It’s one of those nights with two wonderful shows scheduled at the same time. You’ll find Laura Cantrell playing Berlin, a new club which is located in the basement of the bar 2A. 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, having served 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. Laura has opened for Elvis Costello and also for country music legend Charlie Louvin.
When I first met her a few years back, Alana Amram was playing Union Hall and Union Pool and she joked that she would only play clubs with Union in their name. And sure enough, she is back playing at Union Pool tonight.
Alana is a powerfully voiced singer who started out with country music but who has veered into music that combines elements of country with elements from other genres into a sound that is both wonderful and beyond just a simple description. Alana hasn’t been playing New York City much recently, so this appearance by her and her band, The Rough Gems is certainly a show to anticipate.
Laura Cantrell, Berlin, 25 Avenue A at 2nd Street (F Trains to Delancey Street or 2nd Avenue, use the 1st Avenue exit or J or M Trains to Essex Street), 9pm, $15