I'm not sure how many more times I can tell you that Karen and the Sorrows' Queer Country Monthly showcase is one of the best things to do in New York City. The sense of community is palpable and wonderful. There's nothing better than a late night set where everyone knows each other, and you're all caught up in the music.
One of the biggest contributors to QCM is DK and the Joy Machine (otherwise known as a dulcimer.) (Incidentally, you should check out her monthly Songbird Series.) DK's songs are delightfully eclectic -- swinging from love songs to feral cats, love songs to feral women, traditional folk, punk (yes, on the dulcimer), and poetry by William Butler Yeats. It all hangs together on DK's wry sense of humor and crooked smile.
DK usually performs by herself at QCM, so I enjoyed hearing a band flesh out her sound on the album. It's especially vivid on "Four Walls" and "Lay Me Down Easy." DK's isolation stands out in stark contrast to the soundscape that softens the edge...at least a little bit. These emotional crests are softened by sillier songs like "Stay Cool" and "Fuck You, Dad!" It's a collection of great music. Aaaaaaaaaand if you're in New York you can hear it all live at DK's release party on Monday, April 27th at 7 at Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3. (Order your tickets now because that room is itty bitty!)
DK and the Joy Machine -- Official, Facebook, CDBaby
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