by Katharine W. Poole
For Women of Music Music of Women
WMMW Monday Night Spotlight brought a new level of performance to the Opryland area; The Music City Bar & Grill has an excellent staff and an extensive American bar menu to satisfy all types of cravings. The latest addition to the weekly women gigs attracted an eclectic crowd of music lovers seeking blues, country and rockin’ artists. The opening act, Lori Dixon and PJ Ju jump started the night with a beautiful acoustic set highlighting both singer/songwriters with equal balance and beautiful harmonic delivery.
Lori’s soft Country vocals complimented tales of a homesick girl promising to not “…miss another birthday…” PJ’s passionate and diverse lyrics changed it up, adding some humor with commentary. “This one is written [for a male] Country Artist,” she laughed before belting out a powerful cut and following up with God Bless The US Highway, a tongue-in-cheek tale of breaking up.
Headliner Cat Beach took the stage with her sexy, soulful presence and captured the audience with an energy that threw sparks. A set that combined her own bluesy writing intermingled with covers in notable arrangements. Her enthusiastic performance was enhanced by newest addition to the band, Lo Carter as back-up vocalist; these women complement each other well. Cat graciously shared the stage with her stellar band, all Berklee grads, giving them a chance to be recognized in their own right. Highlights included a slid-in Purple Rain guitar lick by Andre Madatian a solo performance by Lo Carter; and a cover of John Mayer’s Gravity by keyboard player Justin lacey, who’s voice brought the house down.
Cat’s own Does This Groove Make My Butt Look Big was, as ever, the hit of the night. Her unique twist on The Black Crowes She Talks to Angels proved a welcome addition to this band’s repertoire. About A Girl was an apropos choice for the WMMW Spotlight, with the skill of two strong female vocalists, (Beach and Carter,) belting the anthem out in support of historic famous women. Cat Beach and her band are definitely an act to catch. Don’t miss her next performance at Music City Bar and Grill, as she opens for Annie Kennedy on May 23rd 6:30PM. The full band will play again on June 6th at 6:30PM.