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      January 24, 2019

      Thursday   8:00 PM

      510 Embarcadero West
      Oakland, California 94607

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      Rita Coolidge


      After ten years during which she bore witness to some of her lifes greatest joys and deepest sorrowsand the publication of her acclaimed 2015 memoir, Delta LadyRita Coolidge is back with Safe in the Arms of Time, her 18th solo album and a reaffirmation of her indomitable spirit and unquenchable creative thirst.Safe in the Arms of Time marks Ritas triumphant return to the songwriting that gave the world her shimmering (and still uncredited) piano coda to Derek & the Dominoes Layla. Three of the albums 12 songs were co-written by Rita and draw inspiration from her personal journey.Her enthusiasm for sharing her life stories was infectious. Rita, former Tom Petty drummer Stan Lynch and Joe Hutto composed You Can Fall in Love, about reconnecting with an old flame, minutes after meeting as all were swept up in an irresistible creative current the song was done and demoed in five hours, marvels Rita.Safe in the Arms of Time is colored by Ritas pivotal role in the Los Angeles singer-songwriter scene of the 1970s, where she made her bones as a top backup singerthats Rita on the refrains of Stephen Stillss Love the One Youre With and Eric Claptons After Midnightbefore embarking on a platinum-selling solo career.Rita and producer Ross Hogarth gathered an all-star lineup of the eras top musiciansguitarist Dave Grissom, bassist Bob Glaub, John J.T. Thomas on keyboards and drummer Brian Macleodat L.A.s Sunset Sound, the famed recording studio where Rita recorded her first solo albums.Rita traveled to Nashville and the studio of Keb Mo to write, with singer-songwriter Jill Colucci, two of the albums most intimate songs, Walking on Water and Naked All Night. Duetting with the Grammy-winning bluesman on Walking on Water was a thrill for Rita, I literally have every Keb Mo CDIve been a fan for decades, she says.Safe in the Arms of Time reunited Rita with Graham Nash, her romantic and creative confidant during Nashs Crosby, Stills & Nash days and one of Ritas most cherished and enduring friendships. Nash and the journeyman L.A. session drummer Russ Kunkel had written Doing Fine Without You and offered it to Rita. That was one of the first songs we chose. Russell and Graham had written that and thought of me, and I said, I dont know when Im doing a record, can I put this on hold? Two years later, the song is among the albums standouts.Safe in the Arms of Times songs are the first new music Rita has recorded since the tragic death in 2015 of her beloved sister, Priscilla, a recording artist and member of Walela, the Native American trio she and Rita founded with Priscillas daughter, Laura Satterfield. The recording of the album also coincided with Ritas relocation from Southern California, her home since the 1970s, to a new life in Tallahassee, where in the 1960s, as an art major at Florida State University, she discovered her true calling as a musicianand never looked back.In her subsequent career comprising five decades and millions of record sales, Rita captivated audiences with her signature hits Were All Alone, The Way You Do the Things You Do, All Time High and (Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher and Higher. And in a remarkable eight-year romantic and artistic marriage for the ages, she and former husband Kris Kristofferson earned multiple Grammy Awards.Now, with Safe in the Arms of Time, Ritas odyssey from the hills of rural Tennessee to the recording studios of Los Angeles and concert stages around the world has come full circle. As Rita recalled in Delta Lady,

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