ASKEW INTRODUCES MISSISSIPPI DELTA WORD “JANKY” INTO THE MUSIC LEXICON
LA SHOWS THIS WEEKEND
SPIN posted a new track by fast-rising Americana artist Grace Askew,
calling her music "Captivating... beautifully haunting...
goosebump-inducing slide guitar improvisations. Channeling heartbreak
and anger, she comes out sounding astoundingly defiant, wise beyond her
Meanwhile, in an interview, she told American Songwriter, about her
sonic goal for ‘Scaredy Cat,’ to make it sound “janky,” which she says,
“is a Delta word for rough around the edges, but in a good way. It’s
raw, rough, raunchy, and Memphis.”
Early buzz has been strong. American Songwriter praised her “cool
Memphis style.” No Depression called her “a singer who’s pushing country
and blues boundaries with her super cool voice and great songwriting,
[opening] up a gritty world of bar stools, bad luck and bad habits,
unrequited love, hilltop liquor stores, and escape.”
Her hometown press has been just as effusive. The Memphis Flyer said,
"Askew is relentlessly creative.” The Memphis Commercial Appeal called
her a "pop culture shooting star." She has taped an episode of PBS Sun
Studio Sessions to air in 2015.
Angelinos: Grace will perform at LA’s Hotel Café on Saturday and at LA’s Silverlake Lounge on Sunday.