Author Talks take place in the Matthews Fireplace Room every Tuesday at 12:30.
Join us on Tuesday, February 15 at 12:30 pm for our next makeSPACE at the Matthews Author Talk with Eliza Blue. When Eliza Blue first moved to northwestern South Dakota, she didn’t plan on staying long. After all, the singer/songwriter had spent most of her adulthood hopping from place to place. But then she fell in love with a Perkins County rancher — and the land, the wind, the livestock and the giant blue expanse of a West River sky. In her book Accidental Rancher, Blue shares a collection of these writings, bringing a new voice and a musician’s grace to the culture of rural America.
We will also be broadcasting Author Talks on ZOOM for those who prefer attending virtually.
Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3793973264?pwd=MTIvWkl3cWxCMjBzR0g0T2REbmNsZz09
Meeting ID: 379 397 3264
About the Author
Eliza Blue is a shepherd, folk musician, and writer residing in western South Dakota. She writes a weekly column, Little Pasture on the Prairie, that is carried by 17 different print publications, writes and produces audio “postcards” from her ranch for South Dakota Public Broadcasting and Prairie Public Radio, and just released her first book, Accidental Rancher. Her writing has also been featured in The Guardian and the New York Times, and she is regular columnist for The Daily Yonder, a national publication for and about rural people. Blue’s latest project, an Midwest-Emmy nominated traveling concert series called Wish You Were Here is in its second season on PBS. She also has a weekly show, ‘Live from the Home Farm,’ that broadcasts on social media every Saturday night from her ranch.
In her 15 years as a touring musician, she’s had the opportunity to collaborate with Billy Talbot of the band Crazy Horse, Chuck Suchy, Charlie Parr, and Jami Lynn just to name a few. Other highlights include performances at SXSW, Red Ants Pants, CMJ, and Sioux River Folk Fest and she had a song featured last year on NPR‘s prestigious All Songs Considered’s blog.
After spending years on the road full-time, Blue now lives and works on a cattle and sheep ranch with her husband and their two children.