An interview with Allie by Kathy Sands-Boehmer of Me & Thee Coffeehouse in Marblehead, MA is featured today on the No Depression website. Allie is joining five other artists this weekend at Me & Thee and Concerts in the Crossing in Titusville, NJ to feature the songs of the great songwriter and 70′s icon Carole King. The show will also be repeated at Godfrey Daniels in Bethlehem, PA on Friday, March 28.
About Carole King, Allie had this to say in her interview:
“Carole was a late discovery for me. I had been likened to King before I actually heard her music. But when I did and now that I have, I feel like I finally have a woman in musical history who I can look to, who I feel like I understand the ins and outs of where she’s coming from musically, because I feel the same way. Even though I haven’t met her, I feel like I have a musical mentor.”
Read the entire interview here.
“For the past couple of years, a bunch of pop music has been taking its cues from dance beats, that regimented pulse evident even in hits from acoustic folkies like Mumford. In each of their heydays, Elton John, Billy Joel and Ben Folds showed us that there are other, more supple ways to arrive at the catchiest part of a song, and piano-playing local singer-songwriter Allie Farris has the goods to drive the lesson home once again. She’s the product of some formal training — from jazz studies with Norah Jones’ former piano teacher to songwriting courses at Berklee College of Music — but she’s mostly worked her style out on club stages from here to Club Passim. That’s why it makes good sense that she’s recording her new album in front of a live audience at this show, with piano-pop kindred spirit Gabe Dixon in her backing band. Here’s hoping her billowing ballad “How Is Your Love (Tonight)” isn’t the only artfully finessed, classic pop melodrama she has in her back pocket. Lord knows that’s something we haven’t heard in a while.”
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