Bristol native Addie Brownlee will return to the Tri-Cities for a special concert this weekend.
The internationally touring singer and songwriter will be joined by Nashville’s Brigitte De-Meyer on Saturday, Nov. 19, when they’ll open for Tommy Womack at the Down Home in Johnson City in a concert being billed as “Triple Batch Americana.”
Doors open at 6 p.m. Show time is 9 p.m.
Tickets are $16.
Brownlee grew up in Bristol, where her parents still reside. As a youngster, she spent a lot of time in her dad’s recording studio and says she feels most settled when she’s unsettled.
Brownlee, whose voice is often compared to Dusty Springfield, was born in Kansas, but got her first taste of travel at 10 when her folks moved to East Tennessee.
“I did learn from my parents not to stay put if it was time to go,” she said. “I think that specific move had a very profound impact on me. It taught me that no place is worth holding onto if it means not having the next experience. It’s a lesson I continue to learn.”
The ease with which she learned to move took her to Chicago after college where, even though life was good, she ultimately decided to relocate again. And in 2002, Brownlee made her latest move to New York. But it was when she was stepping on deck aboard a boat in the middle of the North Atlantic — the first time she had been on the open sea — she found herself struggling for balance. “I found it very quickly even though I’d never done this before,” she said. “It was a very familiar feeling, constantly finding my footing.” And so she started writing. The resulting song, “Sea Legs,” off her latest album, “East of Leaving,” features a cameo by guest vocalist Martha Wainwright.
The itinerant nowhereness of travel has proven fertile creative ground for Brownlee.
“It’s a place of transition, a neither here nor there place,” she said. “I do tend to write a lot as I travel.”
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