Sunday, July 5, 2009

Bluesy Twing

The moment I heard the guitar chords in minor strike in sync with her raspy, 1920s showgirl-going-through-heartbreak voice, I put down my book and walked across Washington Square Park to see The Bill Murray Experience.

The lead singer, Jessy Carolina Twing, literally had all eyes on her when she was singing, and she looked just the part with her black vintage silk dress, black tights, black mary-jane heels, red lipstick, and a white trilby hat to top. She holds a silk handkerchief in her hand as a prop, sometimes wiping her teary eyes when she hits those heartstrings in her ballads.

The band, with Horatio Baltz on guitar, Jay Sanford on bass, and Hubby Jenkins on second guitar, cites Bessie Smith and the Boswell Sisters as influences (among many). Check out their MySpace.

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