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Singer and songwriter Lucy Wainwright Roche connects with the Deer Valley audience during her set that opened for Rickie Lee Jones last year. Roche is looking forward to playing some new songs when she opens for Jewel on Saturday, Aug. 24. (Nan Chalat Noaker/Park Record)
Last year, folk and Americana singer and songwriter Lucy Wainwright Roche opened for Rickie Lee Jones for a St. Regis Big Stars, Bright Nights concert at Deer Valley's Snow Park Amphitheater.

But it wasn't the first time she's played in town.

The first time Roche performed here was in 2009, when she opened for Madeleine Peyroux. The second time came later that year when she accompanied her father — Loudon Wainwright III — and her brother Rufus Wainwright at the Eccles Center on New Year's Eve in 2009.

"I love coming to play there and love the people who run those shows, especially Teri (Orr), who brings me back," Wainwright said during a telephone interview with The Park Record from her home in New York. "So, I'm looking forward to coming to Park City. It's my favorite place this time of the year.

"I do know, with my experience with the Park City crowd, is that everyone is incredibly supportive, kind and loves music," she said. "So it's a great place to play."

Roche will open for Jewel on Saturday, Aug. 24, at the Snow Park Amphitheater. The music will begin at 7 p.m.

This time around, the singer and songwriter will perform a handful of new songs that will be featured on her upcoming solo record, "Last Time for Everything," that will be released on Oct. 15.

She will also perform some other songs from an album called "Fairytale and Myth," which she recorded with her mom, Suzzy Roche.


"The songs for my 'Last Time for Everything' were recorded just after I was out in Park City last year," Roche said. "I didn't have anything for you then, but I think I'll have copies of the new CD at Saturday's show just for you guys."

The release was originally supposed to be a four- or five-song extended play.

"I worked with a friend of mine, Jordan Hamlin, who is a producer in Nashville, and we started to work on the songs," Roche said. "We recorded the bulk of the record and I wrote a bunch of new songs, and it turned into a full-length CD."

The release features 11 tracks.

"Ten are original and one is a cover of a dance song by Robyn called 'Call Your Girlfriend,'" Roche said. "It's not my normal sort of song, but I love it and think it's a very interesting song and odd in a way."

Once the album was finished, Roche had to figure out how to raise money for publicity and distribution, which opened the door for "Fairytale and Myth."

"I was fundraising for my solo album and my mom had an idea to do a few songs with her to make a record to sell as a fundraiser," Roche said.

While the two pondered the idea, their friend, producer Rob Morsberger, was diagnosed with brain cancer.

"Rob wanted to spent the rest of the time he had to live making music, so he and my mom put down some versions of songs that she and I thought we'd do for the fundraising CD," Roche said. "Then that project took on a life of its own."

Mother, daughter and Morsberger ended up recording a whole album with Morsberger doing the arrangements and playing piano on the record.

"We selected the songs together," Roche said. "My mom wrote some. We chose some covers, and then Rob wrote a song called 'Everyone Wants to Be Loved,' which has a line about fairytales and myths. So that's where the album's title came from."

Morsberger passed away in June, a few days before the CD was released.

"This was one of the last projects he did," Roche said. "Even though it was sad for us, we had a lot of fun making it with him and he did a great job on it."

In addition to that album, Roche and her mother have been playing intimate house concerts to raise more funds.

"We raised enough money and it's about time for 'There's a Last Time for Everything' to come out," Roche said.

The Park City Performing Arts Foundation will present Jewel and Lucy Wainwright Roche at the St. Regis Big Stars, Bright Nights concert at Deer Valley's Snow Park Amphitheater on Saturday, Aug. 24, at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $40 and can be purchased by calling (435) 655-3114 or visiting .