Thursday, May 22, 2008
Barclay Martin- Queen of This Town
I recently attended a swank cocktail party in a gated community. The mansion's synchronized media system was playing a music mix labeled "Really Good Songs." Tasteful selections by Fleetwood Mac, Alison Krauss, Sheryl Crow, Joe Cocker, Santana and Norah Jones provided elegant background music.
"Queen of This Town" is no less immaculate than the familiar hits by those established artists. The highly refined and mildly playful sound of the Barclay Martin ensemble is perfectly encapsulated by this publicity photo. And don't think the perfect shimmer of the brand new "Queen of This Town" is a fluke; "The Age of Information" is no less breathtaking.
The CD release concert for the Kansas City-based act's new project is June 7 at the appropriately upscale Spencer Theater.
Anyone disappointed by the new Gnarls Barkley needs to hear Idle Warship.
Kansas City Click: Bluegrass great Roland White picks at the Mountain Music Shoppe tonight.
Even non-breeders might attend Saturday's Jiggle Jam. The line-up includes They Might Be Giants and the always-delightful Trout Fishing In America.
A jazz jam memorializing the contributions of the late Ed Fenner will take place Sunday at Jardine's.