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Even Church Girls Get The Blues

a picture of someone signing a picture of the band
courtesy of Gracie Curran

Gracie Curran grew up in the church. Her mom was the church choir director and most of the music in their house was gospel. While her friends enjoyed pop sensations like Britney Spears, Curran says she never really connected to popular music until she heard Etta James. James’s voice and lyrics spoke to her.

Perhaps that is why blues journalists have compared Curran to greats like Etta and Aretha. Success was rather unexpected for Curran. Like many aspiring singers, she had a day job and sang on the weekends. Curran never thought it would evolve further. After teaming up with bassist Geoff Murfitt and recording their first record, fate had a different plan for Gracie Curran and what would become the High Falutin’ Band. Their album “Proof of Love” caught the attention of the blues community earning them a nomination for Best New Artist at the 2014 Blues Music Awards and 2014 Blues Artist of the Year at the Boston Music Awards. The band is currently on a tour of the East Coast and will be performing tonight at 9 p.m. at the Blue Note Grill in Durham. Gracie Curran and the High Falutin’ Band join guest host Anita Rao live in the State of Things studio.

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Dana is an award-winning producer who began as a personality at Rock 92. Once she started creating content for morning shows, she developed a love for producing. Dana has written and produced for local and syndicated commercial radio for over a decade. WUNC is her debut into public radio and she’s excited to tell deeper, richer stories.
Anita Rao is an award-winning journalist and the host and creator of "Embodied," a weekly radio show and podcast about sex, relationships & health. She's also the managing editor of WUNC's on-demand content.
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