Marisa Anderson | Reckless Records | In-Stores | Chicago Reader
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When: Fri., Oct. 4, 5:30 p.m. 2013
Portland guitarist Marisa Anderson, who cut her teeth in the Evolutionary Jass Band and the Dolly Ranchers, has made two solo albums whose short instrumental pieces sound too considered and lived-in to be improvised, even though they are—the latest and best, Mercury (Mississippi), came out in June. Anderson doesn’t wipe the table clean and start from nothing; she has an easy fluency in the blues, fingerstyle tropes, and old-time traditions, and she uses these warmly familiar idioms as vehicles for exploration. She plays mostly electric guitar, sometimes with a pure, ringing tone (the creeping, lyrical “Embudo” or the stately “Hesitation Theme and Variation Blues”) and sometimes with a bit of distortion and a slide (the infectiously rambling “Galax” or the stinging “The New Country,” which bears Neil Young’s influence). Sometimes a track will peter out as though Anderson simply ran out of ideas, but this warts-and-all approach has its own appeal, especially given the impressive structural cohesion she imparts to most of these 16 off-the-cuff pieces. —Peter Margasak Marisa Anderson also plays at Hideout at 10 PM.



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