Emily Scott Robinson: Back Door Coffeehouse welcomes N.C. storyteller


Named one of “10 New Country and Americana Artists to Watch” in 2019 by Rolling Stone magazine, Emily Scott Robinson makes her first visit to Mississippi on Friday, April 5, when she performs at the Back Door Coffeehouse at University Baptist Church in Hattiesburg.

The Coffeehouse, which is located at 3200 Arlington Loop, starts performances at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m., and admission is donation-only. A $15 donation is recommended, $5 for students and all donations are appreciated.

Robinson has been touring for the past three years in an RV with her Bulgarian husband, Rouslan. Her second album, “Traveling Mercies,” came out Feb. 22, and the Rolling Stone review made an impact on her concerts.

“It was so exciting, absolutely a dream come true,” she said recently from her hometown of Greensboro, N.C. “It is helping a lot. More people are coming out to my shows. I am able to book more shows and better shows. It’s really translating on the road.”

Inspired by the early influences of James Taylor and Joni Mitchell, Robinson added storytellers like John Prine, Gillian Welch and Nanci Griffith when she began songwriting.

“I feel like there is no end to the songs I could write because there are so many stories in the world,” she said. “I love listening to people tell me their stories. My little songwriting antenna perks up all the time when people start talking.”

Coffeehouse patrons can get an up-close table with free JavaWerks coffee or hot chocolate or a soft drink. Childcare available. If you wish to reserve a table, call (601-520-1589).

The Back Door Coffeehouse is recorded live and broadcast by WUSM 88.5 FM the last Sunday of each month at 8 p.m.

Sponsors of the Coffeehouse include Vardaman Honda; JavaWerks Coffee & Teas; Oddfellows Gallery; Mainstreet Books; Coca Cola of Hattiesburg; Moore’s Bike Shop; Anderson Design Center; K&D Sales; Downtown Tonsorial Parlor; Golden Eagle Sound & Production; WUSM 88.5 FM Radio; The Shop Downtown; Montague, Pittman, & Varnado; Dennis Baum at DeLois Smith All Stars Team Realtors; David W. Walker at Amazon Books (also at Main Street Books!); OPOSSUM HANDMADE and Clay Latham Mystery No. 2

University Baptist Church has served as the host of the monthly Back Door Coffeehouse since 1992. The Back Door is a unique ministry to the community where local writers, musicians and poets are featured in an intimate and relaxed candlelight and coffee atmosphere. To receive the monthly Back Door Coffeehouse e-mail messages, please contact coffeehouse@ubchm.org.