Clare Burson, with whom I work at the Tenement Museum in the Lower East Side, happens to not only have amazing skills relaying the true stories from the past at our dear 97 Orchard Street tenement, but her abilities extend and are really the truest when she's equipped with her guitar and a microphone.
This woman, let me tell you, is quite the talent. She has a new album coming out soon entitled Silver and Ash and has plenty of former albums to whet your whistle before that one hits shelves. Born in Nashville, Tennessee, her Indie rock style brings to mind such masterful songstresses as Aimee Mann and Shawn Colvin, adept at strumming the strings of her guitar and playing a little fiddle now and again. Her lyrics are nostalgic and simply done bringing quiet thoughts of other places and times - a refreshing break from the speed and attitude of New York City. She is undoubtedly most enjoyable live - her chatting between songs and sets is endearing and entertaining - however her albums do a stand up job of relaying the human truth in her sound.
If you like Indie rock and soulful stylings, she is your gal.
Samples of the Sound:
Take Good Care
Clare's Official Website
Her former albums are also available on iTunes, if you search for Clare Burson.
Clare also did the audience a favor and brought in a friend of hers to open the show, yet another very talented gentleman: Peter Bradley Adams. Again, highly recommended, however we only heard a few minutes of what this guy can do. Despite that, I was still impressed.
**(FYI, Clare has no idea I'm posting this. We are just coworkers and I happened to see her live a few nights ago and have since become one of her many many fans)**