“I grew up in the south, in Memphis, Tenn., singing gospel tunes with my family,” she says. “When I was just a kid I became interested in the musical history of my city, and that soon developed into an all-encompassing love of traditional folk and blues music and rock and roll. Once I picked up the guitar in college, I never looked back.”
At age 21, Callicott moved to the music mecca of Telluride. She became friends with a group of musicians who later became known as the String Cheese Incident, and she wrote some lyrics for the popular jam-band, including the songs “Cottonmouth,” “Cedar” and “Desert Dawn.”
In 2002 Callicott returned to the East Coast to work as a rock-climbing instructor for Outward Bound and to focus on her music. “I spent the winter in a cabin in the woods in Green Cove, N.C., writing songs, studying guitar and practicing singing,” she explains. “It was a real turning point in my career as a performer.
“Performing allows me to express my love of music, while at the same time spreading some important messages,” Callicott says. “I’ve been an activist on the local and regional front for peace, human rights and the environment for my whole life. I believe that music and art, not to mention a good story, can transform people. I hope that my songs can contribute to those transformations.
“At the same time, I just want to keep the ball rolling with some quality tunes and a positive vibe," she continues.
Callicott plays everything from Pink Floyd and Janis Joplin to Johnny Cash and Gillian Welch.
Catch Callicott this Sunday night, May 31, from 7-9 p.m. at the Independence Café, 555 Clinton Street in Ridgway, and again on Wednesday, June 3, at the Camp Robber Restaurant, 1515 Ogden Road in Montrose, 6-8 p.m.