I’m always in the mood to hear great new music. You know…something you’ve never heard before, yet when you do, it’s like you have been humming it since the day you were born. Something that transcends terms such as “old” or “new”. It’s rare to find, and when you do it makes you feel very lucky. Well, recently I felt as if I may have hit the jackpot.
I was browsing the flagcast on Radioflag (one of the best places I’ve found to discover great new music), and a DJ from WHCS in New York by the name of Matt Josephson, said he was going to be interviewing singer/songwriter Janet LaBelle. Intrigued, I decided to tune in. I didn’t know what to expect from Janet, but I’ve heard a couple of Matt’s previous interviews on his show, The Warehouse, and just knew I wouldn’t be let down.
When it began I immediately noticed LaBelle had a captivating voice, and a charming personality as well. I soon learned she has been in various other bands in past years such as a punk band called “Avery”, which had a couple of their songs air on the children’s television station Nickelodeon. Honestly, when I heard this, my expectations plummeted. However, soon enough the girl started singing, and let me tell you…she can Sing with a capital “S”.
Suddenly, I felt like I was in a coffee shop in 1960′s Greenwich Village. Yeah, the same place that saw faces like “Mississippi” John Hurt, Dave Van Ronk and Melanie Safka. Being an avid folk fan, I thoroughly enjoyed her entire acoustic set, which included a cover of the old Safka song “Baby Guitar”. Soon enough Matt said he was going to play some of her studio material, which I normally don’t enjoy nearly as much as a live performance. But in the end I truly loved her recordings, which maintain a raw edge while still sounding quite clean. In fact, it’s hard for me to say which I liked better.
If you missed it live, here is a clip of Janet LaBelle’s live in-studio performance on WHCS’s The Warehouse:
No matter what kind of music you dig, do yourself a favor and give this girl a chance. She brings to the table a little folk, rock and blues, and together they form some fantastic tunes.
Find out more about her at www.JanetLaBelle.com and be sure to check out her songs “Heaven Can Burn”, “Without You” and “Apologies” to get a taste of what you’re missing.
By Fine Tuned
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