Passim Monday Discovery Series
July 8th: Letitia VanSant
Aug 12th: Saffron A
The Discovery Series is a monthly event sponsored by Nine Athens Music to bring new artists into the Passim community. Through the Discovery Series, we provide a platform to connect new artists with a music-loving audience. These artists may be brand new to the club or may have performed at our campfire. festivals, but the Discovery Series features artists in a room filled with our dedicated members.
From sparse indie folk ballads to hard-hitting Americana anthems, Letitia VanSant’s distinctly intimate voice delivers songs that are both deeply personal and politically relevant. Whether performing as a duo or with her all-star four-piece band, her live shows have been described as “vibrant and approachable.”
VanSant’s songwriting has earned numerous awards, including the Kerrville New Folk Songwriting Competition, an honor shared among the likes of Lucinda Williams, Lyle Lovett, and Anais Mitchell. She is a finalist for the 2019 Baker Artist Awards and listeners of 89.7 WTMD voted one of her songs among the top 10 of the year.
Saffron A is a songwriter who sings and plays the octave mandolin and mandocello. Her compositions are challenging for the listener, her lyrics are emotionally intimate, yet she is a personable entertainer. She paints deep, dark, verbal portraits with broad strokes of wit and authenticity that belie her years.
Saffron’s sound is ever-evolving, and she doesn’t identify with a specific genre, though she has a distinct style that carries through all of her music. Her music sits where emotion and intellect intersect.