Before Northside Festival takes over New York next weekend, these three acts from Nashville will be causing quite a stir.
If there’s one thing to note, the music that Kim Logan has chosen to become a master of—or in her case, a mistress of—places her in an odd corner of the universe simply because there aren’t many men who are in there with her. In other words, she’s the shit.
Sounding like the love child of Bonnie Raitt and Jack White, Kim Logan spices up Nashville just like Hattie B’s hot chicken does. Classically trained in opera-singing, Logan has a set of vocals that don’t go unnoticed. At age 9, she performed with the Marshall Tucker Band, and continued to do so every year until she was 16 when she left home to spread her wings. This summer she will reunite with the classic rockers for a string of dates, but not before she heats things up at the Delancey as one of New Music Seminar’s “Artist on the Verge”.
At the moment, these dudes are sauntering up in the Catskills, playing music in a cabin and having a toke with Levon Helm at his grave before their gig at the Marris Amphitheater. Fortunately for us in the city, the trio will take the stage at Brooklyn Bowl Tuesday night, opening for Dirty Bourbon River Show and again the following night at Spike Hill.
Born and raised New Yorker Maxwell Putnam leads the pack with gravelly pipes that are as finely tuned an instrument as the ones the rest of the band play. Together, they explore a wonderful horizon of country rock and Appalachian folk that makes as much sense circa ’70s Laurel Canyon as it does now. Pay attention, Newport Folk Fest; your crowd loves this kinda stuff.
Take one look at this band and you’ll swear they once raided Keith Richards’ closet. But these guys don’t just look the part, Blackfoot Gypsies pump out rock ‘n’ roll effusing an energy that makes the inside of your thighs sticky. And that’s just when frontman Matthew Paige whips out his harmonica. There’s a reason why Yonder Mountain String Band has invited Blackfoot Gypsies yet again to play their annual Harvest Music Festival.