Friday, January 20, 2012

Jonatha Brooke: As the maniac, the saint, the sinner, the drinker, the thinker, the queer.

The awesome view from my seat in the Allen Room. @Allison Tyler
Wednesday night, I had the pleasure of experiencing Jonatha Brooke perform her tribute to Woody Guthrie in honor of what would have been his 100th birthday.  It was incredible to hear his poignant (sometimes humorous, sometimes sexy, always perfect) lyrics set to her original music, and even more so to listen in a venue showcasing my city as its backdrop.

It would have been hard to take my eyes from that soaring view, if not for the delicious elixir that is Jonatha's voice...ripe with emotion, clear and smooth as good bourbon, a taste of honey, a hint of vixen and a whole lot of heart.  She captivated her audience, and me.  Why the hell this woman isn't at the top of the charts makes no sense.

If you've never heard her music before, I suggest you pick up The Works, which is Jonatha's 2008 album, the celebration and culmination of her research and love of Woody Guthrie, that was the basis for Wednesday's concert.  Keb' Mo' (another of my favorites) duets with her on "All You Gotta Do Is Touch Me".  Yum.

Read more about the concert here.  You can download Jonatha's beautiful (and tear-inducing) rendition of This Land Is Your Land from iTunes for .99.



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