Country/Bluegrass Duo Granville Automatic Performs Songs Inspired by the Civil War

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For Immediate Release:
September 11, 2013
Contact: Lorenzo Butler
816.701.3669
Country/Bluegrass Duo Granville Automatic Performs Songs Inspired by the Civil War

Granville Automatic (named after a 19th century typewriter manufacturer) specializes in music about battles and incidents from the Civil War.

The country/bluegrass duo will discuss and perform their songs on Sunday, September 22, 2013, at 2 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.

The concert observes the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Chickamauga (September 19-20, 1863), and performers Vanessa Denae Olivarez and Elizabeth Elkins will highlight their recent composition "Lanterns at Horseshoe Ridge," inspired by that battle.

The song is part of their recording project An Army Without Music, featuring songs about Civil War battle sites lost to or threatened by development. Working with the Civil War Trust, Granville Automatic is recording these songs live on former battlefields across the United States.

Vanessa Olivarez is a singer, songwriter, and actor. She reached the Top 12 of the second season of American Idol in 2003, starred as Tracy Turnblad in the Canadian stage production of Hairspray, and had a Top 10 Canadian single with her recording "The One."

Elizabeth Elkins is a guitarist and singer, and was grand prize winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest in 2003.

Together they have released the albums Granville Automatic and Live from Sun Studio.

Admission is free. RSVP at kclibrary.org or call 816.701.3407.