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Terry and Jo Allen to Headline SOMOS Storytelling Festival

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Taos literary organization Society of the Muse of the Southwest, or SOMOS, is proud to announce that singer-songwriter and artist Terry Allen and actor/writer Jo Harvey Allen will headline the 14th Annual SOMOS Storytelling Festival which will take place son Oct. 4 and 5 at Taos Center for the Arts.

In “The Bleeding Wall of Taos,” Terry and Jo Harvey Allen will draw upon their vast well of songs and stories to create a unique evening of music, poetry and tall tales of love, blood, mystery and adventure specifically for the SOMOS Storytelling Festival on Oct. 5.

Terry Allen, master storyteller and acclaimed visual artist, has been racking up accolades for his new album release, “Bottom of the World.”  Called “a master lyricist” by the New York Times, Allen delves deep beneath the surface of a song, extracting truths that most of us miss.  Iconic artist Dave Alvin said of Allen, “like Hank Williams or Robert Johnson, Terry is capable of making you believe every word he sings.”  A member of the “Lubbock Mafia” which includes Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, and Butch Hancock, Allen has recorded 13 albums of original songs.  His songs have been recorded by such diverse artists as David Byrne, Guy Clark, Bobby Bare, Little Feat, Robert Earl Keen, Ricky Nelson, Cracker and Lucinda Williams.  His visual works have been exhibited throughout the U.S. and internationally. Critic Dave Hickey calls Allen “a true Renaissance man…renowned for his effortless command and outrageous combination of disparate genres and media, according to the task at hand.”

Terry’s wife, Jo Harvey Allen, is best known for her film roles and critically acclaimed one-woman shows. She has been called “a storyteller in the ‘best Texas tradition’” by the LA Reader, and has elicited comparisons with Flannery O’Connor according to the New York Times.  Art in America calls “Counter Angel,” written and performed by Allen, “a work of art!”  Allen co-starred in the movie, Fried Green Tomatoes along with David Byrne’s cult classic, “True Stories” and most recently as “Moma” in independent film “Why is the Dog Howling Moma?” She also appears in the new Tommy Lee Jones film “The Homesman.”  Allen’s most recent theater work, Covenant, was co-written and performed with Terry Allen.

New this year on Oct. 4, SOMOS is featuring a competitive Story Slam where New Mexico’s aspiring storytellers will join an evening of storytelling for cash and prizes. Using a “song” theme, stories must be under seven minutes long and told without the use of notes. Stories will be judged by a jury, and an “Audience Favorite” award will be given. Also on Oct. 4, Broadway star Tenney Walsh will lead a series of “Songwriter as Storyteller” workshops for schoolchildren in Taos-area schools.

Tickets are $10 for the Story Slam; $20 for the Terry and Jo Harvey Allen performance; and $45 for a special VIP event on Saturday, Oct. 5 which includes admission to performance.  Tickets are available at the Taos Center for the Arts or at SOMOS at somos@somostaos.org. Please call 575-758-0081 for more information.