Nellie McKay


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2018-05-24 20:30:00
8:30 p.m. May 24

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Catalina Bar & Grill
6725 W. Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA  90028
Wordsmith and brilliant song-crafter Nellie McKay has never fit any particular era. In recent years, she’s written a handful of inventive musical biographies of notorious and fascinating women (convicted murderer Barbara Graham, transgender bandleader Billy Tipton, Joan Rivers). Her latest album, Sister Orchid, finds her in a black-and-white mood covering songs of the ’30s and early ’40s, including “Where or When, “Georgia on My Mind” and “In a Sentimental Mood.” The new record takes the concept of a “dark, foggy drive along Highway 1” and evokes a sultry, wee-hourly landscape, thanks to McKay’s tinkly, jazzy piano and dreamy vocals. Even her accompanying liner notes are pulpy and menacing and may drive you to pour another bourbon. McKay also plays an in-store performance at Fingerprints in Long Beach on Wednesday, May 23, at 7 p.m.
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