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Friday, September 25, 2009

Nashville Singer-Songwriter Comes Home This Weekend

Posted By on Fri, Sep 25, 2009 at 11:58 AM

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Cap your weekend by catching young singer-songwriter Carley Tanchon at the Beachland Tavern on Sunday.

Now based in Nashville, the Chagrin Falls native developed a passion for music at a young age, learning guitar from her mom — who joined her onstage for a duet at her CD-release party at the Barking Spider this past summer — and playing gigs around the area while still in high school. She headed off to Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music, where she finished a four-year degree in two and a half years and then hit the road with a show band, getting a real-world education in jazz, pop, rock, country and disco.

Last year, she moved to Nashville to take advantage of proximity to a strong songwriting community and finished her first CD Peridot, a sophisticated work of classic pop-song craftsmanship that belies her 22 years. It incorporates her wide range of influences from country (“Image of a Man”) to blues (“Waiting”) to folk (“Derailing Home”) to worldy cabaret-pop (“Don’t Chill the Flame”) in material with cross-generational appeal to fans of artists like Carole King, Sheryl Crow or Neko Case.

Both her singing and songwriting have a maturity and timelessness that, coupled with her smarts and common-sense approach to the music business, suggest that she’s got a promising future. Showtime is 8:30; Liz Mazzei and Leah Lou open. Admission is $6. —Anastasia Pantsios

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