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Welcome to the Big Front Porch…where there’s room enough for everybody!

This is the official website for singer/songwriter Tricia Walker and Big Front Porch Productions.

Big Front Porch Productions is a production company based in the Mississippi Delta, offering unique musical and edutainment opportunities in the areas of live performance, audio and visual recordings, songwriting workshops, and artist residencies. Our mission is to present musical works and opportunities for learning that both entertain and enrich audiences while challenging them to examine their own lives and “tell their own story.” We purpose for our work to have integrity by creating our products with honesty, thoughtfulness, and courage, presenting the truth with love.

About BFP

The concept for Big Front Porch Productions was born over 20 years ago after I read an article entitled, “Porch Sitting As A Creative Southern Tradition,” written by Trudier Harris and published in the Journal of Southern Cultures in 1996. The article, an enlightening examination of the personal and societal role of the front porch in Southern culture, reminded me how important it is, particularly in this day and age, to have a place where civility, conversation, and community can be encouraged to take place at a more leisurely pace than our frantic world often demands. The physical porch, having nearly disappeared with the advent of air conditioning and television, seems to be making a comeback in today’s southern house plans, and I believe that’s a good thing.
–Tricia Walker


“I like to think, though…and I admit that this is pure unadulterated romanticism…that there are pockets of communities in the South where porch-sitting has survived whole, as Alice Walker would say. Where during the day as well as in the evening, people can engage themselves and their neighbors in the exchanges that reflect a way of life, a relational way of being, one that ties people to their families and their neighbors as well as to passersby. Where to ‘sit according to your family’ is as much a cultural and creative imperative as a behavioral one. Where interaction is the norm.”
–Trudier Harris


“Where during the day as well as in the evening, people can engage themselves and their neighbors in the exchanges that reflect a way of life, a relational way of being, one that ties people to their families and their neighbors as well as to passersby.”

“More important, perhaps, than the glimpse, figurative or literal, inside the house is the window the porch provides on the world.”

Porch Sitting As A Creative Southern Tradition. Southern Cultures Volume 2, Number 3/4, pp. 441-460.)

Tricia Walker

Tricia Walker is a singer and songwriter whose songs are steeped in the passion, pain and grace of the American South. Born and raised in Mississippi, Tricia has become one of the clearest voices of her own time and place. Her music has been recorded by Faith Hill, Patty Loveless and Alison Krauss, whose performance of Tricia’s Looking in the Eyes of Love earned a Grammy. A recording artist herself, Tricia’s CD, The Heart of Dixie, thoughtfully captures the songwriter’s view of the South with well-placed lyrics and music reflecting her folk, R & B and storytelling influences.

“Culture is a precious, living thing,” Tricia says. “It has to be nurtured if it’s going to survive. Any artist or creative thinker has a responsibility to help chronicle his or her own time, place and people. That’s the surest way to keep a culture from disappearing.”

Before moving to Nashville in the 1980s, Tricia earned a bachelor’s degree in music education from Delta State University. While working on a master’s degree, she performed at clubs and festivals in Mississippi and Louisiana. She won American Song Festival and Mississippi Song Festival awards and moved to Music City to sign with giant gospel music publisher Word, Inc. As her songs were recorded on GRAMMY® nominated discs by Kathy Troccoli, Debby Boone, and The Imperials, her reputation as a songwriter spread. Well-respected producer Jerry Kennedy signed Tricia to his Polygram Group stable of writers, further solidifying her credibility.

Tricia’s instrumental skills earned her a spot backing Grand Ole Opry star Connie Smith, with whom she played for six years. She also toured extensively with Shania Twain and Paul Overstreet as a keyboard player and vocalist. Along with Pam Tillis, Karen Staley and Ashley Cleveland, Tricia was a founding member of “Women in the Round,” one of the most celebrated foursomes at Nashville’s prestigious Bluebird Café.

She has performed at the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Tin Pan South Songwriting Festival in Nashville, was a New Folk Winner at the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas and featured at Austin’s South by Southwest Music Festival. Additional musical highlights included singing at Robert Redford’s Christmas Cantata at his Sundance Resort as well as a choreographed work for the Nashville Ballet entitled “All the Way Home,” co-written by Tricia and Kate Campbell.

Tricia returned to her native Mississippi in 2006 to become director of the Delta Music Institute, an entertainment industry studies program at her alma mater, Delta State University.

Tricia Walker offers an entertaining slice of her places and times, delivered with a beautiful voice, strong musicianship and the ease of a veteran entertainer. Southern style never had it so good.

Schedule

May 8: Calgary, AB Canada           Songwriting Workshop

June 11: Jackson, MS                        Whole Schools Initiative

June 14: Grand Rapids, MI              Faith Hospice Concert

June 15: Traverse City, MI               Benefit Concert

July 27: Cleveland, MS                      Keynote for MS Writer’s Guild

August 2: Hattiesburg, MS            Backdoor Coffeehouse

August 3: Brookhaven, MS           Overbrook Songwriter Festival

December 9: Nashville, TN           Evening in December

Blog

Hello, friends!

Hello, friends! It’s been awhile since I’ve have any extended time to sit on the Big Front Porch and gather up some news to share with you all, but I’m happy to say that the time has finally come to catch up! The Big Front Porch website has been undergoing an extensive ‘renovation’ via the …

It’s Time…

Dear friends and gentle hearts, it’s time again to sing the old familiar carols, feast with loved ones around a common table, and scratch our heads in awe and wonder at the craziness of Emmanuel, God coming to earth to be with us and to show us how to live. I love the contemporary translation …

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