When: Fri., March 16, 8 p.m. 2012
Make no mistake about it – Steff Mahan is mad. The kind of madness that captivates to the point you find yourself staring at the disheveled man on the side of the road screaming to no one in particular, evoking scriptures and in the same breath cursing at the clouds. Madness that comes from blind love, where you would sacrifice gladly your very identity and drive off the side of a mountain chasing it with a smile on your face. It’s the same madness that inspires a lyric that cuts you so deep your blood runs blue. That’s Steff Mahan’s madness. It’s not conventional, nor methodical.
Cari Ray was born into a musical family and raised on a rural Indiana farm, her musical roots were planted in bluegrass, blues and southern gospel. And while her style lands solidly in the Roots/Americana category, flavors of her early influences peek through in her songs. The Cash-esque “Red Line” will take you rattling down the tracks with a jilted lover while the ballad “Lighting” will stir you with a story about passionate love with poor timing. Whether relaying triumph or tragedy, her songs have a universal quality that allows the listener to effortlessly drop into the story and live it for him or herself.
Price: $12/ $15 (DOS).