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Bonner Black at Acoustic

Johnson City Press • Updated Sep 28, 2017 at 2:30 PM

Indie/Americana singer-songwriter Bonner Black is “on a mission” to play “every coffee house, brewery and winery” throughout the Southeast, an online article enthusiastically asserts.

That includes an hour set Friday night at The Acoustic Coffeehouse, 415 W. Walnut St. beginning at 8.

When asked about her mission she replies, “The reason I’m targeting these venues is purely for the authenticity and intimacy.”

Black moved to Nashville in 2013 to pursue her dream of being a songwriter. After stints at The Blue Bird Café, The Listening Room and 12th & Porter, she joined with Katie Mae Smith to form a southern rock duo in 2014, performing in the Southeast region and opening for musicians such as The Band Perry.

In 2016 she was awarded the Artist Entrepreneur award after going solo again.

Deviating from traditional venues such as bars or clubs, she says, “I’m a songwriter first and foremost and my music is very lyrically driven. I love to feel like I can talk to and create a real relationship with an audience. I’ve had some of the best gigs of my life at coffee houses.”

She released her first single, “Someone New,” in June on iTunes and Spotify and her second single, “Sell Me On California” on Sept. 18.

Of the singles, Bonner says, “I wrote both of these songs by myself. I’m enjoying playing venues that allow me to be the original artist I truly am and I hope I will stay busy playing them!”

The show is free; tips are accepted to cover musicians’ expenses.

For information, call 423-434-9872 or visit www.acousticcoffeehouse.net.

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