MCCALLA CASTS "A CHARMING, RESONANT SPELL" (THE GUARDIAN)
Leyla McCalla – Carolina Chocolate Drops member and vocalist/cellist whose solo album 'Vari-Colored Songs: A Tribute To Langston Hughes' will be released February 4 on Music Maker Relief Foundation – has been added to an APAP showcase January 10 at City Winery with Wesley Stace hosting. She joins a bill with Stace (formerly John Wesley Harding), David Wax Museum, Arc Iris (Jocie Adams, formerly of The Low Anthem), Joy Kills Sorrow, Sam Lee, and Grace & Tony.
'Vari-Colored Songs' is a stunning solo debut consisting of original music set to Langston Hughes music; Haitian folk songs; and two originals.
WHO: Leyla McCalla, on a bill with David Wax Museum, Arc Iris, Joy Kills Sorrow, and others
WHAT: Wesley Stace's APAP Showcase
WHEN: Friday, January 10, 2014, 6:00pm doors, 8:00pm start
WHERE: City Winery, 155 Varick St, NYC
TICKETS: $18, 20, 25 at City Winery box office and CityWinery.com
There is already buzz in the UK, where she has played on three BBC programs and the Guardian made her subject of a profile and a four-star review, saying that the album casts "a charming, resonant spell." Last month, she opened for Mavis Staples. Clive Davis of the Times (UK) called 'Vari-Colored Songs' a "triumph… unforgettable." Meanwhile, Songlines Magazine named 'Vari-Colored Songs' one of its top ten new albums, calling it "exquisite," continuing, "Anyone who's seen the Carolina Chocolate Drops will have been warmed by this young woman's artistry… this exploration of the city's under-explored Caribbean currents is most welcome; the Big Easy is, after all, as close – both geographically and culturally – to Port-au-Prince as it is to New York City."