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Nellie McKay

Nellie McKay
Saturday, April 13! 
Member pre-sale begins Monday, January 14 at 10 am! On sale to general public Monday, January 21 at 10 am. 

Conjuring the image of a lonely all night truck stop along Highway 1 on the California coast, all but lost in the fog that comes creeping along the shoreline…this album speaks of the night, the outsider, the plaintive wail of those lost at sea.  Sister Orchid was conceived in solitude, executed in darkness.  It comes from a place of quiet, a world of low lights and cool drinks, up against a hard wall.

Sister Orchid is Nellie’s seventh album, starting with Get Away From Me (“a tour de force” – The New York Times), including Normal As Blueberry Pie:  A Tribute to Doris Day (“among the killer overhauls of American standards” – The New York Times) and My Weekly Reader, music of the ‘60s (“…kicks serious butt. The results are beautiful.” – PopMatters), her second collaboration with famed Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick.  On Obligatory Villagers (“a brisk nine-song set that plays like the breathless first act of a stage musical decrying American fascism” – SPIN), local Poconos hometown jazz greats Bob Dorough, Phil Woods, and David Liebman contributed their exceptional talents.

She has won a Theatre World Award for her portrayal of Polly Peachum on Broadway in The Threepenny Opera, performed onscreen in the films PS I Love You and Downtown Express, and her music was used in Rumor Has It, Monster-in-Law, PS I Love You, Gasland, Last Holiday and Private Life. 

“The new record takes the concept of a ‘dark, foggy drive along Highway 1’ and evokes a sultry, wee-hourly landscape, thanks to McKay’s tinkly, jazzy piano and dreamy vocals.” —LA Weekly

“McKay is wonderfully unpredictable and spontaneous.” —Philadelphia Inquirer

“The bottom line for McKay, it would seem, is that there’s always another level, a deeper layer…Could she be singing to a sense memory, or a ghost?  Every possibility seems plausible.” — NPR Music  

“a cunning blend of Blossom Dearie’s slyness, Julie London’s smokiness and Lee Wiley’s sophistication.” — JazzTimes  

“her outwardly warm renditions of songs like “My Romance” contain haunting undercurrents.” — Downbeat 

“The most lonely romantic album imaginable” — Star-Tribune  
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