Local songstress will perform at Salida SteamPlant

These mountains are filled with artists who love the recreation and beauty they offer. Because of that, the valley is quickly becoming a popular destination for many musicians to circle on their tour. But for one talented singer/songwriter, performing here is even sweeter. It’s not just another stage, it is coming home.

Buena Vista native Carin Mari has turned her childhood passion for music into her calling and after years of nationwide performances and the release of her new original album, she is finally back to perform for the community that has supported her from the very beginning.

At 9 years old, Carin Mari met entertainer Michael Martin Murphey. She was given the chance to debut at his Singing Cowboy Ranch in Nathrop and she never looked back. Since making the connection with Murphy, she has had 16 years of making music and traveling the country doing what she loves. She has won many accolades, including 2009 Entertainer and Songwriter of the Year from the North America Country Music Association, Female Vocalist/Female Entertainer of the Year at South Plains College and runner-up in the 2010 Texas Country Showdown national finals, not to mention recording seven studio albums including her most recent, Rambling Daughter.

“It’s no secret now that Murphey has played a major role in my career and for that I’ll be forever grateful. Sixteen years ago he took a chance on a kid and helped teach me and encourage me whenever he could. Now that I’m an adult, he’s given me career-changing opportunities that have opened new doors and taken me places I only dreamed about,” she said.

“I grew up listening to Michael’s music, so meeting him and having him as a mentor had a huge influence on my career and love for music.”

Carin Mari will be performing at the Salida SteamPlant Event Center on Thursday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m. for a one-night Western event with fellow musician Eli Barsi. The show will feature original songs from her new album with an Americana style true to her western, mountain-loving roots. The tickets are $15 in advance or $18 at the door.

“I like to describe my music as mountain Americana.  I do like to play a few classic country covers and yodel at least once, but mostly I sing my songs about life in the mountains and being a woman on the road,” Carin Mari said. “Eli’s style of music is a little more western and she does more yodeling, so it will be a well-rounded show with something for everyone.”

Carin Mari’s album Rambling Daughter embodies the true essence of her career and the woman she has become while on the road. With influences of country, folk and rooted-Americana sounds, her new music captures audiences who claim it is her best sound yet. The album can be found on her website carinmarimusic.com or purchased on iTunes and Spotify.

“A lot of my show is based around Rambling Daughter. The songs on this project were written about the last 16 years of my life on the road as a traveling musician. The album means a lot to me and I share stories about the songs and my life as I’m still pursuing my passion of being a singer/songwriter.”

Carin Mari and Eli Barsi are long-time friends. They met during their tours and share an admiration for each other and the lifestyle they have chosen. After visiting at the Heber Valley Cowboy Poetry Gathering, they decided to host a show together, and Carin knew there was no better place than here, at home. They both love to write music with a western influence and enjoy traveling to share this passion, she said, but they have unique sounds that will entertain a wide variety of music lovers at their show.

“I love playing shows right here at home because it is where it all began, and I wouldn’t be here without the support from this wonderful place and all the wonderful people that make it home,” Carin Mari said. “It is like playing for one big family. And it is a great reminder that I am who I am because of the people sitting in the audience.”