Quite an interesting mix of area talent coalescing tonight at Lakewood Bar and Grill: Amber Farris, front person for Somebody's Darling, will be joined by Taylor Davis, Cully Woods and Nicholas Altobelli for an evening of sensitive, acoustic meanderings.
Possessing a powerhouse set of pipes, Farris can deliver the goods in a variety of styles besides the alt-country of Somebody's Darling. Expect her to wander off into some well-suited pop and soul numbers before the evening is finished.
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Speaking of soul, Cully Woods is certainly capable of some poignant flights of fancy as he shows off his prowess on piano. A bit too hypersensitive for my taste, Woods is still a talent worth investigating.
Taylor Davis is just an outright nerd, but that's not necessarily a bad thing: "I write some words and put them in a song and sing it every night / eventually I'll make a record with all my heart that no one will ever hear," sings Davis on "Is it OK," demonstrating a candid pathos more mature than his tender 25 years of age would suggest. Alone on a stage seems like the perfect place for Davis to be.
Altobelli fancies himself a local version of Ryan Adams, but Altobelli's a lot less petulant (but not a lot less talented) than his main influence. Seemingly writing a new song every ten minutes, Altobelli's already working on his third full-length effort, The Regulator. Despite the title sounding like a Rhett Miller castoff, the new Altobelli record should be another fine slab of folk/country.
All in all, a great foursome of singer/songwriters all ready to bare their souls to all who care to attend...