Joanne Rand recently received a degree in music composition from Humboldt State University. - Photo courtesy of Frank Green

Joanne Rand

Singer and songwriter Joanne Rand calls her acoustic pop music a "psychedelic folk revival" for its Southern influences, dramatic, atmospheric qualities and personal, narrative lyrics.

" 'Revival' because I grew up in the South on gospel music," says Rand, who hails from Arcata, Calif., but was born and raised in Atlanta. "I try to get people to sing along when I can."

The folk label can be pinned to the instrumentation and the lyrics, and Rand says she always has preferred the openness of psychedelic and "the fact that it takes you on a journey."

"When I was 14 years old, I took Pink Floyd's 'The Dark Side of the Moon' to my classical piano teacher, and I said 'Teach me this,' and she said, 'I can't teach you this,' so I quit piano," Rand recalls.

Rand and pianist Tim Randalls, the house keyboardist for California's prestigious Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre, will perform a danceable set of originals, as well as fun songs by Patti Smith, Train, Flogging Molly and others, at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, at Applegate River Lodge, 15100 Highway 238, Applegate.

This year, Rand has toured through 10 states and made two trips to Nashville, Tenn., to study with an acclaimed songwriter and musician, who prefers to remain anonymous.

Under his professional guidance, Rand has been honing her skills on guitar and developing her vocal style.

"He's taught me to sing longer, more relaxed vowels over fast guitar-picking," she says. "I feel like I'm more myself than I have ever been."

While in Nashville, Rand also began recording her 13th album, "The Nashville Sessions," which she plans to release in December.

Her 12th album, "Rise," was recorded live at Applegate River Lodge with her trio, The Rhythm of the Open Heart.

Lately, Rand says she's been concentrating on her solo work but occasionally will play with the trio and pick up floating musicians — "a guitarist here and a cellist there" — at various stops along the tour.

Cover to the show at the lodge is $10. See www.joannerandmusic.com or call 541-761-9394.

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