Saturday, August 31, 2013

Bumbershoot, Day One - ZZ Ward

ZZ Ward rocking the Music Lounge. This is what festivals are all about - the opportunity to discover new bands and performers of whom you most likely otherwise might never have encountered.  ZZ Ward's blues rock is hard to describe - she calls it "dirty shine" - a bone-deep wall of old-fashioned blues crossed with the big city gloss of cutting-edge hip hop.  If Tina Turner had a baby with Ricki Lee Jones, and that baby tricked Robert Johnson at the crossroads that she was the devil herself and bought his soul, and then was raised in a 21st Century, urban setting, that baby might sound like ZZ Ward.  Another great set.

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