I saw her again last night (actually, last week but I can't pass up the opportunity to use the title of a classic 60s song with one of the best-known and preserved miscues in popular music). This was on the day that Harper Lee died.
Nellie visited Motorco | with Parts&Labor
and delivered a great performance, solo on piano and uke. She was, as they say, ON that night. Well worth the trip to see and hear.
One of the tunes I enjoyed immensely is one that helped rocket Marlene Dietrich to fame and is perfect for that type of setting, which is pretty much a beer hall that's great fun. I'd not heard Nellie's version, but found a video that gives a good idea:
By the way, Miss Dietrich had a very interesting relationship to her native Germany at the time she appeared (in the 30s, and you know what was going on around that time and after).
Nellie was funny as always, and most of her comments were directed towards the current, ahem, "interesting" season, meaning political in nature, so I won't go there. After all, there's that Mod Squad constantly patrolling the e-r.org waters like U-boats armed with torpedoes for violators from the aforementioned adversary of the Allies...
She was able to stay around and talk with attendees afterward for a while, and that's a bonus. I mentioned it was my 5th time going to her shows (I guess I am approaching "Dead Head" territory now!). The first time I recall distinctly, it was in beautiful Eugene, OR at the time Nellie released her third album, Obligatory Villagers
, an excellent one (but too short). That album opens with the following tune that I've posted before but which is amazingly still relevant/funny today (the album came out in 2007):
After the show, I told Nellie about Harper Lee (she hadn't heard, but was very sad to learn of it) and asked her to sign a card as if it were from Scout Finch to Boo Radley. She liked that idea and wrote: "Hey Boo, shimmy under the porch n see m'sometime. Love, Scout (Nellie)".
Now, that's a keeper!