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Recap: Rosanne Cash interprets country classics, teases new material for the Sellersville crowd (photos, review)

Rosanne Cash | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com
Rosanne Cash | Photo by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com

All photos by Chris Sikich | countfeed.tumblr.com

Last night in the intimate confines of the Sellersville Theater, Rosanne Cash wowed the sold-out audience with her voice, guitar, sideman/producer/husband John Leventhal, and overall music gusto. Relying heavily on her 2009 covers album The List, Cash wound through country past with ease and brilliance, especially in her towering renditions of “Motherless Children” and Bobbie Gentry’s “Ode to Billy Joe.” There were moments of humor interlaced with the weighty topics of her oeuvre, like when Cash and Leventhal commented on a setlist in the Sellersville dressing room from group Vanilla Fudge that lacked their signature song “You Keep Me Hangin’ On.” This came up enough that Cash had a go at the chorus of the song a few times, despite forgetting the majority of the lyrics. Beyond memorable humor there was also the unveiling of three songs from her forthcoming 2014 album. All three were tremendous works of rock and country, with “Modern Blue” and “Sunken Lands,” which featured a remembrance of Cash’s father and grandparents, being the standouts. Philly local artist Kwesi Kankam opened the show; check out photos from the night in the gallery below.

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Tonight’s Concert Picks: Kwesi Kankam at North Star Bar, Hot Guts at Kung Fu Necktie

KwesiKwesi Kankam is a singer-songwriter and photographer who has dropped a number of introspective, breathtaking tracks on Bandcamp in the past year. With a voice reminiscent of David Gray (with the same knack for sparse, haunting arrangements), Kankam’s latest offering is the acoustic number “By My Side,” released as a free download in advance of Valentine’s Day. Tonight he appears on the North Star Bar’s new music series showcase with Charles Keith Sztyk and This Old Ghost. The 21+ showcase begins at 7 p.m., more information at the XPN Concert Calendar. Below, download “By My Side.”

Primal Philly doom-rock outfit Hot Guts appear tonight at Kung Fu Necktie. Their 2012 LP Edges was driving and intense, with goth and drone flourishes, and the band is heading out on tour with SGNLS. The 21+ show with Philly’s The Chickens begins at 11 p.m., more information at the venue’s website. Below, listen to their song “Da’ rat Hessla,” recorded by Arc in Round’s Matt Ricchini and found on a 2010 split 7″ with Brooklyn’s Pop. 1280.

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Meet the winners of the 2012 Philadelphia Songwriters Project

photo via Philadelphia Songwriters Project

Singer-songwriters Kwesi Kankam, Joy Ike, Casey Cattie, and Anthony D’Amato (pictured above left to right) are the winners of the 2012 Philadelphia Songwriters Project. Below, listen to a song from each of the winners. More information about the Philadelphia Songwriters Project can be found here. Below, listen to some songs from a few of the winners.

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