Riley Downing of The Deslondes with special guest Kassi Valazza
About This Event
Riley DowningYou may know Riley Downing from his work with acclaimed New Orleans combo the Deslondes, or perhaps from his similarly rootsy and wide-ranging catalog of songs with the Tumbleweeds indeed, the Missouri-based singer-songwriters ability to set gripping, evocative narratives within soundscapes that weave together country, blues, folk, r deep, dusty and drawling, its an instrument that can stop you in your tracks with its character and expressiveness, as well as through Downings knack for laying out complex emotions in plainspoken, direct language.Kassi ValazzaKassi Valazza has a viscous, light gold voice. It swirls around in your head like whiskey in a snifter; vaporous, and intoxicating. For most of her album Dear Dead Days pedal steel and electric guitar lope along at half time, the in-pocket rhythm section booming from deep in the low end. Its frequencies penetrate your flesh. The songs reverberate off your bones. Her lyrics drip down the inside of your skull. Musicians with Southwest origins dependably bring a languorous relaxation the slow pace, a defense against the oppressive heat of the high desert and a grim sense of gravitas, having walked among the bleached bones and arid landscapes. At times Valazza sings as if her lyrics are smoke shes exhaling. You get the hint: Valazza is pretty goddamn good at writing a sad song but theres another element, a painted desert, coloured canyon walls at sunset, endless sky vision. Kassi will be your peyote coyote; a guide through these psychedelic vistas. Here shes found a way to trap the world of cheaters, drifters, lovers and leavers in amber. Wander from your own woes, and come walk with Valazzas.