All Our Luck Is Changing “a masterpiece”. A third generation singer, Russell’s father Val Rosing was a singer with the BBC, and her grandfather was a Russian opera tenor who performed at Royal Albert Hall and the Hollywood Bowl.


Last but not least, Nina Gerber adds her virtuoso guitar to the evening’s music. Nina is one of the West Coast’s most sought after guitarists, known for her intuitive and sometimes ethereal style. She’s added her talents to a long and distinguished list of wonderful artists , most notably Kate Wolf, with whom Nina started her musical career. Her album Good Music with Good People features outstanding performances with Jackson Browne, Eliza Gilkyson, and Bruce Cockburn.

3850 Doris Murphy Ct.   •   Occidental, CA 95465   •   707.874.9392   •   info@occidentalcenterforthearts.org
Open every Friday, and Saturday, 11 – 4 pm