Earlier tonight, I had the great pleasure of attending a wonderful concert at the Lincoln Theatre. I was already a huge fan of Delta Rae, but I'd never heard of Penny & Sparrow. I can now honestly say that if you get a chance to see either group, take it; you will be very happy you did.
Penny & Sparrow, the opener, is two guys from Austin, Andy Baxter and Kyle Jahnke. Baxter sings, and Jahnke plays the guitar. Their songs are frequently sad but always beautiful. Both, but particularly Baxter, deliver absolutely hilarious deadpan bits between songs. I intend to give both of their CDs a close listening.
If you read this blog, you've already heard me gush about Delta Rae. Tonight's performance was an acoustic show that featured a mix of their classic songs, some holiday tunes, and a few tracks from their upcoming third album.
As this shot, courtesy of Gina, suggests, the six members of the band all contributed to almost every song, though the female singers dominated the lead vocals.
Tonight, Brittany Holljes did most of the between-song speaking, and she also sang lead on quite a few of the songs. Gina caught her in one of the more intriguing poses, her hair blowing around courtesy of a discreetly placed fan.
From what I heard of the new album, I want it already. I knew I'd love their classics, and I did, my eyes tearing up during "Dance In the Graveyards" as I once again thought of my mother.
If you don't know Delta Rae's music, do yourself a favor and pick up their CDs or buy them on iTunes or wherever, catch them live, and have a great time.