• July 25 - An Evening with Macy Gray
Grammy Award-winning American R&B and soul singer-songwriter, record producer, and actress Macy Gray is renowned for her distinctive raspy voice, and a singing style heavily influenced by Billie Holiday and Betty Davis. Gray has released six studio albums and has received five Grammy Award nominations, winning one.
On her new album Covered she explains “these were songs that I would’ve probably written in another life,” says Gray in her trademark rasp. She’s been asked to identify the common denominator linking the wildly varied songs on Covered, her stunning new collection of cover songs. “And,” she continues, “They’re almost all these kind of dark love songs, which is the mood I’m in right now”.
To the casual music fan, Macy Gray tackling a covers album might seem wholly out of left field – especially since the material she chose to reinterpret is largely drawn from indie rock tunes made over the last decade or so.
(Exceptions are Eurythmics’ “Here Comes the Rain Again,” from 1984, and Metallica’s “Nothing Else Matters,” from 1992.) But Covered is not your typical covers album. It deftly redefines what such an undertaking is and can be, which makes it very much a Macy Gray project.
• August 17 - An Evening with Lindsey Buckingham
American guitarist, singer, composer and producer Lindsey Buckingham has accomplished almost everything that can be done in rock ‘n’ roll, earning a spot in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame with Fleetwood Mac.
Buckingham has also won countless awards, selling out venues around the world, ranking 100th in Rolling Stone magazine's 2011 list of “The 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” and helping define the sound of rock for the last three decades as the predominant musical force behind such Fleetwood Mac albums as Rumours and the innovative Tusk.
He has created a critically acclaimed body of solo work that yielded the hits, “Trouble,” “Go Insane ” and “Holiday Road.”
But one thing was missing as Buckingham and his band mates were dominating music.
“The irony of the bulk of the Fleetwood Mac experience was that none of us were comfortable,” Buckingham confesses. “We had this external success going, which was not matched by any kind of internal success. It didn’t make any of us whole people or contented people in that sense.”
Now married and with three kids, Buckingham has found that "internal success" as he puts it.
“It really does feel like the best time of my life,” he says. That contentment and peace are evident throughout his sixth solo album, Seeds We Sow.
From the soft melodic pop/rock tinge of “End Of Time” and the album’s most rocking track, “One Take,” to the touching “When She Comes Down” and the almost lullaby-esque hushed tones of the gorgeous closing number, “She Smiles Sweetly,” the album showcases Buckingham’s full arsenal of skills.
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