We had a good time last night with three singer/songwriters, all of whom are excellent at both.
We began with Showcase newcomer Ashley Jordan.
She's got one of those voices that make you keep listening, engaged and enthralled. Clear, pure tones, with great passion and inflection throughout. Good guitar, nice songwriting. What's not to like? And she's only seventeen (with two CDs already to her credit). We're expecting to hear more great things from her in the future, and hoping to have her back to the Showcase before she (too) famous.
Next up was familiar Showcase favorite David Moore.
David's got a CD about ready to pop, and all the work he's been putting in shows in his effortless delivery, smooth use of (restrained) pedal effects and ringing guitar. He complained of a cold, but we didn't hear any sign of it in his flexible tenor. I love David's acoustic pop songs -- serious and playful, great for singing along. Next time we have him at the Showcase we'll be looking for the CD -- and it's sure to be a hit.
Finally we welcomed Chris Nauman. Chris was a treat -- an easy stage presence, strong voice, nice song writing, fluid guitar and energetic harmonica. Complete package.
A little of a Neil Young feel to his voice, which I really enjoyed -- a kind of high, textured tenor. Simple, heartfelt lyrics. Very appealing.
We don't usually get huge audiences at the Showcase, but those who come are here to listen and enjoy.People drop by, stay as long as they can, maybe enjoy a coffee, chat with the performer between songs -- it's as intimate as your living room, but you don't have to provide the food or clean up after. And a good time is almost invariably had by all.