St. Paul-based Mary Cutrufello will bring her fiery guitar chops and road-tested band Saturday to perform Saturday, Nov. 16, at The Park Center in downtown Hayward. Showtime is 7:30 p.m.

Advance tickets are $20, available at Art Beat of Hayward, 15845 W. 2nd St., and online at www.TheParkCenter.com. Admission is $30 at the door. Students 18 years of age and younger are admitted to Park events for $5.

Cutrufello has been hailed as a Texas honky-tonk heroine, a fiery Midwestern roots-rocker, and a powerhouse acoustic performer in her more than 25 years in the music business. Connecticut-raised and Yale-educated, Cutrufello has made records showcasing all of those facets of her identity as her musical journey has taken her from the East Coast to Houston and now to Minnesota. 

Cutrufello spent the 1990s in Texas, where her hard-driving honky-tonk style won her a loyal following, including two appearances on Austin City Limits. She sat in with Billy Joe Shaver, played at Willie Nelson’s Picnic and wrote with Steve Earle.

Her first CD, 1996’s live-to-tape “who to love + when to leave,” showcased her gritty take on the honky-tonk tradition, and was hailed as “quite simply one of the sharpest, most essential country albums of the last decade” by Matt Weitz in the Dallas Observer.

Cutrufello parlayed that success into a record deal with Mercury Records, and with that came a stylistic move back toward the rock that she grew up on. Following the 1998 release of her critically-acclaimed “When the Night is Through” came an appearance on The Tonight Show and another Austin City Limits date and tours with the Allman Brothers, Susan Tedeschi, and Gov’t Mule.

But Mercury was swept away in the 1999 merger of Seagrams and PolyGram, and after some rambling and soul-searching, Cutrufello ended up in Minnesota in 2002. “I’d moved to Texas to delve into honky-tonk music, and I guess in a way I moved to Minnesota to really delve back into that straightforward Midwestern rock sound I’ve always loved,” she said.

In 2007 she re-emerged with a vengeance on “35,” a taut collection of rock songs showcasing her writing, guitar playing and her powerful voice. 

“Man, it’s all in there!” she says. “It’s all legit; it’s all part of who I am. I mean, I love strapping on a Tele and crankin’ out a guitar solo at the edge of the stage. Who wouldn’t, right? But I also love telling stories and conjuring ghosts with just an acoustic guitar. It’s a journey either way.”

For more information, visit www.marycutrufello.com.

St. Paul-based Mary Cutrufello will bring her fiery guitar chops and road-tested band Saturday to perform Saturday, Nov. 16, at The Park Center in downtown Hayward. Showtime is 7:30 p.m.

Advance tickets are $20, available at Art Beat of Hayward, 15845 W. 2nd St., and online at www.TheParkCenter.com. Admission is $30 at the door. Students 18 years of age and younger are admitted to Park events for $5.

Cutrufello has been hailed as a Texas honky-tonk heroine, a fiery Midwestern roots-rocker, and a powerhouse acoustic performer in her more than 25 years in the music business. Connecticut-raised and Yale-educated, Cutrufello has made records showcasing all of those facets of her identity as her musical journey has taken her from the East Coast to Houston and now to Minnesota. 

Cutrufello spent the 1990s in Texas, where her hard-driving honky-tonk style won her a loyal following, including two appearances on Austin City Limits. She sat in with Billy Joe Shaver, played at Willie Nelson’s Picnic and wrote with Steve Earle.

Her first CD, 1996’s live-to-tape “who to love + when to leave,” showcased her gritty take on the honky-tonk tradition, and was hailed as “quite simply one of the sharpest, most essential country albums of the last decade” by Matt Weitz in the Dallas Observer.

Cutrufello parlayed that success into a record deal with Mercury Records, and with that came a stylistic move back toward the rock that she grew up on. Following the 1998 release of her critically-acclaimed “When the Night is Through” came an appearance on The Tonight Show and another Austin City Limits date and tours with the Allman Brothers, Susan Tedeschi, and Gov’t Mule.

But Mercury was swept away in the 1999 merger of Seagrams and PolyGram, and after some rambling and soul-searching, Cutrufello ended up in Minnesota in 2002. “I’d moved to Texas to delve into honky-tonk music, and I guess in a way I moved to Minnesota to really delve back into that straightforward Midwestern rock sound I’ve always loved,” she said.

In 2007 she re-emerged with a vengeance on “35,” a taut collection of rock songs showcasing her writing, guitar playing and her powerful voice. 

“Man, it’s all in there!” she says. “It’s all legit; it’s all part of who I am. I mean, I love strapping on a Tele and crankin’ out a guitar solo at the edge of the stage. Who wouldn’t, right? But I also love telling stories and conjuring ghosts with just an acoustic guitar. It’s a journey either way.”

For more information, visit www.marycutrufello.com.

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