The Americana Community Music Association is Fort Myers home for original Americana music. The ACMA provides venues for local and touring artists, many are award winning performers in the Americana/Folk community. All shows are in a quiet, intimate setting and every show is a meet and greet with the artists. YouTube any of these artists and be prepared to be impressed.
The ACMA welcomes Louise Mosrie on Saturday, Dec. 4 at the listening room at All Faiths Unitarian Congregation at 2756 McGregor Blvd. in Fort Myers. Doors opens at 6:30 p.m, and the show starts at 7 p.m. Suggested donation is $20 for public & $15 for ACMA members.
Louise Mosrie grew up in McEwen, Tenn., on a cattle farm – riding horses and writing poetry. She began writing songs after college while working in TV/radio in Knoxville. She moved back to the Nashville area in 2004 and began co-writing with country, bluegrass and folk artists (Donna Ulisse, Mike Richardson) and writers.
Louise had a major creative breakthrough in 2007 when she had a fortuitous co-writing session with famed Americana producer and writer, Ray Kennedy (Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams). They wrote the song, “Doubling Back,” for a documentary film by IU professor Ron Osgood, called “My Vietnam, Your Iraq” which was broadcast on PBS stations nationwide.
Audience members would tell her that they enjoyed the stories between the songs as much as the songs and her strong expressive voice was described as “…like listening to Patty Griffin and Susan Tedeschi at the same time.” She’s played at The Bluebird Café in Nashville, Club Passim in Boston, Caffé Lena in N.Y. and was just recently invited to play at The Birchmere in Washington, D.C.
At this time, RSVPs are not necessary, however, masks are required and COVID vaccinations requested. The safety of our audience, musicians and hosts is our top priority. Thank you for your cooperation so we can once again gather to enjoy live music in a listening atmosphere.
Songwriters on the Plaza Dec. 14
The Lee County Library has joined with The ACMA (Americana Community Music Association), to offer free acoustic concerts of all original music. Concerts will take place in the amphitheater, which is located on South Cornog Plaza on First Street in downtown Fort Myers. Bring a chair or blanket; shows will be moved indoors depending on weather.
The Tuesday, Dec. 14 show will feature Ray Cerbone, Robert Bidney and Kip Lawrence. Music starts at 6 p.m. and admission is free.
One of the founding members of the Fort Myers ACMA, Ray Cerbone began playing guitar during the late ‘60s folk scene. With the support and inspiration of fellow local and touring musicians, he began writing and playing in earnest in 2010. Traveling a long road in a short time, his music encompasses many genres, including Americana, folk, blues, ballads and a little bit of country. His storyteller style takes the listener to another place in time, his music and lyrics bringing evocative insights into the many sides of life.
Robert Bidney has been connecting with audiences for years, performing his original songs with infectious energy and emotion. His songs have been recorded by artists in the U.S., Canada, France and the U.K., and aired on radio and national TV commercials. He has two albums, Rush of Hope and It’s All About The Love, both produced in L.A., and his new 2021 single “Thank Goodness for the Giving Giving People” has been enjoying airplay in the U.S., Canada and the U.K.
Kip Lawrence is a songwriter formerly from Matlacha. He is a founding member of The Yard Dogs and Skinny Water Band.
Songwriters in the Round Dec. 19
The next Songwriters in the Round at the Alliance for the Arts will take place on Sunday, Dec. 19 at 4 p.m. The Reckless Saints will headline, and the Java Moon Band will open. Tickets are available at www.artinlee.org.
For more about the ACMA, visit online at www.americanacma.org.