Continued from The Ocean Floor review.
The audience remained seated for the rest of the show. Lauren Farrah’s colorfully decorated guitar made her look a little like a female, punk rock version of Woody Guthrie. A cellist and percussionist accompanied her. She said her upright bass player couldn’t make it because he was feeling sick. She opened with “You are my Sunshine”, which she described as “a song I wrote a couple days ago that I’m pretty stoked on”. Someone joked that the song didn’t have enough bass.
“This is another amazing song I wrote by Tom Waits called ‘Green Grass’. I can’t really sing it like him.” She proceeded to make the audience laugh by singing a few lines in Waits’ signature gravel tone. Her cover was very soulful and harmonious, unlike the mixed reviews of Scarlett Johansson’s first musical effort.
Lauren Farrah’s vocal style is similar to Kate Nash and Regina Spektor with a pinch of Kimya Dawson. My only complaint is that she seemed very reserved on stage. This came as a surprise after seeing her dance so enthusiastically during The Hunger Artists’ set.
Ah Holly Fam’ly consists of Shannon Steele (violin/vocals) and Jeremy Faulkner (vocals/guitar). Jeremy introduced himself and “Shannon, who you already met musically”, then played “Strawberry Blonde”. If The Ocean Floor is ideal for driving in the snow, Ah Holly Fam’ly is perfect for cuddling with a loved one and a cup of hot cocoa during the winter.
Jeremy apologized for his odd stage banter, which included Joshua Tree National Park, Arizona weather, hamburgers, and the challenges of having sex with a mermaid. He asked if anyone read “the article about the show”, and Troy from The Hunger Artists identified me as the author. Jeremy noted, “Shannon of Ah Holly Fam’ly should have been Shannon of The Ocean Floor”.
They ended their thirty-minute set with “Pride, Love, and Country”.
I briefly spoke with Shannon before Tobie Milford’s set. She told me Ah Holly Fam’ly has been a two-piece for the past few months and will be recording an album that is “…a bit more subdued. It’s not country, its about country music, Jeremy has been digging a lot of it lately.” She also said, “some fans expect to see a full band after hearing Reservoir and are somewhat surprised to only see two people.”
She is working on the next Ocean Floor release, which includes the song “Your Legs Have Grown Too Long”. This song was dedicated to Jeremy of Ah Holly Fam’ly.
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