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Mare Wakefield

Mare Wakefield's new album, "Ironwood," is filled with songs about strong women. There's the woman who calls out all liars in "Enough Bad Love," the mother who pays a high price for her daughter's life in "Pretty Little Bird," the gun-toting girlfriend in "Slimeball" and the bar fly in "Whiskey Does It Better."

The Nashville-based recording artist is touring to support her new album, and she will be performing at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 20, at the Siskiyou Pub, 31B Water St., Ashland.

Wakefield will be joined for her solo appearance by guitarist and vocalist Mysha Caruso.

Wakefield got help on her fourth independent release from producer Nomad Ovunc and Nashville musicians Joe Rathbone, Colleen McFarland and Dave Isaacs. Texas troubadours Dylan Sneed, Kristy Kruger and David Newbould also appear on the album, along with Tommy Perkinson on drums, Sari Reist on cello and Josh Fuson on harmonica.

"Musically sophisticated, weaving elements of jazz and bluegrass into her compositions. Don't pass up the opportunity to see her perform," says Cheryl Eddy of the San Francisco Bay Guardian.

Cover for the show at the Siskiyou Pub is $5.

Call 482-7718.

Mare Wakefield's 'Ironwood' is a showcase of folk and country. - Photo by Wade Griffith