“Cris Williamson, Barbara Higbie, Teresa Trull: The Reunion Tour,” which takes place on September 29 at the James A. Little Theater, brings together three long-term friends who love playing music together.
“What this concert is all about is three people with a deep friendship singing folk, R&B and bluegrass tunes powerfully,” says Williamson, who has been in the forefront of the women’s music movement since 1975 when she released her pivotal album “The Changer and the Changed.”
“We sing solo and do lots of duets and trios during the performance. This is our second year of touring together. It’s really fun for us. We amuse each other so much.”
Williamson plans to sing songs from her collection of original tunes and covers that spans more than 40 years as well as tunes from her latest and 32nd album “Motherland,” which features an original title track and her arrangements of songs by other artists.
Higbie, a Grammy Award-winning composer, pianist, fiddler and singer/songwriter who has been a professional musician since the age of 17, plays everything from jazz, bluegrass and Irish music to blues and African pop. She has performed on more than 100 albums and released her latest solo album “Scenes from Life” in 2014.
One of Higbie’s collaborators has been Tull, who was brought up in North Carolina surrounded by the sounds of blues, gospel and R&B music. A gospel singer at the beginning of her career, Tull segued into the role of the lead singer in a rock ’n’ roll band before joining the East Coast nightclub circuit. Higbie’s gutsy vocal style can be found on many albums and has been heard in concert with musicians including Joan Baez, Holly Near, David Sanborn and Huey Lewis.
“We’ll have a set list for the show, but we always have room for some improvisation as well,” Williamson adds.