Thursday, February 22, 2018 - 7:30 pm
Led by a trail of incense and a little voice at the back of her brain that whispers “Nice try, 60s,” Nellie travels to a land of strange and wonderful music on My Weekly Reader, revisiting some of the melodies born out of that fertile, conflicted time.
“Freedom’s just another word for turning off your phone,” says Nellie, who first collaborated with famed Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick on her debut Get Away From Me. They reunite for My Weekly Reader (March 24 / Savoy 429 Records). With the aid of Emerick’s golden ears, she covers songs from the era of political turmoil and creative delight by Zappa, Ray Davies, Steve Miller, Country Joe McDonald, and then some.
“It’s important for us to be aware and not succumb to what (jazzman) Dave Frishberg has referred to as ‘weapons of mass distraction,” adds Nellie. “These songs come out of a time of less cynicism – back in the 60’s the darker things in society were balanced by a certain innocence and hope.”