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Rand sings of wild waters

Singer-songwriter Joanne Rand, whose style has been called — "Psychedelic Folk Revival" performs at Evo's Coffee Lounge, 376 E. Main — St. in Ashland, on Wednesday, March 23. The show is from 7 to 8:30 p.m.. — For information call, 482-2261.

Rand will soon be releasing her eighth CD entitled, "Where — Our Power Lies." Dubbed "Nothing short of brilliant" by the Santa Rosa — Press Democrat, Rand lives in the wild rivers region of the Siskiyou Mountains, — where she spins anthems of grassroots power and personal transformation. —

Rand grew up in Georgia singing to the birds in the trees. — At 16, she began to travel the country and far beyond. Then she hit the — Pacific Northwest and a certain wild river captured her heart. She homesteaded — there for six years. To this river is dedicated Joanne Rand's seventh — self-produced album, "Into the River."

During the late 1980s Rand began her career as a singer — songwriter.

She has been touring and recording ever since, weaving — her life into her work: from the loss of her brother to AIDS (songwriter, — Jordan Rand), to the birth of her daughter in 1999. Rand, whose style — has been dubbed "Psychedelic-Folk-Revival" and "Acoustic Ritual", spins — songs of transformation and grassroots power. From audiences of 60,000 — to personal appearances for hospice patients, weddings and birthing mothers, — Rand appeals to a wide spectrum of human existence.

With roots in classical piano, gospel, folk, rock and — indigenous music, Rand's career has included performances with Bonnie — Raitt, John Hartford, Richie Havens, Janis Ian and members of the former — Grateful Dead. During the 1990s, Rand anchored Seattle's hometown music — scene. At the same time Rand's quartet was voted Best Acoustic Band in — Sonoma County by a California reader's poll.

With the release of her January 2003 CD, Rand moved back — to the wild Northern California rivers and mountains that fed her soul — for almost 20 years and the wildness that sparked her as a kid on a mountaintop. — She has recently spawned a new band: "The Rhythm of the Open Hearts" and — a score of new songs written during 2003-'04 will be released on a new — CD this spring.