Nancy McCallion and the Scarlet Lettermen

Tuesday, July 16, 2019, 11:30 am – 12:30 pm,

The Arizona Senior Academy Building

Singer-songwriter Nancy McCallion returns to the Arizona Senior Academy, joined by “The Scarlet Lettermen,” for a high energy show mixing Americana with “a twist of soul and a gram of blarney.”

McCallion has been compared with Lucinda Williams and Iris DeMent as American songwriters of the highest caliber. Her lyrics have been described as “world-weary, bitter, stark, drunken and funny.” (Singout Magazine)

A multi-instrumentalist who plays guitar, ukulele, harmonica and pennywhistle, McCallion draws upon the Norteño sounds of her childhood Southwest Tucson neighborhood along with Celtic influences from her Irish-Scots father, Texas old-time country influences from her mother, and a “cultural stew” of other influences.

She first teamed up with her high school music partner Catherine Zavala to form The Mollys in 1989, touring across the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia and New Zealand before the group disbanded in 2003. Continuing to write and perform as a solo artist, she has combined her talents with a variety of Tucson musicians over the years, including her husband, guitarist Danny Krieger, with whom ASA audiences have seen her perform along with violinist Heather Hardy. Her current band, “Nancy McCallion & The Scarlet Lettermen,” features Chris Davis guitar/vocals, Karl Hoffman bass/vocals , and Les Merrihew drums. They perform original songs and cover tunes, emphasizing vocal harmonies and dynamic arrangements.

McCallion’s original songs include sharp takes on life lived in difficult times, and tales of women struggling to strike a balance between intimacy and independence.  Her song “Brighter in the Night” from the 2009 album “Take a Picture of Me” was featured in the movie “The Age of Adaline.”

Written by Leslie Nitzberg, Academy Village volunteer

(Photo caption:  Nancy McCallion & The Scarlet Lettermen)

July 16: “Nancy McCallion & The Scarlet Lettermen”