Emily Hurd performs at the Irish Rose Dec. 3

Owen Township native has been compared to Janis Joplin and Joni Mitchell

Singer/songwriter Emily Hurd will perform in Rockford Sunday, Dec. 3 at the Irish Rose Saloon.

Hurd, an Owen Township native, is fresh off a live performance on Fearless Radio and an opening set for internationally acclaimed blues artist Bettye LaVette at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago.

Tracks from her latest album, The Barefoot Session, are becoming favorites on radio stations around the world, landing on WLUW 88.7, Radio Air France and Radio Holstebro Denmark, to name a few.

The Barefoot Session, a 13-track collection recorded live in just five hours, was released earlier this year and includes Hurd’s band—Jimmy Tomasello (bass), Gregg Ostrom (guitar) and Eric Delli Bovi (drums).

Hurd has been compared to Janis Joplin and Joni Mitchell, and owns an original sounding blend of classic jazz, blues and folk piano and vocal arrangements.

Following a stint at Northwestern University and an education in the culinary arts, Hurd’s music began to take off, bringing her back to Chicago, where she resides today.

The Barefoot Session and her second release, Potent One, are available at CD Baby, iTunes and locally at Randee’s Music, 4116 Morsay Drive in Rockford.

Show starts at 8:30 p.m. Cost is $3. The Irish Rose Saloon is at 519 E. State St. in downtown Rockford. The club can be reached at 964-0480.

More information about Emily Hurd can be found on the Web at www.emilyhurd.com or by calling 222-1449.

From the Nov. 29 – Dec. 5, 2006, issue

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