Saturday, November 15, 2003
Fresh from a European tour with Santana, Citizen Cope is one of the few bands around that has the groove of the jam band scene down, but without sacrificing complex and beguiling lyrics for the beat. Front-man Clarence Greenwood writes dark yet sexy odes of death, redemption, loss and survival, creating a cast of characters that are all a bit wounded, and will stay with you long after the song is over.
The repertoire of Michigan-born singer-songwriter Rachael Davis is as varied as her interests: jazz and blues, gospel, folk and traditionals, yet it is her "big voice in a little body" that allows her to make those musical leaps successfully. Just 22, she has already performed at the Newport and Falcon Ridge folk festivals, and has opened for past Required Listening acts Dar Williams, Susan Werner and Richard Shindell.
This multi-cultural and multi-instrumental French ensemble features Philippe Balatier, aka Balat, (keys and samples), Nicolas Falmer (jazz trumpeter), Pascal Reva, aka Bilbo (bass and drums), Phillipe Sellam, aka Slam (sax) and Mike Checkli, aka DJ Mike - a key figure on the Parisian hip-hop scene. Their music is infused with reggae, latin and Middle-eastern beats, blending smooth horns with dance grooves.
Po' Girl is the side project of The Be Good Tanyas' Trish Klein (Required Listening #62 ), with fellow Canadians Allison Russell and Diona Davies. Perfecting the three-part harmonies, which brought The Tanyas such acclaim, this band has a much bluesier and sultrier approach when they cover traditionals, and the quality of their originals is reminiscent of the writing of Lucinda Williams and Gram Parsons.