It may not be exactly like picking and singing with friends and family in your living room or parlor, but it will be the next best thing when Brenau University on Tuesday, Oct. 15, kicks off the second season of The Sofa Sessions, an intimate interaction between local singers, songwriters and audience members who have been known to break into song themselves.
The session, which is free and open to the public, starts at 6 p.m. in the lobby of the Jacobs Building near the corner of Green and Academy streets on the Gainesville campus. The event creates a truly intimate musical experience as the line-up of pre-scheduled performers play to one another and the audience, face to face, from sofas and closely arraigned seats in the Jacobs lobby.
Special guest for the first session will be Karen Brooks, whom the Academy of Country Music named the best new female vocalist in 1982. Brooks is best known for a series of Top 40 hits on the Billboard Country Chart, including New Way Out and Faking Love, a duet with T.G. Sheppard. However, she also performed vocally on recordings by Jerry Jeff Walker, David Allan Coe, Steven Fromholz, Gary P. Nunn, Townes Van Zandt and Rodney Crowell.
After Tuesday’s performance, the Sofa Sessions will move to a regular schedule on the second Tuesday of each month.