Coming to town this week: Nicole Atkins


When I went to see The Pipettes earlier this year, the opening act was the incomprable Nicole Atkins who channels the best of many things I love in singers.

Reverb: Why I love Neko Case ( and Brandi Carlile ) as well.

Mystery: Why I love Patsy Cline as well.

Girl Groups: Why I love Ronnie Spector / The Pipettes

And some associated words: Robert Johnson, Mississippi, San Francisco, rainswept streets, Nashville water, postcards, coney island baby, lou reed, cassocks and lace, revolvers, The Bible, motel rooms with suspicious stains, serial killers, crossroads, the lights on line-runner trucks.

At the end of it all, allow me to summarize: Nicole Atkins