Roberta Chevrette
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Roberta Chevrette

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The best kept secret in music

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Discography

Miss America (2005)
Woman Mother Earth Sky (2004)
Can You Hear This? (2003)

radio play/appearances on KVMR, Nevada City, CA; KDVS, Davis, CA; KPFT, Houston, TX; KTAO, Taos, NM; KUNM, Albuquerque, NM; Radio Crystal Blue; Nette Radio; Mr. Jungle; LuVER; The Playground

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Bio

"Powerful, Fiercely independent, Sultry and Intelligent..." are a few of the words that have been used to describe singer-songwriter, Roberta Chevrette, a new face on the Sacramento music scene and the national folk circuit. Like many artists these days, Roberta has been building a career outside of the homogeneity of the mainstream, and with a relentless playing schedule, high-energy performances and her direct personal-political-feminist informed lyrics, she has been playing to growing audiences in California and across the country. Also helping Roberta to
carve her own path are her distinctive guitar work and a voice that one writer describes as "stunning," saying, "It's clean and clear, and it provides the perfect vehicle to carry her thoughtful lyrics across the landscape created by her melodies." So it is that armed with just her acoustic guitar and her naivete (along with the help of online stores like CD Baby), Roberta's homegrown demo cd, Can You Hear This? (2003), managed to draw attention as far away as Belgium and Germany, and her full-length studio debut,
Woman Mother Earth Sky (2004), led to tours and radio appearances across the US. With her sophomore cd, Miss America, slated for release on March 19th, 2005, this driven and talented 23 year-old has certainly been keeping busy.

Describing the new cd as “fast, fierce, feminist folk” Roberta continues to develop a sound that falls somewhere between the woman-on-her-own style of influential artists like Ani DiFranco and that of a rowdy boot-stompin’ (albeit untraditional) string band. But what really shines through the most are her energetic live performances, and with her colorful presence and outspoken exuberance, she has drawn comparisons to the aforementioned DiFranco, as well as guitarist Leo Kottke and beat poet Allen Ginsberg.

In the past two years Roberta has shared the stage with Sacramento’s rising star, Jackie Greene as well as numerous other local and touring performers; she has performed at folk festivals alongside seasoned veterans such as Utah Phillips and newcomers like Noe Venable; and she has toured near and far, receiving press and airplay while criss-crossing the country. She is a performing member of Indiegrrl and a dedicated activist for feminist/queer/progressive causes, interrupting the stream of coffeehouses, bars and acoustic music venues and festivals to play for diverse causes, from Seattle’s Bend-it! Queer Youth Arts Festival to benefits for the West Coast Feminist Health Alliance, NOW (National Organization of Women), the Green Party, Sacramento Peace Action and many others.

She can be found playing shows solo or accompanied by one or both members of her acoustic band, The Roberta Chevrette Trio, featuring Ken Burnett on mandolin and harmonies and John Bellizia on banjo and percussion.