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Lonesomers: Singer & Award Winning Actress Mare Winningham Celebrates Her Latest Album With Los Angeles Performance At Cafe Largo October 29.

NEW YORK--(ENTERTAINMENT WIRE)--Oct. 9, 1998--Anyone who saw Mare Winningham's performance, as a folk singer in the film Georgia knew that Mare's voice was not something that the casting agents simply happened upon.

Her critically acclaimed performance was nominated for an Academy Award, but also earned Mare vast praise for her ability as a singer and guitarist. It was almost as if the praise for Mare's acting was outweighted by the praise for her voice.

It should come as no surprise, then, that Mare's been both a singer and songwriter since her teenage years. After she launched what would become a very successful career as an actress (Wyatt Earp, St. Elmo's Fire and the Emmy-Award winning Amber Waves and George Wallace), Mare spent her rare downtime performing in clubs and coffeehouses around Los Angeles. She toured, made an independent album (it was ill-fated, to make a long story short), and cultivated her craft as a musician, all the while continuing to work as an actor.

And now, with the release of Lonesomers, Winningham's Razor & Tie debut, a different stage has been set. This is the stage of the singer/songwriter, a stage that finds Mare completely at home. "Some labels looked at me skeptically when I was looking for a deal," Mare recalls. "They were viewing me as an actor who sings, instead of as a singer who acts."

Like the rest of the album, the song "Lonesomers" finds redemption in difficult emotional territory, with melody as well as message. Winningham's sturdily expressive vocals soar over arrangements that straddle the worlds of country, folk and rock; her lyrics, meanwhile, reflect her eternal, soulful optimism. Produced by Carla Olson (who was a founding member of the late-lamented Textones), Mare is joined on Lonesomers by Michael Montalto (guitars, organ), Jill Olson (bass, vocals), Melanie DeGiovanni (drums, accordion, vocals) and Bennett Bowman (percussion). In addition to writing all of Lonesomers material, Mare sings and plays guitar and dulcimer.

Winningham will perform at Los Angeles' Cafe Largo on October 29 (with producer Olson opening the show.) More appearances will be announced shortly.
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