Upon first listening to Kendra Morris, I immediately recalled the vibe and emotion of Dusty Springfield’s landmark 1969 release “Dusty in Memphis.” While drawing a parallel to Dusty may seem obvious after you’ve heard Kendra’s 2012 release, Banshee, it’s worth noting that this songbird takes blue-eyed soul to a new and different level. You can’t just compare her to other soulful leading ladies. This chick is the real deal.
During the past few years, the New York singer has put her spin on covers ranging from Pink Floyd’s “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” to “Wicked Game” by Chris Isaak, and returns to Nashville tonight at The Basement at 9pm (with Blank Range & Julia Haltigan for only $5).
Today a new track from her upcoming release (a covers LP entitled Mockingbird) — premiered this morning on Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy blog. While we at No Country share mixed feelings about Radiohead (or mostly just their hardcore fans, ok? Their fans can be really annoying.), I don’t think there’s any argument that this track maintains the emotion of the original release, but is an entirely different animal in itself. Me-ow.
Check out her video for “If You Didn’t Go” from her 2012 release, Banshee, below: