After weeks of show-stopping snowstorms in the Sierra Foothills, artists have returned to Miners Foundry and are ready to heat up the stage. Don’t miss the reunion of singer-songwriter Teresa Trull and pianist/singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Barbara Higbie on Thursday, April 18! With a musical repertoire that ranges from blues to gospel to folk to rock and jazz, the pair delivers pleasure, tremendous energy, and excitement to the stage. As the two perform together in a long-awaited reunion, you will truly be overcome with joy.

This will be the duo’s first opportunity to play together in five years, and Higbie says they are ready to unleash a high-energy show for Nevada City’s patrons: “We’re recognized for our high-energy performances. Teresa is a fantastic voice – a force – and I am renowned for playing a variety of instruments quickly and furiously. We’re all set to rock and roll!”

She stated that they would perform mostly original music with a couple of covers thrown in for good measure!

Barbara Higbie has been performing professionally since she was 17 years old. She studied at Mills College and the Sorbonne and has played abroad in several genres, including jazz, bluegrass, Irish, new classical, blues, and African Pop. Her style is genre-bending and approachable. The Grammy nominee and Bay Area Music Award (Bammy) recipient has performed on over 100 recordings. She has played alongside Bonnie Raitt, Carlos Santana, Holly Near, and several other renowned musicians.

Teresa Trull is a trailblazer in women’s music. As a young girl, she began singing in the church; as a teenager, she liked singing gospel music, but she eventually gravitated toward folk and rock music. In the 1970s, she visited the East Coast and the South before migrating to the West Coast in her twenties. Trull, an acclaimed producer of over 30 records, was nominated Best Independent Album Producer at the New York Music Awards. She has performed alongside, among others, Joan Baez, David Sanborn, and Sheila E.

Trull now resides in New Zealand, but is returning to the United States for the Olivia Records 50th Anniversary Cruise, making this a unique opportunity to see the two together.

Trull’s live performances have been compared to “the soaring power of Nona Hendryx and the irreverent wit of Bette Midler,” and she performs with what appears to be an inexhaustible source of energy.

Together, Higbie and Trull are an emotional and musically brilliant force. The connection and talent between the two are hailed as phenomenal and contagious. They have performed alongside Tracy Chapman, Nancy Griffith, k.d. lang, and a number of other artists.

The pair has made two critically acclaimed CDs for Oliva/Second Wave and Slowbaby Records and has amassed a strong national fan base.

Higbie noted that they had also invited their friend Vicki Randle, who is famous for appearing on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. “She is fantastic,” remarked Higbie.

Randle was the first woman to join the Tonight Show Band on a permanent basis. She has performed and recorded with Aretha Franklin, Herbie Hancock, Celine Dion, and Higbie and Trull, among others.

On Thursday, March 16 at 8 p.m., at Miners Foundry, you may kick off your winter boots and put on your dance shoes.