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Re: (TV) OT: Sam phillips

Robin --

This was my first time seeing Phillips live, too, so I can't comment on what
kind of live backing she's had before, but this does seem to be a new (and
temporary) sound/approach/groove, in keeping with the "torch song" ethos of
the latest album. The whole drolly-tortured chanteuse thing, very Lotte
Lenya with a bit of Marianne Faithful (and maybe some Frau Farbissenen)
thrown in, but with enough poise and humor to make it work (I thought). She
used to be more of a pop-rocker (and before that a Christian recording
artist) but now has a string quartet +2 instead of a "rock band".

The opening act was a local Boston woman named Ramona Silver and band,
pretty good, sort of like Jill Sobule with more rock chops. Will check out
Kaki King, thanks for the tip.

----- Original Message -----
From: "robin dunn" <rdunnrn@yahoo.com>
To: <tv@obbard.com>
Sent: Thursday, October 21, 2004 12:19 PM
Subject: Re: (TV) OT: Never Over / Top 40 (> sam phillips)

> --- Ty Burr <tyburr@mindspring.com> wrote:
> > Went and saw Sam Phillips at
> > the Paradise instead.
> > Poor woman had her delicate I-hate-T-Bone-Burnett
> > torch songs squelched by
> > screaming fans in the bar next door, but you know
> > what? She was
> > philosophical about it (a Dodgers fan, natch),
> ty,
> just saw phillips for the first time myself, and was a
> bit surprised.  is her current presentation a notable
> departure for her?  or fairly typical of what she does
> live?
> and on a guitar-geek aside, the opener that night was
> some young girl -- looked 16 or so to me -- named kaki
> king, a real prodigy / savant type.  she did things on
> guitar i'd never seen before.  really worth checking
> out if you have a chance to see her live (i believe
> she's on a promo jaunt for a new album).  i mean she
> obviously has the type of talent very few people do.
> r
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