With the notion that all great art is born from suffering often testing true, Flagpole would like to offer a departure from the presumption that said suffering is solely an artistâ€™s to endure.Â We present as evidence Betsy Kingston, local heartbreaker dispensing sorrow, at least in song. This evening with her band, The Crowns, featuring talented multi-instrumentalist Joe Dinnan, Kingston marks the release of her independent debut, Blue Laws.
The Savannah-raised songstress with the Southern velvet voice shares some insight on her new album (produced by Dinnan) and the soirÃ©e celebrating its arrival.
â€œWe recorded most of [Blue Laws] at the Magic Closet in Portland, OR,” says Kingston. “It rained 10 out of 10 days there, which is fortunate, because I only write about sad and angry things,â€ she adds dryly, making it impossible to determine where her tongue is in relation to the cheek.Â
After Portland, the band did some mixing in Sacramento, CA.Â And then they started working with a studio in Nashville where they recorded, among others, â€œYou Look Like I Need a Drink,â€ a song whose title alone would likely sell-out the Georgia Theatre on any given evening. Â Finally, there was work left to be done in New Yorkâ€¦
So, is crisscrossing the country a recording strategy sheâ€™d recommend to her peers? Â â€œItâ€™s not the most cost-effective,â€ she laughs, adding, â€œI think weâ€™ll do it differently the next time aroundâ€”although we loved everyone we worked with, and we loved all of the studios involved.â€
This is Kingston & the Crowns’ first appearance at the Georgia Theatre. Kingston says to expect the unexpected at this free show. â€œHopefully thereâ€™s going to be some jugglingâ€”freaks, sex, whatever.Â This town is so spoiled, you knowâ€”anything to get them in the doorâ€¦ And then thereâ€™s the musicâ€¦”Â
As for the music, Kingston is just as comfortable oozing diva attitude (â€œUse Meâ€) as she is drifting into ethereal waters (â€œThe Ed Oo Songâ€). It’s a CD release party: the perfect opportunity to watch her do both.
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