Dayna Kurtz w/Robert Mache
When Kurtz sings, one of two things typically happens. Either she lets out a deep, husky croon that seems to bubble up from her toes, or she unleashes a full-throttle roar thats more inviting than imposingTheres no logical reason why Dayna Kurtz is not a full blown star. - -
- James Reed, Boston Globe
Over the past decade, the New Jersey born, now New Orleans (and seasonal Vermont) resident vocalist/writer/musician/producer has been bestowed with many awards and praises, including being named the Female Songwriter of the Year by the National Academy of Songwriters. Norah Jones and Bonnie Raitt have raved about her in interviews, and she's performed on such high-profile radio shows as World Cafe, Mountain Stage and NPR's Morning Edition and Tell Me More. She's toured and opened for the likes of Elvis Costello, Richard Thompson, Mavis Staples, Rufus Wainwright, B.B. King, Dr. John, Richie Havens, Keren Ann, Chris Whitley, and the Blind Boys of Alabama.
Daynas new disc, Here, Vol. 1, is a live record with career spanning tracks, culled from her 2016 Dutch theater tour with guitarist Robert Mache. It manages to capture the heart-stopping edge-of-your-seat mesmerized silence that Dayna Kurtz seems to magic from her audiences. I began my career as background music in crowded beach bars, explains Kurtz, and I used to make a game of seeing what it would take to shut people up. I got good at it. Although theres some tricks to it, it was really more a kind of witchcraft than anything - I learned to draw whatever power and attention there was in the room being sent my way and sent it back out again. Other people got caught in the loop and started paying attention too. And as long as the crowd wasnt shitfaced or distracted by a TV I could usually get them. It was good training, even now that my audiences are more inclined to listening already anyway. I write music that requires some attention.
On her work and friendship with Robert Mache (Continental Drifters, Steve Wynn) Kurtz says, Ive loved Roberts playing for such a long time, and weve been friends longer than weve been touring partners he was one of the first musicians to befriend me in New Orleans. That we had such undeniable chemistry has been one of the greater recent gifts of my life, and I just wanted to document it somehow, and quite a few people in my life including my label have suggested a live record. Id been hesitant, only because theres only a few live records I listen to with the devotion Id give a beloved studio record. Its notoriously really difficult to capture the feeling of being there in the dark experiencing it. Then the challenge of it intrigued me.
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