Nina Storey at The Soiled Dove Underground
August 2, 2019
Photos by David A. Barber
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Nina Storey – The Soiled Dove – February 26, 2000
By Alex Teitz
When Nina Storey plays in Colorado, it’s more than a show. It’s an event. This stands true more so now than ever. Storey just recently partnered for a nationwide record distribution, has reached a point of local stardom few can match. Tonight was in everyone’s mind, the last time to see Nina at such an intimate venue.
The Soiled Dove was packed both on stage, and in the seats. The audience ranged in ages from the low twenties to mid fifties. All had heard of Nina, but there were many newcomers.
The night began with Frank Schultz, one of the owners of the Soiled Dove, introducing the first group. Schultz told of watching them change over time, and how the Soiled Dove is encouraging local artists with their Sunday night Local’s Launch program. The first act was two members of the band Tinker’s Punishment, Michael and Kenny playing an acoustic set. They were the surprise of the night. Their vocal melodies, and layered guitars were much more captivating than when played electric. Their songs and lyrics were well thought through. “June Cleaver” was a breakup song. “Weekend” was a realization of loneliness. Although Tinker’s Punishment stands a good male band, Michael and Kenny did show amazing depth playing acoustic.
Next up, after another introduction by Schultz, was The Ryan Tracy Band. This is another electric band that was forced to go acoustic. The freedom of this form was best evident in J.D. Sawyer playing acoustic guitar with rhythms and melodies that were broad spanning and right up to the mark. It should not go unnoticed that the new drummer, Michael Rice, although trapped in minimal space, and with a sparse kit that did not even include snares, had great command. FEMMUSIC will watch his progression closely.
The lead singers of the Ryan Tracy Band are Ryan Tracy and Anitra Carr. Their sound is often compared to Natalie Merchant with good reason. The bands’ originals are complex and catchy. That night they included “Will” and “All The Same.” The set also included the cover track for their new CD called “Rain Won’t Stop” which the band was just heading into the studio to record. Look for it soon.
The set wasn’t complete until Ernie Hargett, a manager of The Soiled Dove, got on stage and wowed the audience with “Got My Mojo Working.” Hargett is the hidden jewel at the Dove. Any chance seeing him on stage is a must.
Finally, The Nina Storey Band took to the stage. Nina, dressed in patterned pants and a black shirt and black jacket, took the audience from the first note and didn’t let go until the encore. Storey has an amazing range and vocal control that does impress those twice her age. Storey played songs from all three of her CD’s including “Change Me,” Her new national single “Let Us Walk,” “Crown,” “If I Was An Angel,” “Better Man,” and “False Ideas.” In all she played for nearly two hours and twenty songs including a new song, “Travel On” which had Nina playing the keyboard. She will soon master it. Early on there were problems with feedback, and Storey did complain of monitor problems as well. Unless one watched for them, the flaws were imperceptible.
Storey is on her way as a national artist. This was a farewell show as much as anything. Next time Storey returns she will rule the marquis of the 3000+ venues versus the Dove’s three hundred.
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By Alex Teitz
Of all the places to hold a benefit the Buell Theater doesn’t immediately come to mind. This is a 5000 seat house designed for the touring productions of Tony winning shows and the overpriced tickets that accompany them. At the beginning of November it was transformed.
Gone were the pretenses of class or race, or in some cases, politeness. Instead the Theater was coming alive that night for two great performances: Nina Storey, and Indigenous.
The Theater was still barely filling when Nina Storey and her band took to the stage. Storey continues the Shades tour, and her set was filled with songs from that CD. Nina Storey was dressed in black and sang as passionately that night, as FEMMUSIC knows she did, opening for Johnny Lang’s US Tour.
Storey is a blues singer of the highest caliber. Her band is tight, and they work with each other in a synchronist motion. Storey’s songs included “Let Us Walk”, “If I Were An Angel”, “Crown”, and “If I Met A Man.” Storey’s voice echoed in the cavernous space of Buell even to the end of her set. The space was both intimate, and too large.
Now rumor has it there was a second band that night. FEMMUSIC does not agree. Lewis and Floorwax, two local deejays, think they can play instruments. They’ve found a group of experienced musicians who want to perpetuate this fantasy with them. They call themselves the Groove Hawgs, and play covers of blues standards. The best thing to be said is that with the exception of Lewis and Floorwax the talent of one Groove Hawg can drive a band by itself. The realistic thing to be said is that Lewis and Floorwax drive the Groove Hawgs off a steep cliff by not knowing if they want to be deejays, musicians, or comedians. So far they have proven themselves bad at all three. That night was no exception.
The headliner that night was Indigenous. Indigenous is a group of four Nakota siblings from South Dakota. Indigenous has played blues with the likes of B.B. King, Johnny Lang and others. Read our short interview with Nte. Friday November 5, the night FEMMUSIC saw them, was the same weekend they won three awards at the Native American Music Awards.
Indigenous plays blues incorporating strong lead guitars, and bass with blues, rock and rockabilly. Where Nina Storey’s voice echoed in Theater, Indigenous overpowered it. The levels seemed set for an outdoor event, not an intimate benefit.
The music is strong, and well done. For being as relatively young as they are, Indigenous plays hard. Keep an eye out for this group. Much more is on the way.
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