Sat 9/16 @ 8PM
Rachel Brown has one of the area’s most powerful and affecting voices. She’s one of a small number of supremely talented local ladies who have claimed a spot at the top of the Americana heap, delving into the types of music that that let emotions flow through a well-honed set of pipes and beautifully crafted songs.
Brown’s music blends genres while favoring the country side. The sultry singer adds a touch of jazzy sophistication to music rooted in honky-tonk, blues and the smooth but heartache-laden Nashville countrypolitan sound of the late ’50s and early ’60s, best exemplified by Patsy Cline. There’s no backwoods naivete to her full-bodied vocals or her tunes. You can tell she’s been around and lived more than a little.
She’s now ready to drop her third album with her band Rachel Brown and the Beatnik Playboys, titled Look Who’s Back, a follow-up to 2014’s Once Again and 2012’s Just Look My Way. It includes 10 original tracks plus “No Lock No Key” by Robert Kidney of Kent’s Numbers Band and Tennessee songwriter Nathan Bell’s “Whiskey You Win.”
She and the band — with Brown herself on piano, Roy King on drums, Dave Huddleston on guitar and Bill Watson on bass — will celebrate at Peninsula’s G.A.R. Hall as part of its Voices in the Valley series.
General admission is $10 in advance, $20 with a copy of the new CD.