Sara Hickman performs Wednesday in Chinook

Great Falls Tribune, October 6, 2011

The Northeastern Montana Arts Network brings Sara Hickman to Chinook on Wednesday. The show at Chinook High School starts at 7 p.m.

Since 2010, Hickman has served as the Official State Musician of Texas, following in the footsteps of Willie Nelson. A recording artist since 1989, Hickman also has become a strong advocate of promoting the arts in communities small and large.

Hickman also is an artist, community activist, writer and public speaker. She has released 15 solo albums and five children’s albums.

Her latest album, “The Best of Times,” is a compilation of songs covered by 38 renowned Texas artists. Proceeds have benefited the Theatre Action Project, which brings art, music and theater to kids in Central Texas schools.

Artists participating on the album include Nelson, Marcia Ball, Shawn Colvin, Ruthie Foster, Jimmy LaFave, Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, Brave Combo and Robert Earl Keen.

Hickman graduated with a bachelor degree in fine arts from the University of North Texas before recording her first album, “Equal Scary People.”

The album received critical success and landed her a record deal with Elektra Records. She began touring the country and was featured on VH1 and the “Tonight Show.”

Throughout her career she has toured with Billy Bragg, Nanci Griffith and Dan Fogelberg. She also has opened for everyone from Lucinda Williams to John Hiatt to the Decemberists.

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