Antje Duvekot, Opener: Kwesi Kankam
Ellis Paul has called Antje Duvekot (AUNT-yuh DOO-va-kott) "the next great American folk singer-songwriter. " Not enough of a recommendation? Legendary rock critic Dave Marsh calls Antje a "terrific writer and singer, with the instincts to do things right, over and over and over."
Born in Germany, Antje came to the U.S. as a teen. Following the path of Natalie Merchant, Dar Williams, and Patty Griffin, she's still something of an outsider, with a fresh poetic palette. Her last album, "The Near Demise of the High Wire Dancer," was voted the best release of the year by the listeners of the influential Boston radio station WUMB.
Her newest CD, New Siberia, which was released in September, 2012, goes even further into the heart. Antje says "it includes a song about my mother that took me 20 years to write ('Phoenix'), a song about my dreams of making music becoming shattered ('The Life of a Princess'), and a song about not fitting into high school ('Glamorous Girls').''
No one writes quite like Antje, who was influenced lyrically by the very greats - Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon and Leonard Cohen, who are Mt. Rushmore-like figures to her. Producer Neil Dorfsman, who has worked with Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Sting puts it best: "She creates an entire, detailed world in verse, and takes you there with beautiful and understated melody. Her songs are stunning paintings of color and shade." And Dave Marsh, once again wraps it up with, "Antje is the whole package."
Opener: Kwesi Kankam - More info and listen at: http://kwesikankam.bandcamp.com/