July 31, 2011
Laura Cantrell (with guitar wiz Mark Spencer) will be playing at the 11th Street Bar tonight starting at 8:30pm.
Laura was born and raised in Nashville, but came to New York City for college and never left. She’s not only a singer and songwriter but a musicologist as well, serving as the proprietress as The Radio Thrift Shop on WFMU. Rolling Stone has called Laura “A modern woman with an old-timey heart, with a voice pitched somewhere between the bluesy realism of Lucinda Williams and the vintage femininity of Kitty Wells.”
Laura plays traditional country, alt-country and folk-rock as well. The title song from her debut album, Not The Trembling Kind, was written by Jersey rocker George Usher. She’s also covered Gordon Lightfoot‘s Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald. Her latest album, Kitty Wells Dresses, is a straight country album made up of covers of Kitty Wells’ songs with one original (the title track). Laura has opened for Elvis Costello and also for country music legend Charlie Louvin.
Laura Cantrell, 11th Street Bar, 510 E. 11th Street between Avenues A &B (Any train to 14th Street or L Train to 1st Avenue, then transfer to the 14 A bus to 11th Street), 8:30PM, No Cover
July 29, 2011
This has to be the final July update.
July 31 – Laura Cantrell – 11th Street Bar – 8:30pm
July 28, 2011
Sydney Wayser has been recording been recording a new album for the past six months, titled Belle Choir Coast. I suspect that this show will be similar to her last show, where she performed material from that record for the first time. Here’s what I said about that show:
What we got was Sydney’s music tied to straight ahead rock arrangements. This was a musically more muscular Sydney. Musical growth, sure, but not only that, it had a great beat. Just seeing this unfold on stage was invigorating.
Sydney Wayser, Rockwood Music Hall, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 8pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)
July 27, 2011
Amy Speace comes into Rockwood Music Hall tonight. She’s touring behind her new record, Land Like a Bird, a mostly atmospheric Americana, sometimes straight acoustic album written after Amy left this area and resettled in Nashville. It’s an excellent, emotionally powerful record and the shows that I’ve seen Amy perform with the material from it have been uncommonly good. Instead of a band this time, Amy will be performing in a
duo trio format with Thomm Jutz on guitars and vocals and Denny McDermott on percussion. Given that Amy is no longer based in these parts, take tonight’s opportunity to see her.
Amy Speace, Rockwood Music Hall, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 8pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)