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The Quincy Pickers, from left, Greg Willis, Lilah Washburn and Jennifer Kimball with guests will appear at Quincy Words & Music at Patti’s Thunder Café, 557 Lawrence St., on Thursday, Feb. 13, to celebrate the CD release of “Lilah Washburn and the Quincy Pickers.” Photo submitted

Words & Music offers Valentine edition

The Valentine edition of Quincy Words & Music on Thursday, Feb. 13, at Patti’s Thunder Café will celebrate the release of a CD by a homegrown musical talent Lilah Washburn and her supporting musicians calling themselves the Quincy Pickers.

Washburn and the Quincy Pickers are an acoustic bluegrass band formed in 2018. The first few gigs were performed with Lilah’s music teachers backing her and since has evolved to include a variety of local musicians. The core group consists of Washburn on mandolin, Greg Willis on guitar, and Jennifer Kimball on bass.

Their audience is always treated to a lively set of traditional tunes, original pieces and the occasional ragtime.

At the age of 4, Washburn began learning music with the support and encouragement of her family and began taking music lessons when she was 7. She plays many instruments, but mandolin is her favorite.

Washburn has performed with several local bands at a variety of venues including Words and Music, Farmer’s Market, Sparkle, Plumas/Sierra County Fair and the Plumas Homegrown Americana Festival.

Now 13, Lilah is releasing her album “Lilah Washburn and the Quincy Pickers,” with the official release at this month’s Quincy Words and Music.

Guest artists on the album and at the show include Kelsey Kepple, violin; Ken Cawley, lap steel; Leslie Mink, fiddle; Chris Retallack, banjo; Collette Rhoads, voice; Jennifer Kimball, bass; and Greg Willis, guitar. CDs will be for sale at the show and are available at cdbaby.com.

Quincy Words & Music is a Plumas Arts program that started in 1989 at Morning Thunder Café with a grant from the California Arts Council. In addition to the featured artist, an open mic opportunity is offered to performers — novice and experienced — who bring unplugged acoustic performances of music and presentations of the spoken word.

Beverages are available for sale. Sign up at the door before 7 p.m. for an open mic spot. Admission costs $3.

For more information about this or any of the many programs sponsored by Plumas Arts, call 283-3402 or visit www.plumasarts.org.

Doors open at 6:45 p.m., with the featured artist starting at 7 p.m. The show concludes at 9 p.m.

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