Charming Pop Chanteuse
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. An oasis of hungry eyes and easy promises, warm as a biscuit, the kind of place your mother warned you against.
Nellie McKay has released six relatively accomplished albums, won a Theatre World Award for her Broadway portrayal of Polly Peachum in The Threepenny Opera, co-created and starred in the award winning off-Broadway hit Old Hats, and has written musical biographies around a compelling gallery of ladies – from environmental pioneer Rachel Carson to the life, conviction, and execution at San Quentin of the underdog Barbara Graham, and most recently The Big Molinsky – Considering Joan Rivers, as well as A GIRL NAMED BILL – The Life and Times of Billy Tipton, named one of the Best Concerts of the Year by The New York Times.
A recipient of PETA’s Humanitarian Award in recognition of her dedication to animal rights, Nellie is an annoyingly vocal advocate against war, capitalism and the two-party system that sustains it.
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“She is the rare young female singer completely at home (and on pitch) when singing in a classic pop style. At the same time, many pop-jazz idioms between the 1950s and today are echoed in her voice and lend her phrasing a freewheeling ease and flexibility and a sense that she can go anywhere at any moment.” -Stephen Holden, New York Times
“Quirky and unpredictable barely begins to describe this young pianist/singer’s oeuvre.” – City Pages
“lovably idiosyncratic cabaret savant Nellie McKay is all over the musical map. One of America’s great eccentric musical treasures delivers it all with uncanny sass, diverse musicality and a big wink.” – Jon Bream, Star Tribune