ENTERPRISE — The Wallowa Valley Music Alliance will open the 17th season of Tunesmith Night, a showcase of original music, on Saturday, Nov. 12.

The concert features three songwriters sharing their work in a round-robin format at the historic Enterprise Odd Fellows Hall, 105 NE First St.

The season opens with Will Gillespie, Meredith Lane and Gregory Rawlins. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with music starting at 7 p.m.

Admission is $10. No food or drink service provided but attendees are welcome to bring their own.

Gillespie

Will Gillespie is an old world singer/songwriter from before the turn of the century who will travel with you down a gravel road of heartbreak, despair, triumph and love. Born in Baltimore, he now plays out of La Grande. Gillespie’s music is influenced by the likes of Hank Williams, Bob Dylan, Townes van Zandt, Tom Waits and many more.

Lane

Meredith Lane grew up making music in Wallowa County and is currently making it her career. She has been writing songs since she was 14 and not only writes for her own albums but for a songwriter firm as well. She’s currently making Nashville, Tennessee, her home base as she pursues a touring lifestyle. Her third album will be released in the summer of 2023.

Rawlins

Gregory Rawlins has had a prolific musical career, releasing an album or more per year since 2007. All told, between solo efforts and bands Catskills, Sons of Guns and Foxgloves, Rawlins has released 14 full-length albums and three EPs spanning genres folk, rock, blues, ambient soundscapes, experimental, garage and noise rock.

His last two solo albums, Basura (Dec. 2019) and Blackjack Pennsylvania (Jan. 2020), were released through the Boise- based independent label Junkerdash Records, where Rawlins is a participating artist.

A writer first, and musician second, he is working toward his masters of fine arts in Creative Writing at Eastern Oregon University. Several of his poems will be included in the forthcoming issue of arts and literary magazine, Oregon East. Originally from the Kitsap Peninsula of Western Washington, Gregory Rawlins resides in La Grande.

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