Trailblazing Women of Country

February 22, 2025 in Wright Auditorium at 7:30 p.m.

Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, and Dolly Parton revolutionized country music and blazed a trail for future generations of female artists. With their chart-topping hits and record-breaking sales, Patsy, Loretta, and Dolly wove threads of contemporary womanhood throughout the tapestry of country music, resulting in unprecedented commercial success and earning each a place in the Country Music Hall of Fame.  

Trailblazing Women of Country, will entertain and inspire audiences during this pivotal moment in our nation’s history, featuring soloists, Miko Marks, CMT’s 2022, “Next Woman of Country”; and Nashville based singer, Kristina Train, supported by a 5-member all-female band.  

Cline, Lynn, and Parton harnessed country music’s rich storytelling tradition to offer their uniquely empowered—and unmistakably female—perspective on issues faced by women of their day. Their shared legacy of musical excellence, earthy glamour, and unapologetic authenticity continues to resonate with listeners of all ages and backgrounds in the 21st century. 

Patsy’s assured contralto affirms that a woman can be heartbroken and sure of herself at the same time (“Crazy,” “Walkin’ After Midnight”); Loretta Lynn’s songs exalt autonomy attained through contraception (“The Pill”) and self-respect (“Don’t Come Home A-Drinkin’ with Lovin’ On Your Mind”); and Dolly Parton demonstrates that a woman can ascend the career ladder (“9-to-5”) while never losing sight of her roots (“Coat of Many Colors”). 

Through their singular voices and artistry, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, and Dolly Parton defied restrictive gender norms, proving that women can be at once beautiful and strong, vulnerable, and powerful. 

About The Artist

Miko Marks

All tell the story of Miko Marks’ resurgence as she deftly blends country, blues, southern rock and even gospel to create a sound and experience that has literally brought every audience to its feet. This new sound along with her warm and soulful spirit catapulted her into a community of change with her doing more than breaking ground - she’s shattering it. It’s a serendipitous realization that Marks was meant to be here, at this time, in this moment, for good.

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Kristina Train

Hailing from Savannah, Georgia, Kristina Train is a Nashville-based musician who splits her time with the UK. Her debut album premiered on Blue Note Records followed by a second solo album released on Mercury Records. She has toured the world as a feature vocalist and violinist in Herbie Hancock’s band, collaborated with Dr. Dre, performed at The Nobel Peace Prize, and made a fan of Bruce Springsteen. Train's voice is pure, richly embodied, and crystal clear, with a recognizable nod to the vocal traditions of Nat King Cole, Roy Orbison, and Dusty Springfield.

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Anne McCue

Anne McCue is a songwriter, music producer and multi-instrumentalist, guitar being her main instrument. She has just released her 8th album, Wholly Roller Coaster. Anne has traveled all over the world playing her songs in concert halls and festivals. Described by Billboard Magazine as a “triple-threat” artist, Lucinda Williams had this to say about Anne - “I got inside the songs. I went to see her perform; I was floored.”

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Heather Thomas

Heather is a drummer and singer songwriter from Seattle, based in Nashville. She tours with 2x Grammy nominated artist Mary Lambert and plays with numerous bands as a session drummer. Heather fronts the Heather Thomas band as drummer and lead singer, with several releases under her name and is working on releasing her next album Dig On Down in 2024.

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Megan Palmer

Nashville based Megan Palmer grew up playing music alongside her grandfather, who gave her both her first piano lesson and his father's violin. She went on to study music and nursing at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. She has toured extensively over the years in a variety of musical acts, including fronting her own band as a singer-songwriter. She continues to be mesmerized by the healing power of music!

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Thayer Sarrano

Thayer Sarrano grew up in Southeast, coastal Georgia. She was the daughter of a priest and an opera singer and has been exposed to a diverse range of music since a young age. After school, Thayer relocated to Athens, GA where she joined tons of bands, touring with Montreal, Cracker, Camper Van Beethoven, collaborating with members of R.E.M. , Widespread Panic, Drive-By Truckers, T. Hardy Morris, and many more. In 2009, Thayer broke out as a solo artist. Her original music has often been called "southern-gothic" or as Huffington Post called it, "a Southern-psych dreamland, bottling up ghosts and bringing them to life through her ethereal hymns. Over the last decade, Thayer has lived on and off in Nashville, TN, balancing her life as a session pianist and fronting her own band.

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Morgan Blaney

Upright Bass: Originally from small-town Wyoming, Morgan Blaney grew up playing upright bass at a local historic saloon during their Thursday night jam. She co-founded a regional band in high school and performed with this band for nine years. This experience evolved into touring and recording, instructing in upright bass, vocal harmony, and occasionally banjo at bluegrass camps, and double-majoring in Upright Bass Performance in Bluegrass and Jazz at The University of Northern Colorado--Greeley. After graduating from college, Morgan relocated to Nashville, TN where she is pursuing her music career.

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