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RISING STAR
CATCH SINGER AND SONGWRITER LYNN MILES ON HER WAY TO THE TOP

WHO: Lynn Miles

WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: Unitarian Universalist Church, Elmwood Avenue at West Ferry Street

ADMISSION: $10-$12

INFO: 838-5650

Lynn Miles, who records for Rounder Records, grew up in Sweetsburg, Quebec. As a child, she played violin, flute and piano and studied classical vocal techniques. At 10, though, she discovered the California sound of the '70s - Linda Ronstadt, Jackson Browne, the Eagles, etc. She began writing songs, and she never looked back.

By 20, Miles had gone professional, and had embraced the life of an itinerant musician. She trekked across the United States, Canada and Europe, playing in coffeehouses. Her songs reflected her lonely, nomadic life.

A major break came with her first album, "Slightly Haunted." Praised by Billboard magazine and the New York Times, the album led to a video, to the song "I Always Told You The Truth." Miles' next album, "Night In A Strange Town," was produced by Larry Klein, who had produced Joni Mitchell's Grammy-winning "Turbulent Indigo."

High praise for Miles came recently from the Washington Post. "She sang half a dozen original songs, and every one boasted a glorious pop melody that rose and fell over surprising chord changes," wrote the Post critic, who called her "the revelation of the evening."

Buffalo audiences will have the chance to catch what appears to be a rapidly rising star when Miles performs at 8 p.m. Saturday in Unitarian Universalist Church. Her appearance is sponsored by the tireless Buffalo Friends of Folk.

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