New Orleans singer/songwriter Dayna Kurtz comes to the Boston area June 5 for a show at Johnny D's as part of the clubs Leading Ladies Series. This will be her first show in the states after a two week tour of Europe.
Dayna is on the road supporting her just released recording Rise And Fall. Show time is 8PM and more info can be found here. The new recording Rise And Fall was released on March 31 and Dayna has performed on the Syndicated radio programs Mountain Stage and eTown. The recording has received some incredible reviews!
a soulful exorcism of longing - James Reed of the Boston Globe
She’s a singer/songwriter with the forthrightness of a farm girl and the wiles of a New York cabaret veteran, a superb vocalist and a deft painter of emotions with simple, effective strokes. - John Swenson -Offbeat Magazine
Throughout the album, Kurtz sings with a soul singer’s warmth that tempers the negotiated nature of desire that she examines on the album. - Alex Rawls of My Spilt Milk
It is great to hear an amazing voice but indescribable to hear an amazing soul. Thus Rise And Fall and Dayna Kurtz are indescribable. I’m grateful for the discovery of a new old friend. - Madeleine Peyroux
Her voice is so warm and soulful, and I'm really struck by what a wonderful poet she is! My God, her lyrics are deep and soulful to the bone! - Maria Muldaur
Rise and Fall's soul-baring songcraft and impassioned performances are the product of an extended period during which the artist experienced a series of major life changes. "These songs are the product of the last few years of my life, which were pretty heavy," Kurtz notes. "My father died. My marriage ended. I moved from Brooklyn to New Orleans. I had a couple years of wild oat-sowing, and then I found a grand new love. There's been a lot to think about and a lot to write about, and all of that is in these songs."
Kurtz co-produced Rise and Fall with longtime collaborator Randy Crafton at his Kaleidoscope Sound studio in Union City, NJ, with a musical cast that includes such longtime associates as guitarist Robert Mache (Continental Drifters, Swinging Madisons), bassist David Richards (Linda Thompson, Richie Havens), keyboardist/accordionist Peter Vitalone (Elske DeWall) and drummer Dan Rieser (Norah Jones, Amos Lee). Three tracks feature string arrangements by the acclaimed avant-classical foursome collectively known as Ethel, while noted French-Israeli alt-chanteuse Keren Ann adds her distinctive voice to "A Few Confessions."
Along the way, Kurtz has achieved such distinctions as being named Female Songwriter of the Year by the National Academy of Songwriters. Norah Jones (with whom she later recorded a duet) and Bonnie Raitt have raved about her in interviews, she's performed on such high-profile radio shows as World Cafe, Mountain Stage and NPR's Morning Edition, and her singing was featured in a widely seen TV commercial for a prominent American hotel chain.
Rich as the darkest Godiva chocolate, the voice gets into your bones until you can barely sleep at night and can’t get through the day without it – Paste