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Nora Jane Struthers Finds Home in ‘Bright Lights, Long Drives, First Words’

By Jaci Jedrych

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Country music singer Nora Jane Struthers will appear in the DMV this week, playing songs off her 2020 album Bright Lights, Long Drives, First Words at City Winery on November 18.

Struthers, a Fairfax-born and Nashville-based artist, wrote Bright Lights, Long Drives, First Words as she was pregnant with her first child, making performances just a little difficult. She used the album as a way of celebrating the little things in her life, and the firsts that she was seeing every day.

One song, “Nice To Be Back Home,” finds joy in being surrounded by the familiar. “I wrote the song about balancing life on the road and life at home, but I think most people can relate,” Struthers says, “Even at the end of the most wonderful vacation, it’s nice to come back home. Hopefully, the everyday is the actual dream.”

Behind Struthers is her band, The Party Line. Drew Lawhorn, from Salem, VA; Joe Overton, who lived in Charlottesville before joining the band; Brian Duncan Miller, a German-born nomad; and Richmond-born and Maryland-raised Josh Vana support her sound.

Struthers’ music is personal, open, and inviting. Fans of Uncle Earl or Red Molly would feel at home listening to her music.

Nora Jane Struthers has written “some of the most quietly powerful narratives within the new wave of Americana artists,” says Ann Powers of NPR Music. Go and experience for yourself at her November 18 gig in D.C. Get tickets here. 

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Jaci Jedrych

Jaci Jedrych is a World Politics student at The Catholic University in Washington, D.C. She loves going to concerts and exploring different genres, and has a passion for arts and news writing.

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