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As a girl, WHITNEY MANN dreamed of a life in Country music. “I daydreamed all day, every day, of singing songs that I wrote in front of thousands of people,” she says. At the age of four, she began writing her own songs, and two decades later she realized her version of success by opening shows for legends like Willie Nelson, George Jones, and Loretta Lynn on big country stages and in theaters throughout the Midwest.
Whitney put down her guitar to raise a family. But songwriting is in her bones. It’s an itch that will perpetually need to be scratched. Her old songs are about love and truth and heartbreak. And to listen to her new material, you’ll realize that she’s stayed true to form – except now she’s looking for a fight.
Whitney’s friend PAUL OTTESON is a Madison-based songwriter who delivers literary inspired, artfully crafted songs in an intimate chamber folk style. Front man of the band Faux Fawn, Otteson is a tireless creator; having released several solo and full band albums over the past 10 years to great acclaim. After a multi-year hiatus, he returns with ballads to question the cruelty and loss of this age we live in; with hope-filled melodies to warm the heart and poetic verse to soothe the soul. He will do an opening set.