Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Local spotlight:: T. Nile and AA Sound System

Last night, the Railway was home to some local talent, and those who made a much longer commute. Emma Packer and her band came all the way from Utah to entertain, and the young songstress delivered a surprisingly solid set that gained steam as she sped through her allotted twenty-minutes. The band used some subtle drums, atmospheric keys and electric guitar and some nice harmonies to compliment her crystal clear vocals. The mix was a little off, as you could barely hear some of the instrumentation, but Packer's voice powered through. Fans of early Suzanne Vega might want to check her out.

To be honest, it was the second band that got me off my couch last night. AA Sound System is a unique, roots, (sometimes) electronic backed band from Edmonton, but last night Ayla left the band home and treated the crowd to a solo set. Despite a broken delay peddle, he delivered a slower, but very enjoyable set hitting songs from Laissez-Faire, Lily Plain and a few new ones from the upcoming album. Probably the highlight was The Woods, which he closed the set with, but the intimate setting really made me wish he showed up in Vancouver more often.
MP3:: The Woods

The final act to hit the stage was local folk/roots artist T. Nile. Despite the fact she was up there with a new bass player, a broken banjo and some beaming stage lights, her set was high energy and really reggae infused. The new bass player added a lot of thick lines and Tamara's voice is so strong that she played off the new danceable feel to really make the crowd listen up. She has the type of voice that really stands the test of time, and floats around a room. I would have like to hear a bit more banjo, but that's just me. She plays the last Monday of every month at the Railway, and for the price of a beer you can see a really up and coming folker.

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