Ball of Wax 31 Originals: Colin J. Nelson – Bourbon and Tea

[Ball of Wax 31, as previously announced, will feature 15 local songwriters and bands all covering each other’s songs. Between now and the release show on March 9th, I will share the originals with you to provide a little background, and perhaps a deeper appreciation of the CD and show. (Which is March 9th. Did I mention that? March 9th. Columbia City Theater.)]

Shenandoah Davis has built a formidable following both locally and farther afield with her exquisite piano playing and intimate, very-American (a little blues, a little folk, a little jazz) songs. For Ball of Wax 31 Shenandoah chose “Bourbon and Tea” from Colin J. Nelson’s Posies and Teeth album. In Shenandoah’s hands, “Bourbon and Tea” is a pre-war carnival waltz punctuated with sliding background vocals that sound a little like an Ondes Martenot. ┬áColin’s original is more frenetic, electric and layered. ┬áBoth are outstanding.

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