Sara Petite (USA)

Tim Gerrard

7:30 pm



Award-winning songwriter. International road warrior. American roots outlaw.

An outlaw country headliner whose music reaches far beyond the genre's borders, Sara Petite has built an award-winning career with songs that owe as much to the rock & roll roadhouse as they do the honky-tonk. Hers is a raw, rough-edged version of American roots music, delivered by a five-time International Songwriting Competition finalist who's spent nearly two decades calling her own shots. Sara has no interest in chasing trends. She's too busy chasing the muse instead, earning a wide range of accolades — including Top 40 success on the Americana charts, international airplay, and more than a half-dozen trophies from the San Diego Music Awards — along the way.

Raised in the rural farming town of Sumner, Washington, Petite launched her songwriting career after moving to San Diego. There, 2,000 miles away from Nashville, she developed her version of country music — one whose rough edges and raw, honest delivery owed as much to the dive bar as the honky-tonk. Starting with her 2006 debut, Coming Home, she funneled her personal experience into universal songs about loss, love, victories, vices, and the long journey toward authenticity. Too twangy for modern-rock radio and too rockin´ for buttoned-up country fans, her music occupied its own sonic space. Petite didn´t sound like anyone else; she just sounded like herself.

The Empress, her seventh record, marks a return to the intersection of country twang and roots-rock bang. It's a place Sara knows well, and she sketches its dimensions in sharp detail. These 11 songs take place in dive bars, trailer parks, the throes of passion, and the feedback loop of addiction. "The Empress comes from the idea that our world is out of balance," she says of the album's anthemic title track, which salutes the empowered rule-breakers of the past with fiddle and galloping drums. "Everything's gone off-kilter, and we all need that mix of feminine and masculine energies in our bodies. The more that women are respected and held to the same level of importance as men, the better off we're all going to be. On this album, I'm not writing about misogyny as much as I'm writing about my own life and the strong women I see in my world."

“Made me want to sing along, dance, and yes, even cry, and it’s my feeling that if this record doesn’t move you in some similar way, you should probably check your pulse“ AMERICAN HIGHWAYS
“There is no medical evidence to prove that Lucinda Williams, Nanci Griffith and Carrie Rodriguez joined forces to mother a fully grown musician daughter. But if they did, Sara Petite would be the likely outcome” SAN DIEGO UNION TIMES.

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