April 12th, 2015
Huffington Post – Michael Giltz
Nellie McKay has a new album and she’s ready to…storm the Bastille! Covering classic pop tunes from the 1960s, McKay brings alive the era when protest didn’t seem pointless, without ever losing her sense of humor or pop smarts. She’s on an extended tour and you don’t want to miss her terrific live shows, where McKay’s deadpan humor always threatens to — but never quite — gleefully upstage her musical chops. God knows if she wanted McKay could do stand-up, host a variety show or some day in my dreams run for President. (Though the PETA-friendly McKay might want to concede Texas right off the bat.)
Catch her if you can and you’ll be a fan for life. In New York, McKay is playing 54 Below from April 13-April 18, an ideal venue for seeing her since it’s in the heart of the theater district and it’s only a matter of time before McKay starts creating musical theater staged on Broadway.
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January 24th, 2015
Singer/songwriter and actress Nellie McKay is releasing the followup to 2010’s Home Sweet Mobile Home this year with My Weekly Reader on March 24. It’s a ’60s covers album that has her taking on songs by The Beatles, The Kinks, Crosby Stills & Nash, Small Faces, Frank Zappa, Herman’s Hermits, Steve Miller Band, Richard & Mimi Farina, Moby Grape, Country Joe McDonald, Gerry & the Pacemakers, The Cyrcle and Alan Price. Keeping with the ’60s theme, she recorded it with Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick. Her cover of Moby Grape‘s “Murder In My Heart for the Judge” came out a little while back and can be streamed below, and we’ve now got the premiere of her cover of another California psych/folk rock artist, Country Joe McDonald. She does “Not So Sweet Martha Lorraine,” as you can hear while you watch the very appropriate visual accompaniment (by The Joshua Light Show), below. Tracklist below too.
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