Linda McRae brings her solo show to Silence on Friday October 9 in support of her new album, “Shadow Trails”. Linda is perhaps most widely known for her time with Spirit of the West, and prominent involvement on two of their most enduring songs, “Home for a Rest” and “If Venice is Sinking”. Since leaving the band in 1996, however she has developed a very successful solo album culminating in the release of an excellent solo compilation, and a fabulous introduction to her music, “Fifty Shades of Red” in 2014.
Her new Steve Dawson produced album Shadow Trails is inspired by songwriting workshops she has been doing with at-risk youth – to try and prevent them from ending up in prison. In 2006, McRae found love and much more with James Whitmire, a retired American rancher who had recently discovered his voice as a poet. He told her he’d move wherever she dreamed of living, so the couple settled in Nashville, and Whitmire – who she pays tribute to on the new album with the song “My Man” – became her manager, collaborator, and constant source of moral support while she’s out on the road. A recovered addict, who’s been clean for more than 25 years, Whitmire has life experience that many incarcerated individuals and at-risk youth relate to, and that has helped the couple build trusting connections through their therapeutic songwriting workshops. That work, in turn, inspired McRae, whose new album is chalk-full of raw, honest reflections on hardship delivered with rough-hewn authenticity in her own inimitable style.
For more information, visit lindamcrae.com.