Sarah Siskind couldnt have picked a better night to make her return to Durango.
The acclaimed singer-songwriter, who will perform tonight as a duo at the Henry Strater Theatre with her husband, Travis Book, also happens to be a talented jewelry maker. And the Siskind-Book Duo show happens to fall on the same night as Spring Gallery Walk, when downtown Durango will be chock-full of a targeted audience of art lovers.
It started as a hobby, my own little souvenirs from being on tour that Id bring home and make into jewelry, Siskind said from Nashville earlier this week before heading west for the duos 10-stop mini-tour of Colorado. This is becoming a part of my creative process, so I felt like it was tied to my music. Its really taken off.
Husband and wife are both successful and acclaimed musicians; Book is a member of the Infamous Stringdusters, and Siskind spends most of the year touring as a solo act or small combo. Her music has netted her a Grammy nomination (the Stringdusters also had a Grammy nomination in February) and been recorded by the likes of Bonnie Raitt, Randy Travis and Alison Krauss. They find time about once a year to perform as a duo, and Durango is lucky enough to be a stop on the tour in part because Books mother, Kaye, lives here and is co-producing the show with Beth Lamberson.
Siskind and Book call Nashville home, and the Stringdusters are based out of Charlottesville, Va. But most of the songs for her upcoming album were written when the couple spent six months last year in Lyons, so their Colorado ties are strong, indeed. She plays every instrument on the album, which includes a few nontraditional sounds.
We were renting a house, and when I needed percussion, I went into their cupboard and found rice and oatmeal, kitchen stuff. It sounded so good I kept doing it once I got home, she said, admitting that duplicating those sounds on stage could prove tricky on future concert tours.
In addition to tonights show at the Hank, Siskind and Book will give a free 30-minute show at Southwest Sound this afternoon, and Siskind will offer a songwriting workshop Saturday at the Rochester Hotel.