Tickets still available for The Wailin’ Jennys concert

STATE COLLEGE — Tickets are going fast for The Wailin’ Jennys in concert at 8 p.m. next Thursday at The State Theatre, 130 W. College Ave.

The Wailin Jennys are Nicky Mehta, Ruth Moody and Heather Masse, three distinct voices blended together.

Starting as a happy accident of solo singer/songwriters getting together for a one-time-only performance at a tiny guitar shop in Winnipeg, Manitoba, The Wailin’ Jennys have grown over the years into one of today’s most beloved international folk acts. Founding members Moody and Mehta, along with New York-based Masse, continue to create some of the most exciting music on the folk-roots scene, stepping up their musical game with each critically lauded recording and thrilling audiences with their live performances.

In 2004, The Wailin’ Jennys released their first full-length album, “40 Days,” to great critical acclaim, netting a 2005 Juno Award (Canadian Grammy) for Roots and Traditional Album of the Year. Bolstered by their frequent appearances on the public radio show “A Prairie Home Companion,” The Jennys performed at packed venues across the Canada, the U.S. and throughout the world.

Their sophomore album, 2006’s “Firecracker,” served as a powerful follow-up to their career-making debut. Artistically, the record found The Jennys stepping out of the folk realm and into the world of alt-country, pop and rock. Garnering much attention, it was nominated for a Juno Award and won a 2007 Folk Alliance Award for Contemporary Release of the Year. “Firecracker” had legs, spending over 56 weeks on the Billboard charts.

The trio’s 2009 release, “Live at Mauch Chunk Opera House,” also spent over a year on the Billboard bluegrass charts. That landmark live album bottled the lightning of The Jennys’ live performances.

For their 2011 Juno-winning “Bright Morning Stars,” The Wailin’ Jennys joined the ranks of Lucinda Williams and Emmylou Harris and recorded with award-winning producer Mark Howard. Co-produced by frequent Jennys collaborator and Juno Award-nominated David Travers-Smith, the album combines fresh and innovative sounds with the band’s signature harmonies — a perfect mix of Americana, pop and traditional folk that is destined to be a modern classic.

Ticket information is available by calling 814-272-0606 or visiting www.thestatetheatre.org.

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