Monica Rizzio brings salty country to Brandon

BRANDON — Brandon Music is delighted to welcome back country singer-songwriter Monica Rizzio on Friday, June 14.  No stranger to the east coast music scene, Texas-bred and Cape Cod washashore, Monica Rizzio is fast becoming one of the finest singer songwriters that call New England home.  For over 10 years she played fiddle and sang with Tripping Lily, a folk acoustic pop band, who toured up and down the east coast.  Rizzio fondly regards Tripping Lily as her first musical family.
In 2012, Rizzio left the band to rejuvenate her passion for music and began writing to help cope with the loss of the band and love. She purchased a 1956 Martin O-18, named it Bo, after her childhood horse and plugged in. For the next few years she started playing with a bunch of salty, accomplished Cape Cod musicians who helped bring back the cowgirl attitude and inspired her to write about her sometimes humorous, sometimes tear-jerking journey from Texas, love, and heartache. This led her to release her highly rated debut album “Washashore Cowgirl,” an extremely autobiographical album in 2014.  Now Rizzio has just released a new album, “Sunshine Is Free” which has a clear Nashville sound, was written in Nashville, recorded in Nashville and produced there too.
Rizzio is a most talented multi-instrumentalist — an accomplished guitarist, originally a flautist, she also plays violin, ukulele, mandolin and piano.  She has a compelling voice both rustic and refined that Mark Erelli, American singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist  describes as, “equal parts tenderness and sass. She reminds me of a slightly duskier Nanci Grith.”
Friday’s concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Concert tickets are $20. A pre-concert dinner is available for an extra $25. Reservations are required for dinner and recommended for the show. Venue is BYOB.
Call (802) 247-4295, email [email protected] or visit brandon-music.net for more info.

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