Tonight: Mary Lee Kortes and Kristin Diable at The Rockwood Music Hall

Mary Lee Beulah Rowley

Here are two fine shows, both happening on two of the stages of Rockwood Music Hall.  The first is at Rockwood Stage 2 and it starts early, at 7pm, when Mary Lee Kortes will play selections from The Songs of Beulah Rowley.  Mary Lee explains:

I was on the road in the UK, thinking about my next record, wanting it to be different somehow, to incorporate other kinds of writing.  What would that mean, I wondered, drifting off to sleep in my favorite London hotel suite (that would be my friend Lizzie’s sofabed). I woke up to find someone named “Beulah Rowley” in my head — a regionally famous 1930s midwestern singer/songwriter. I wrote a song by her on the spot, finished my tour, came home and wrote her biography. And then a bunch more songs, by her of course.

Kristin Diable 2

There’s about an hour between the time that Mary Lee finishes up and 9pm, the time that Kristin Diable takes the original stage at The Rockwood Music Hall. Kristin is a singer-songwriter I discovered when she was living in New York City and frequently playing here.  A few years ago, Kristin moved back to her native Louisiana and now makes it to NYC only a few times a year.  Kristin’s music is a combination of rock, folk and blues all held together with an amazing voice made even more astonishing with a Louisiana drawl.  She has a new album ready to be released on February 24th.  It’s called Create Your Own Mythology and the couple of tracks that have made their way to the Internet sound quite good.  I’m not sure whether tonight’s show is one with a full band, solo or something in between.  But whatever the musical configuration is, Kristin is at the top of her game these days.

Mary Lee Kortes, Rockwood Stage 2, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 7pm, $12

Kristin Diable, Rockwood Music Hall, 196 Allen Street between Houston and Stanton Streets (F Train to 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit), 9pm, No Cover (but a contribution for the musicians is highly recommended)

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