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Emily Clark is Colorado’s new country-rock sweetheart

Jaimee Rindy
Special to the Daily

Emily Clark got her start by traveling through the Northwest before being convinced by Dave Watts, of the Motet, to move to Colorado. Clark & the Passing Fancy perform as part of the free ShowDown Town concert series in Eagle on Thursday, Aug. 3.

EAGLE — Though Emily Clark hails from Seattle, she's made a name for herself in the Denver country-rock community. Today, Clark is abandoning her city scene for a taste of mountain life as she takes the stage for the ShowDown Town free concert series at 6:30 p.m. in the Eagle Town Park.

Clark's deep, baritone vocals and charming country twang make for a fun performance, but what's really captivating about her is her bright stage presence. Clark has performed with the likes of Jeff Austin (formerly Yonder Mountain String Band), Larry Keel, Oteil Burbridge (Allman Brothers), Kyle Hollingsworth and members of The Motet, Kung Fu, Roosevelt Collier and Big Gigantic … and more than held her own on stage next to these well-known musicians.

'Tight-knit music scene'

Clark got her start by traveling through the Northwest, where she had a chance encounter with Dave Watts, of the Motet. Watts soon convinced her to move to Colorado.

"I packed everything and was out here in six months," Clark said, adding that Colorado has "a booming yet tight-knit music scene."

The move turned out to be a booming business venture for Clark, who recently got the chance to perform at Red Rocks and helped out John Mayer at his July 19 show at the Pepsi Center.

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While traveling and meeting other artists has been instrumental in her career growth, Clark said that her favorite part about being a musician has been seeing the emotional impact it makes in people's lives.

"(I love) being able to speak this universal language that the masses communicate with," Clark said, "touching people, making them feel something super real and in real time."

Clark is enjoying her career right now, crossing off bucket list items such as singing at the Gorge Amphitheater in Grant County, Washington, with Colorado-based electronic mixing artist Maddy O'Neal. The pair collaborated on a new song called "Follow the Sound."

Clark has no plans of stopping soon, and she has even bigger projects right around the corner.

"I'd love to finish my solo album, buy a house and continue to be able to sing with artists I look up to and can learn from," Clark said.

Celebrating 30 years

ShowDown Town is part of the Vail Valley Foundation's free summer concert series, which includes Hot Summer Nights each Tuesday at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater in Vail.

The Ford Amphitheater is celebrating 30 years this summer, which starts with an all-star lineup for Hot Summer Nights and culminates with the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater 30th Anniversary Concerts featuring Rodrigo y Gabriela and Third Eye Blind on Aug. 18 and 19. Those concerts will be paid events — tickets are on sale now at http://www.grfavail.com.

If you go…

What: Emily Clark & the Passing Fancy perform at the howDown Town free summer concert series.

When: Thursday, Aug. 3. Show starts at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Eagle Town Park.

Cost: Free.

More information: Next up in the series is the ShowDown Town finale with Talia Keys & the Love on Aug. 10. Visit http://www.vvf.org.