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Sarah Louise brings her style of folk music to Hudson

Sarah Louise (Norvold) Richards will be performing in Lakefront Park, Tuesday July 31.

While Sarah Louise (Norvold) Richards hasn't lived in Hudson since she was nine, she still thinks of it as home.

"I have lots of extended family on my dad's side in the area," said Sarah in a recent telephone interview.

"I grew up singing in church choirs, performing in school musicals and graduated from UW-EauClaire with a degree in music education," said Sarah. After teaching elementary music for two years in Connecticut, she knew she wanted to move to Nashville and pursue a music career.

In 2007 she made the move, giving up her teaching to start writing music and playing the guitar.

"I work entirely by myself," said Sarah, who books her own engagements, recordings and who until recently held down three jobs. "I recently was able to quit my restaurant job." She maintains a job as a nanny to three young boys and her music career.

This is her second summer tour, which works because the boys are out of school.

"I plan the bulk of my travel to coordinate with the family," said Sarah, whose newest single, "Wishing Well" was just released in May to iTunes.

"It is a lot of hard work and stress but it is worth it when people in different cities respond," said Sarah. "Last night I was in St. Louis and a couple guys came up and said they had checked out my music and wanted to hear me. It was really awesome." A review of her album showed up on Google as well.

"I love coming to Wisconsin or Connecticut to play," said Sarah of the two places she grew up. "I feel really lucky to be doing what I do." She describes her music as folk/Americana.

"Musical styles are tricky to identify because there are a lot of influences," said Sarah. "Mine is more in a story telling format. A lot kids like my music."

She can catch Sarah Louise (Norvold) Richards in the City of Hudson Concert in the Parks Series on next Tuesday, July 31.

Richards has partnered with the Soles4Souls program on this charitable concert series which includes stops in St. Louis, Madison, Chicago, Eau Claire, Chippewa Falls and Hudson.

So if you are inclined bring a pair or two of shoes down to the Lakefront Park you may enjoy Sarah's music, give your shoes a new home and someone a pair of shoes to wear. She is also performing at the Fine Line Music Theatre in Minneapolis on August 1.

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