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Grammy nominee Linda Chorney making Tucson debut
Cathalena E. Burch Arizona Daily Star
Saturday, May 4, 2013 12:07 pm

Grammy nominee and Tucson transplant by way of New Jersey makes her debut here at Sunday's Folk Festival. - Photo by Shelley Welander

Grammy nominee Linda Chorney will perform her first Tucson concert since becoming a full-time Arizona resident late last year.

 Chorney will be on the lineup at the 28th Annual Tucson Folk Festival, which kicked off today and runs through Sunday. Today's headliner Dave Bromberg is on stage at 9 p.m. Click here for the full schedule.

She is on the Plaza stage — the festival's main stage in El Presidio Park — at 4 p.m. Sunday, joining a lineup that includes Nancy McCallion & Her Wee Band featuring Grams & Krieger and the night's headliners, Stefan George with Lavinia White & Friends.

Technically, Chorney made her Tucson debut Friday before a class of fifth-graders at Sunrise Drive Elementary School, where she also taught the kids how to write songs.

"We sang the National Anthem together, and sent well wishes to Boston," Chorney said of the experience. "They were great kids."

Chorney comes to the festival fresh from publishing her first memoir, which recounts her controversial 2012 Grammy nomination. Chorney was nominated for Best Americana Album after befriending people on Grammy's social networking site and inviting them to listen to her album. She was able to get enough nominations from people who liked the album well enough to throw in in the mix of the year's best.

Chorney recounts the backlash she experienced in the book "Who the F*%& is Linda Chorney?" It is available locally at Alphagraphics on Oracle and Ina roads and Grant and Swan. You can also purchase on line at her website

For the past several years, Chorney had split her time between Tucson and Sea Bright, N.J. She moved full-time to Tucson after her home in Sea Bright was devastated in last year's superstorm Sandy.

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