2017-08-03 / Front Page

Bufford will return to Georgia to perform new show Aug. 12

By JANE ELLYN AARON news editor


CAROLE J. BUFFORD CAROLE J. BUFFORD For the third year in a row, Lincoln County native Carole J. Bufford will make a special one-night appearance at the Jabez Sanford Hardin Perform­ing Arts Center on Saturday, August 12, at 7:30 p.m. This year, however, Bufford is anticipating the perfor­mance of her new show “You Don’t Own Me.”

“What brings me back is family – I love singing near my hometown, because getting to see everyone each year is such a treat for me,” Bufford expressed. “These are the people that raised me. It’s like I have a lot of mamas and daddies running around, so for me it’s really special that I get to see them again, and I want to celebrate that.”

Typically known for her soulful and jazz-inspired storytelling, this performance will highlight the “Fear­less Females of the 1960s,” with Buf­ford’s own inimitable spin on those classics from the decade.

The show will delve into a time of great change and transition in America and across the pond.

“The musical and cultural land­scape was never the same after these bold and daring women planted their flags and ensured their voices were heard,” Bufford explained. “People will know all of the songs, it’s fast- past, and really upbeat. The show is a collection of music that people grew up listening to, so it will all be very recognizable.”

Bufford has proven to be quite the chameleon of musical genres, as she has dynamically dabbled in jazz and blues, country, vintage pop, and Broadway, garnering praises and attention from New York’s nightlife scene and critics with the New York Times, The Huffington Post, and even The London Times after a successful tour overseas.

Having sold out shows in both New York and London, Bufford is thrilled to perform her newest show at home in Georgia.

Accompanied by her instrumen­tal quartet, she’ll explore music made famous by Janis Joplin, Dusty Springfield, Tina Turner, Carole King, Lesley Gore, Dionne Warwick, Jeannie C. Riley, and more.

While Bufford has derived much of her style from music from the 1920s and ’30s, she expressed that those time periods “laid the ground­work for music in the ’60s and onward, which is fascinating for me to explore.”

In 2013, Bufford married Gio Molla, from Burlington, Vermont. She is a 2000 graduate of LCHS, and Buf­ford earned a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in musical theatre from Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York. Her voice teachers include the late Betty F. Campbell of Lincolnton and the late Nancy Fominaya with the Augusta State University Conserva­tory Program.

Bufford is the daughter of Kaye and Bill Bufford of Lincolnton and the granddaughter of Eva and the late Ed Burdette of Washington, Cliffy and Gwinn Ware of Evans, formerly from Tignall, and the late Buddy Buf­ford and Lilly Bufford Wells.

Tickets for the show are $25 each and may be obtained by visiting the following website: www.car­olejbufford.com/tickets.

“As a thank you to the loyal read­ers of The Lincoln Journal and The News-Reporter, I’m providing the discount code LOCALNEWS for $5 off general admission tickets bought online – all you have to do is enter the code at checkout,” Bufford said.

Likewise, Bufford’s debut CD “All By Myself” will be available for purchase after the show. “It won’t have officially released yet, but I’m having a special soft release for my hometown folks!” she said.

The Jabez Sanford Hardin Per­forming Arts Center is located at 7022 Evens Town Center Boulevard in Evans.

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