Showing posts from September, 2018

Nellie McKay, Sellersville Theater, Sellersville, PA, 8/04/2018: She's America's Sweetest Subversive Brainiac Singer, Songwriter, and Musician; The Jazz Stylings of Rich Jenkins Were a Just Right Opener

Photo: Geoffrey Dicker Since her debut album “Get Away from Me” (2003), Ms. McKay, a firebrand who can quote the radical feminist Shulamith Firestone and Doris Day in the same breath, has settled somewhere between the worlds of cabaret and singer-songwriter pop without fitting into either. (Elisabeth Vincentelli, NYTimes, Nov. 9, 2017) On Saturday August 4th, Nellie McKay played the Sellersville Theater. Her performance was solo, intimate, and much like her new album Sister Orchid , on which she played baby grand piano, ukulele, and harmonica. And unlike most concerts you'll see, McKay made no mention of her new album, even though she played a healthy chunk (the first seven songs) of the record. She actually never mentioned any of her albums. She touched on several albums for one song each, Pretty Little Head ("Real Life"), Normal As Blueberry Pie , her Doris Day tribute ("Crazy Rhythm"), and Home Sweet Mobile Home ("Adios"). It was also good t

Jimmy LaFave, Peace Town (Music Road Records, 2018); We Are Lucky To Have a Last Long Goodbye From One of Austin's Best

© 2018, Jimmy LaFave Intellectual Property Trust " of America's greatest voices," Dave Marsh Of all the compelling live music I have seen in Austin at SXSW, none was any more enjoyable than a very late night set by Jimmy LaFave . Writing in the Austin 360, Peter Blackstock explained, Ashley Warren, who administers the Jimmy LaFave Intellectual Property Trust on behalf of LaFave’s teenage son Jackson, noted in a press release that the sessions resulting in “Peace Town” were not initially intended to be a farewell album. Rather, they were part of an ambitious 100-song recording plan LaFave had undertaken “for future albums and projects.” The 20 songs on “Peace Town” are what got done before the rare myxofibrosarcoma cancer took his life in May 2017. Read the complete text of the press release below. Jimmy Lafave - Peace Town Buy at Amazon Buy at iTunes Stream on Spotify One of the qualities that Jimmy LaFave's eighteenth album Peace Town has in c