Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Nashville Review: Caitlin Rose @ Bobbie's Dairy Dip
Caitlin Rose - "Dead Flowers" - mp3
There is nothing quite as enchanting as consuming greasy hamburgers and ice cream while enjoying "cosmic American music." Nashville's 21-year-old country-folk heroine Caitlin Rose ( a favorite of Stark's) found herself fighting traffic noise and food order announcements on Saturday night - this was a new one. Bobbie's Dairy Dip, the unique venue for the evenings performance, is not only Rose's full time employer, but one of Nashville's oldest burger joints.
The stage was situated in the parking lot to the right off the Dip, adorned with a simple, but effective house PA system. The sunset was the perfect backdrop for Rose's unrestrained and angelic sound. An increased set length and influx of Dip customers seemed to startle Rose, who strayed from her latest EP, Dead Flowers covering the likes of Emmylou Harris and Gram Parsons. It was evident however, that Rose had little live experience with these cover-songs. Surprise, surprise, Rose broke her picking fingernail yet again, but nothing detracts from her powerful and awe-inspiring vocals. Rose thrives in A Capella situations where her voice goes unattested. Without guitar chords and strumming patterns to worry about, Rose relaxes and her vocals become all the more impressive. On a personal note, we would like to once, leave a Caitlin Rose show cheerful, rather than somber. Perhaps "T-Shirt" isn't the best concert closer. And to all you local performers out there, keep doing what you're doing. But ask yourself this, 'are you ready for a Throwdown?'
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