Beloved local singer-songwriter, Eliza Gilkyson has just released her new album, The Nocturne Diaries (March 18, 2014) and is captivating listeners yet again with intimate, heartfelt folk stories concerning topics as the album title suggests, that dawned on Gilkyson late in the night. As one might imagine, songs written in the black of night are very different from those composed in and touched by the light of day. In result, The Nocturne Diaries features some darker subject matter, including a story about a disturbed adolescent boy on the verge of destruction (“An American Boy”) and a song about Eliza’s fears for the future of humanity (“World Without End”). It’s not all doom and gloom though. Eliza shows compassion for lost souls and souls afflicted by those who are lost, and seems to feel that even though the world can be bad and people can be bad, love still redeems all. And because we are all ultimately headed towards the same impending ending (the big sleep), why not dance, sing, laugh, and love each other in the meantime? Eliza will be celebrating the release of her new album with a show at our very own, Cactus Cafe Saturday March 29 at 7:30 (early show) and again at 10:00 p.m. (late show).