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Special to the DailyHusband and wife musical team Charlotte Kendrick and Dan Rowe will perform Tuesday as part of the Vail Symposium's singer-songwriter salon.
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VAIL – On Tuesday, the Vail Symposium hosts award-winning singer/songwriter, Charlotte Kendrick accompanied by Dan Rowe. Kendrick’s music is a timeless collection of deceptively simple songs, hovering somewhere between folk, Americana, and pop, with influences ranging from Norah Jones to Ryan Adams. She also enjoys music from Patty Griffin, Alison Krauss, Todd Snider, Brian Keane, and Liam Bailey, among others.Though she first picked up a guitar at an early age, Kendrick didn’t begin pursuing music professionally until her early 20s. She discovered a newfound passion for the art while in Africa with the Peace Corps, where singing and songwriting were among the only pastimes available. “It soon became clear to me how much I had taken for granted,” she esaid “How could I pass up the chance to do something I love for a living when so many people never get the chance to choose?”

Once back in the states, Kendrick started going to open mic nights at a New York cafe, where she met fellow musician, and now-husband, Dan Rowe. Rowe provides a subtle and restrained accompaniment to her smooth and inviting voice. They released her debut album, “I Get Stupid,” in 2004, and work on their third album is now under way. Most of the songs Kendrick writes are inspired by events in her life, or events in her friends’ lives that resonate with her. “I’ll have a topic on my mind that I have been thinking about for a few weeks or so, and then I come up with a melody I like and try to fit my thoughts into the music,” she said. Sometimes she will write three songs in a week, and other times experience a few months of no writing at all. “It just depends on what is happening in my life, I guess.”In 2006, Kendrick won the Folk category of VH1’s Song of the Year Award, and was a finalist at the Kerrville Folk Festival that same year. She also received Honorable Mention in the 2005 Billboard Song contest.The concert will take place at a private residence in Singletree from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday Tickets are $45 for Vail Symposium members and $55 for non-members, which includes wine and desserts from Mountain Flour. Call the symposium for reservations at 476-0954, or purchase tickets on-line at http://www.vailsymposium.org. Directions will be e-mailed.

=======================Songwriter sessionWhat: Concert with Charlotte Kendrick and Dan Rowe



When: 7-9 p.m. TuesdayWhere: Singletree residenceCost: $45 for Vail Symposium members and $55 for non-membersInformation: Call the symposium for reservations at 476-0954, or purchase tickets on-line at http://www.vailsymposium.org. =======================


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