Lizz Wright @ The Appel Room, New York [14 February]

Lizz Wright

20:30 - 22:30

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The Appel Room
New York
The last time Lizz Wright performed as a part of American Songbook in 2009, the New York Times described the Georgia-born singer-songwriter as “an awesome talent [who] stands in a direct line of descent from Odetta through Tracy Chapman, singers whose source of sustenance is the African-American spiritual tradition.” A lot of life has happened for Wright since then, and her latest album, 2017’s “potent, sanctified” Grace (Guardian, U.K.), reveals a new register that lends an affecting vulnerability to her sensual contralto voice and regal poise.

Spurred by the divisiveness of the 2016 election, Wright felt compelled to reconnect with her Southern heritage both physically and artistically. The resulting sound boosts the down-home blues and gospel elements of her musical style that also traverses jazz, folk, and confessional singer-songwriter traditions, arriving at a place where all are welcome.
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