Feminine Mystique

I noted a couple shows ago that our bands were especially bearded, and last week’s show was a little bit man-centric as well. But we restore balance to our yin-yang this week with a fabulous flock of females, including a duo who’s making a comeback after years on hiatus.

The first femme fatale is Arleigh Kincheloe, frontlady of Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds. We can’t wait to hear this horn-driven funky band. Their size gives them power. Their attitude gives them groove. And Sister Sparrow can sing. This should set a great tone for the night.

Vietti artists Buffalo Clover also have a gal singer, though she seems to share lead vocal duties with husband and co-writer Jeremy Ivey. This emerging Nashville band has an enthralling, earthy sound. It’s folk with a touch of patchouli around the ears. The songs feel instantly recognizable, but not derivative. We are ready to roll in Buffalo Clover.

Amy Speace and Jill Andrews are two major rising voices in Americana. Amy was an actress before she became a songwriter, so she has a feel for stories. The great Judy Collins loved her music and signed her to her record label in 2006 and set her on a path. She’s been a staple of roots music circles ever since. Andrews is a bit earlier on the career path, with one solo album in her life beyond the breakup of her awesome band the everybodyfields. Her songs are as lovely as she is.

And wrapping up the night we’ll hear from a sister duo who’s back with the flame on high after many years of occasional reunion gigs where they’d ask each other ‘why don’t we do this more often?’ We’re talking about Janis Oliver and Kristine Arnold, together known as Sweethearts of the Rodeo. They busted out in the late 1980s, first with an Everly Brothers cover and than a string of songs of their own or from the cream of Music Row during a creative time. Like Ricky Skaggs or the O’Kanes, they fused modernism and bluegrass grit, and made some great sounds and memories. Now they’re back with an imminent new album and gigs! Including the Loveless, and we couldn’t be happier.

So come spend Wednesday evening with us. No Ladies Night specials, but it will be a night of special ladies.

Craig H

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