50 South Dakota Artists to Watch

50 Artists to Watch is a special project we’re embarking on in celebration of our 50th anniversary at the South Dakota Arts Council. This series of short artist features is intended to share the work of South Dakota artists on a wide platform. It is not intended as a list of top or best artists. It is not presented in any particular order. Featured artists are being selected from nominations sent to us. You can nominate an artist by emailing sdac@state.sd.us. We can’t include them all, but we’ll keep all nominations on a list for future features and blogs.

  Jami Lynn



While she currently calls Spearfish home, folk and Jazz singer/songwriter Jami Lynn originally hails from Corona, South Dakota. As it happens, both of her solo albums carry strong themes of South Dakota landscapes-one in the past and one in the present. Music from her first album, Sodbusters, was not only featured in The Smithsonian’s Shared Harmonies Project, but also caught the attention of international critics in France and the Netherlands. Her latest effort, Fall is a Good Time to Die was mixed and edited by Eddie Faris of Rick Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder. The collaborative album with Sioux Falls bassist Andrew Reinartz and dobro player Dalton Coffey hung out on the American Roots Music charts for nearly a year, topping out at #22.

If not on the stage, Jami Lynn brings her folk music into elementary schools and healthcare systems through the South Dakota State Arts Council’s
Artists in Schools and Communities program. This year, she’ll spend time at Sanford Cancer Center as a Sanford Arts Artist in Sioux Falls, and Canyon Hills Center in Spearfish. New collaborations are also on the horizon for Jami this year, as she teams up with fellow singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Eliza Blue as folk duo The Nesters. You can catch The Nesters opening for the Lowest Pair at The Seed Theatre in Rapid City on July 30, a solo show at the Courthouse Museum in Sioux Falls at noon on Aug. 26, or Jami in concert with her trio (add Andrew Reinartz and Dalton Coffey) at Calvary Episcopal Church in Sioux Falls on Saturday, Sept. 17 at 7 pm. You can keep up with her show schedule on her facebook.

Learn more about Jami Lynn by visiting our Blog.

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