June Brides / Spitzer Space Telescope
Sunday, Jul 22, 2012 9:00 PM CDT
(9:00 PM Doors)
- Monday, Jul 23, 2012 12:00 AM CDT
Township, Chicago, IL
21 years and over
The music of Angela James is inspired by classic country music with
songs that tell vivid and relatable stories — stories about love,
pain, and the redemption of pain in love. She picks up the pieces of
broken hearts and comforts the modern-day high and lonesome.
Joan Shelley makes startling music. It's not discordant or dissonant, nor does it make a big hell of a racket. It doesn't strut around, it doesn't do amateur psychedelics, all sound and fury, and it won't beat you over the head with stern-faced atavism, dressed up like an FSA photograph, mewling about old times. It startles because you know, you think, that you've heard it before. You might in fact have heard it often, deeply. It's very familiar. But, despite the closeness, the aching familiarity that her songs exude, you've never heard her songs before. They weren't written by Kristofferson or Newbury, Wolf or Sorrels. It can be hard to believe, but none of them are "Trad., arr. Shelley." Joan wrote them, all of them, and she sings them, too. Listen to her sing — it's evident. -Nathan Salsburg, Alan Lomax Archive
This is dangerous folk music... run and tell the nobles.