DCCA News: Grooving, soothing storytellers


Singer Annie Sellick, the best selling local artist at the Tower Records store in her hometown of Nashville, Tennessee, has performed all over the world, sincerely exuding joy and sincerity while winning legions of fans. Her husband, guitarist and harmonica player Pat Bergeson, originally moved to Nashville at the request of legendary guitarist/producer Chet Atkins, and has since performed with a long list of chart toppers including Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Lyle Lovett, and Alison Kraus. The eclectic duo will open Darke County Center for the Arts Coffeehouse Series season on Thursday, September 21 at Union City’s Arts Depot with a show that will cover much musical ground as it grooves, soothes, and tells stories, essentially appealing to fans of good music of all kinds.

Bergeson, a sought-after session and live musician and songwriter, skillfully plays jazz, country, rock, pop, and blues. In addition to touring with his wife, the busy Illinois native currently plays with Les Brers, a new band led by original Allman Brothers Band drummer Butch Trucks and including other Allman Brothers alumni.

Sellick also covers much musical ground, singing cabaret classics and jazz standards, as well as soulful originals. The singer landed her first gig after sitting in with an established jazz trio in her college town to sing the only standard she knew at the time. Her rendition of Peggy Lee’s “Fever” wowed the crowd, and the band hired her on the spot. She expanded her repertoire by repeatedly listening to recordings, then without rehearsal joining the band to sing the songs she had learned, finding a key and tempo and creating the rest on the spot—and she knew that she had found her calling.

Since that early learning experience, the energetic singer has continued to grow and hone her craft; living in Nashville provides access to some of the world’s finest musicians playing every musical genre. “I am learning from Nashville musicians of all styles; there is such a high level of musicianship here, and the support of the community is unparalleled,” she states. The result includes an ability to communicate through her music, sharing her heart as she swings and spins stories.

With their innate ability to make everyone in the audience feel that they are performing just for them, Sellick and Bergeson are a perfect fit for the intimate atmosphere of DCCA’s Coffeehouse Series where magical moments between artist and audience are common. The Arts Depot provides a comfortably charming venue with its own unique aura, adding a further appealing element to lure you to partake of this low cost high quality entertainment encounter.

Groove along with these highly talented and respected musicians who will soothe your spirit as they tell stories with their songs. Tickets for the concert by Annie Sellick and Pat Bergeson cost $10, and can be reserved by contacting DCCA at 937-547-0908 or [email protected], or purchased at DCCA’s office located within Greenville Public Library and online at www.CenterForArts.net. If any remain by showtime, tickets will also be available at the door. The show starts at 7 p.m.


By Marilyn Delk


Marilyn Delk is a director of the Darke County Center for the Arts and can be reached at [email protected]. Viewpoints expressed in the article are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.

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