Sunday, July 3, 2011
Cass Eager & The Velvet Rope - Down On MY Knees
05 - Long Way Round
06 - Down On My Knees (Extended)
Cass Eager’s sound travels the gamut from soul to blues, folk to funk and roots to reggae. Her distinctive pipes and guitar playing have drawn comparisons to everyone from Bonnie Raitt to Jack Johnson, Nina Simone and Ben Harper . . . with a hint of Janis Joplin always thrown in. Despite these comparisons, ‘soul sister Cass is no pale imitation’ (NDL). She’s been described as ‘one of Sydney’s most gifted singer-songwriters, whose refreshingly honest, raspy, almost Joplin-esque like voice is hers alone, and whose eclectic songwriting will spellbind the listener.’ (Drum Media). On stage, Cass is armed with an acoustic and lap steel guitar, electric ukulele and stompbox.
Her debut album ‘Beautiful Day’ (MGM/littlebliss) released in Australia in 2007, is a stunning collection of tunes spanning soul to blues, folk to gospel, roots to reggae. From the reggae-tinged groove of the crowd favourite title track ‘Beautiful Day’ to the killer slide-guitar blues of ‘Take These Wings’ and heartfelt soulfulness of ‘Sister’, the instrumentation running through these songs adapt to fit the feel, from slide guitar to hammond and rhodes piano, harmonica, violins, stompbox and ukelele. Most are with Cass’s trademark rhythmic acoustic guitar sound, and all with Cass’s husky-soaked vocals and effortless melodies bringing them to life. Her first single ‘Beautiful Day’ has already charted in the Top 10 on Canadian Radio (Festival) and debuted at No.27 on the US Roots Music Report.