Lincolnton-reared singer returns for ‘60s rock ladies show in Evans

Cabaret-style singer Carole J. Bufford, who grew up in Lincolnton, Ga., is bringing her show, You Don’t Own Me: The Fearless Females of the 1960s, to the Jabez S. Hardin Performing Arts Theater in Evans at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12. SPECIAL

Sultry cabaret-style singer Carole J. Bufford, who grew up in Lincolnton, Ga., is bringing her one-woman show to the Jabez S. Hardin performing arts theater inside the main library in Evans, Ga., for the third consecutive year.


Her show this year, You Don’t Own Me: The Fearless Females of the 1960s, will be staged at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12.

Tickets are $30 and can be bought at the door or reserved through the website

Besides the title song made a hit single by Lesley Gore in 1963, Bufford in recent performances of the show offers such classic rock standards as Shirley Bassey’s Goldfinger, Nancy Sinatra’s These Boots Are Made for Walkin’, The Exciters’ Tell Him, Jeannie C. Riley’s Harper Valley P.T.A., Dusty Springfield’s I Only Want To Be With You and Cher’s Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down).

Accompanying Bufford will be pianist David Brown, guitarist Peter Calo, bass guitarist Paul Shewchuck and drummer/percussionist Zach Coleman.

She’s also bringing her brand new CD, All By Myself, to autograph after the show.

“I FINALLY made my first CD,” she said. “It’s an eclectic mix of 1920s hot jazz, blues, standards and a little country.”

Bufford spent the early part of the summer performing the new show in Milan, Italy, and London. Her show in early July at the popular cabaret nightclub Feinstein’s/54 Below in New York City elicited a review from Marilyn Lester writing for the website

Lester observed, “Bufford is one of those high-energy performers who takes to the stage with 100 percent commitment to and possession of it. She sings, moves, and radiates power and command of her material with ease.”

Bufford graduated as valedictorian of the Lincoln County High School class of 2000. She attended Ithaca (N.Y.) College, graduating in 2004 with a bachelor’s degree in musical theatre.

For the past eight years, she has been attracting celebrity audience members and glowing reviews in The New York Times and Wall Street Journal.



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