Bright and sassy
Julia Fordham may have slipped under the radar of anyone other than the most die-hard of vocal jazz fans, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't have been paying attention.
This British songstress has an incredible vocal range, pulling husky notes seemingly from below her feet and shoving them way up into the air over her head in near-eardrum-piercing triumph.
Her newest release, "That's Life," showcases her skills as both a singer and songwriter, with her wry, intelligent phrasing and cool attitude making this an album not to ignore.
Saturday, Sept. 18, 7 p.m., Rossi's Blue Star Room, 80 S. 9th St., $10. 312-2828.
A long-time instructor at the Hank Thompson School of Country Music in Oklahoma, Junior Brown is the inventor of the "guit-steel" -- a double-necked guitar that fuses a regular six-string and a steel-string guitar.
While the instrument didn't really take off -- most people just want to play one or the other -- Brown honed the design and soon his own, personal cherry axe guit-steel, "Big Red," was born.
Since, Brown and Big Red have made a handful of amazing records together that mix stunning instrumental work, Western swing, honky tonk, rockabilly and electrified Bakersfield country.
Wednesday, Sept. 15, 6 p.m., First Avenue, 701 1st Ave. N., $12 in advance, $15 at the door. 332-1775.