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Jillian Rae, Lydia Lize, Vonnie Kyle
February 13 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Jillian Rae and Lydia Liza, two queens of indie rock from Minneapolis, bring their magic to the Tumbleroot stage on their February tour, joined by local songstress Vonnie Kyle.
Having cultivated a reputation as the go-to violin accompanist for dozens of bluegrass, rock, and pop bands (including The Okee Dokee Brothers, Corpse Reviver, Adam Levy, and Steve Kaul & the Brass Kings) Jillian Rae planted her own flag in the musical landscape with the 2013 release of Heartbeat, a confident pop record with subtle nods to her bluegrass and classical pedigrees. Her songs are full of heartache, truth, and often a beguiling sense of playfulness. Rae’s songwriting is not easily pigeonholed, and neither is her playing. You can find her playing country fiddle on one tune, rock guitar on the next, or driving her violin through synthy guitar effects on another.
As engaging as her arrangements can be, the real show stopper of her records or live performances is always her effortlessly powerful voice. When Jillian Rae sings, you believe her. Such is the case on her 2017 EP, Wanderlust. More of a stripped-down country record, Wanderlust showcases Rae’s dynamic and earnest vocal chops. Music journalist Youa Vang called Rae a heavy hitter whose “voice will stay with you long after the show is over.”
If Jillian Rae fans thought that Wanderlust might be signal that she’s going country, she has more surprises in store. With the release of her new full length “I can’t be the one you want me to be”, Rae made an even harder pivot. Fans got an early taste of her collaborations with a new lineup and a new producer (The Library Studio’s Matt Patrick), in her cover of Prince’s legendary When Doves Cry. Released as a single, the homage is not only a wholesale rewrite of the tune befitting the towering status of the original, it’s also a marker of a new direction with this new staff on board.
With contributions from Patrick, as well as guitarist and longtime collaborator Eric Martin, bassist Jimmy Osterholt, and drummer Alex Young, “I can’t be the one you want me” to be is saturated in heavy grooves, moody arrangements, and unflinching honesty. And of course her voice, which has never sounded better, more dynamic, or more true than it does on this collection of songs.
A couple years after going viral for re-writing “Baby It’s Cold Outside” in 2017, Lydia Liza got sober. And then she got writing. Not a lot of artists can wear the “teenage musical prodigy” hat and go on to find success as an adult, and not a lot of artists can write a smash novelty holiday song and go on to transcend the “viral sensation” label — but with her first solo effort, Lydia Liza echoes Nick Drake, Jeff Buckley and Laura Marling with ease. Add a sprinkle of nostalgic pop-punk, and Liza creates a tasteful, familiar and expansive soundscape that keeps the listener hooked.
Lydia Liza has been featured on Vanity Fair, New York Times, People Magazine, 89.3 The Current, CNN, Bustle, Pitchfork, Billboard, CBC, NPR, BBC, Daily Mail, the NY Post; she has topped Spotify charts, she has been covered by Broadway stars, amateur YouTubers and everything in-between, and boasts over 6 million plays on Spotify. She has shared the stage with the likes of The Goo-Goo Dolls, Jake Bugg and Kimya Dawson. This debut record was a project on Kickstarter that raised $13,000. And though her viral re-write of a Christmas song caught the attention of an international audience, her real, authentic songwriting is bound to do the same thing.
Santa Fe-based musician Vonnie Kyle has been carving out her own identity for years as a powerful voice in contemporary songwriting. Whether showcasing her highly personal, poetically confessional lyricism via intimate acoustic recordings or fronting the booming modern rock of her band Ten Ten Division, Kyle has evolved through the years as both a singer and guitarist to create a singular sound all her own. Kyle writes all her own material — prolifically so, with a repertoire of well over a hundred original songs.
Through this commitment to the craft of writing and performing she has achieved not just a sizable catalogue of music but what many artists strive for most — a powerful voice that refuses to simply echo past influences. With the instrumental chops to back this up, often blending several genres seamlessly with her deft playing, Vonnie Kyle is simply a standout act that cannot be ignored.
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