The trio known as The Waymores, featuring three singer-songwriters whose works have collectively been recorded by some of the biggest names in Nashville, will appear in concert at the White Gull Inn on Wednesday, March 2 at 8 pm.
Songwriters Don Henry, Sally Barris and Tom Kimmel all have established single careers, but when they tour together as the Waymores, their concerts have been described as Alt-Nashville Writers-in-the-round, in which they pass the mike, performing their own songs with accompaniment from each other.
Grammy Award winner Don Henry‘s songs have been recorded by Ray Charles, Patti Page, Conway Twitty, Kathy Mattea and dozens of other artists. Henry is a veteran of 28 years in the music business as a writer, publisher, producer and performer. He has shared the stage with Joey Ramone, Al Gore, Pete Seeger, Steve Earle, Ray Price, Livingston Taylor, Emmylou Harris, Jimmy Webb, Guy Clark, David Crosby, John Prine, Keith Urban, Shawn Colvin, Dan Seals, Michael Johnson, Janis Ian, Nanci Griffith, and Jim Messina among others.
Henry’s songs include “B.F.D.” , a biker-lullaby entitled “Harley”, the Martin Luther King tribute “Beautiful Fool” and the Grammy Award winning “Where’ve You Been.” In addition to a Grammy, Kathy Mattea’s version of “Where’ve You Been” won a Henry (and co-writer Jon Vezner) song of the year honors from ACM (Academy of Country Music), CMA (Country Music Association) and NSAI (Nashville Songwriters Association International). “Where’ve You Been” was the first song to be awarded all four honors in the same year.
Sally Barris, has managed to be successful in the mainstream world of country music without giving up her folk and Celtic roots. Her unique style is influenced by artists such as Tony Rice, Dougie Maclean, Triona Ni Dhomhnaill & Richard Thompson. Whether in her own performances or those of artists such as Lee Ann Womack or American Idol finalist Kellie Pickler, Barris’s music is unmistakably distinctive.
In addition to touring with the Waymores, Barris is currently on tour with her third CD, Restless Soul. Writing in Maverick Magazine, Reviewer Alan Cacket called Barris a, “songwriter poised to make the breakthrough to international recognition as a major recording artist like Nanci Griffith, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Mindy Smith and Allison Moorer… Sally Barris doesn’t easily fit into the country genre, but is one of the most talented writers currently working in Nashville.”
Whether on her own recordings or those of hit artists like Martina McBride or Lee Ann Womack, Barris’s songs are widely recognized. And while her songs have been covered by Trisha Yearwood and Keith Urban, John Michael Montgomery, Kathy Mattea and many others, she has a wide base of fans and peers who are attracted by her high mountain soprano on her own recordings.
Tom Kimmel‘s business card reads Overnight Success, but the truth is far from it. After graduating college, he worked as a short order cook, bus boy, taxi driver, chef, shipping clerk, lab technician, janitor, waiter, bartender and window washer before establishing himself as an award winning songwriter for Johnny Cash, Linda Ronstadt, Joe Cocker, Randy Travis and a host of others. Since 1980, when his songs were recorded by Roger McGuinn & Chris Hillman (of Byrds fame) and Levon Helm (of The Band), dozens of his compositions have been covered by a host of major artists including Shawn Colvin, Waylon Jennings, the Stray Cats, and the Spinners.
Once an eclectic rock and roller, Kimmel found his voice as a singer-songwriter while opening Nanci Griffith’s 1991-92 world tour. A New Folk winner at the Kerrville Folk Festival in ’93, he began performing as a solo act, stressing an acoustic-centered approach to his music and bringing what one critic called “a poignant and humorous spirit to his poetry and storytelling”.
Kimmel’s peers have joined critics in commending the Alabama native’s unadorned stylings as uniquely soulful. Irish songstress Maura O’Connell, who has recorded haunting versions of Kimmel’s The Blue Train and Poetic Justice, says, “Tom is an incredible songwriter… And he seems to be getting better as the years go on.”
Featured in motion pictures such as Runaway Bride, Serendipity, and Twins, and in television shows as varied as Captain Kangaroo, Miami Vice and Touched by An Angel, recordings of Kimmel’s compositions have sold millions of copies around the world, achieving gold and platinum sales in many countries.
An optional pre-concert fixed price dinner will served at 6 PM, consisting of chicken, shrimp and andouille sausage jambalaya with basmati rice, corn bread, salad, and pecan pie for dessert.
Tickets for the concert concert, the sixth in a series of seven this winter, are $15. Dinner reservations and information are available by calling the White Gull Inn at 800.624.1987.