Sonya Kitchell played at Sam's Olde Bar in Midtown/Aynsley Saturday night. It was her penultimate gig this tour which ends in Nashville, TN. See that one if at all possible!
Her latest, 'This Storm' is a brooding classic that reminds many listeners of Joni Mitchell (yeah, it rhymes; a great mnemonic). Closer listening reveals more of a similarity to an edgier Fleetwood Mac, as if Buckingham and Nicks had joined in 1971 and released 'Tusk' that year (those were the days, my friends). This latter similarity is much more apparent live. She's touring with a talented trio called The Slip. Special mention should go to Montreal-based guitarist Brian Barr, who has is own well-deserved solo spot before the main show. He has an intriguing technique of bowing the guitar with a string that yeilds a sustain reminiscent of Jimmy Page, Robert Fripp, and Bill Frissell. In the group these effects provide an orchestral texture.
Also deserving mention is up-and-coming local singer/songwriter Elli Perry. Her trio of guitar/vocals, cello, and drums frame her hearty alto (this is THE year of altos) and her complex, yet direct somber ballads. Baby-Boomers that recall "Eleanor Rigby" or 1987's 'Helleborine' (Shellyann Orphan) will appreciate Elli Perry.