Jami Lynn

May 5, 2016 • 7:30 p.m.
Our Saviour's Lutheran Church

Hailing from the Great Plains of eastern South Dakota, folk and Americana singer/songwriter Jami Lynn began performing country jamborees at the age of 13. It took little coaxing from her grandfather to make the transition from the audience to the stage, where old-time country, polka, and regional folk music reigned supreme. A few years later while studying classical voice at The University of South Dakota, Jami recorded her first album, Dreamer.

Her undergraduate thesis, “Early American Folk Music of the Upper Midwest” began as a typical slap-it-together-and-call-it–good paper turned into an intensive year of research resulting in academic presentations in museums, libraries, and historical societies, and most importantly, the recording of Sodbusters, her second full length album.

Inspired by stories of her ancestors’ trek from the East coast to the Dakota Territory, the title track of Sodbusters offers the perspective of Jami Lynn’s great-great grandmother, Lydia Huff. In addition to six original songs, the album features five folk songs from the South Dakota area. A lumbering ballad from the forests of Minnesota, a Norwegian lullaby, an Irish folk tune, and a cowboy ballad from the open range compliment her own artfully crafted folk songs. Sodbusters was not only featured in The Smithsonian’s Shared Harmonies Project, but also caught the attention of international critics in France and the Netherlands.

Her latest effort, Fall Is a Good Time to Die, is inspired by the landscapes and animals of the Dakota prairie and Black Hills. The album was mixed and edited by Eddie Faris of Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, and self produced by Jami and bandmates Andrew Reinartz (bass) and Dalton Coffey (dobro).

Jami Lynn also brings folk music to elementary students through the South Dakota State Arts Council’s Artists in the Schools program and Touring Artists program. Jami is currently based out of Spearfish, South Dakota.

Partial funding is from the Wyoming Arts Council through the National Endowment for the Arts and the Wyoming State Legislature, Natrona County School District No. 1, and the Schneider Fund in the Casper Area Community Foundation.

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