Laurie McClain at Gayville Hall Saturday

Laurie McClain at Gayville Hall Saturday The Nashville-based singer-songwriter Laurie McClain performs her brand of folk and country music at 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 1, at Gayville Hall in Gayville. John and Susan McNeill open.

McClain describes her music as "folk with a little bit of country" or as "Americana." She writes "songs about spiritual things to try to lift people, not with a lot of angst."

Born and raised in Los Angeles until moving to Nebraska at age 12, McClain dreamed of being a singer from age 5 or 6. After seeing performers like Joni Mitchell and Merle Haggard on the Johnny Cash television show, she asked her parents for a guitar.

McClain secured her first professional music gig at age 17, playing six nights at a Lincoln motel lounge for $125. She also attended the University of Nebraska and trained to be a surgical technologist.

McClain's father dissuaded her from moving to Nashville in 1988, but seven years ago she finally made the move. There she met musician Charlie Chadwick, whom she married four years ago. He has backed alternative rocker Shelby Lynne and country-folk artist Suzy Bogguss among many others.

Chadwick and McClain operate their own recording studio in Nashville, and she limits herself to about 50 engagements a year so she can raise her 11-year-old daughter from a previous marriage.

McClain's recent CDs include The Child Behind My Eyes (2002), The Trumpet Vine (2003), which is a tribute to the late singer-songwriter Kate Wolf, and a live concert CD. She is touring nine Midwestern venues form Ann Arbor, MI, and Chicago to Lincoln.

Gayville Hall is located at 502 Washington Street in Gayville. Tickets are $10 at the door or $12.50 for a reserved seat. Call (605) 267-2859.

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