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Michaela Anne

  • Cactus Cafe
  • 2247 Guadalupe St.
  • Austin, TX 78705
  • November 4, 2016
  • Time: 8:00 PM

Special Guest: Carson McHone

Michaela Anne has already garnered considerable acclaim for her insightful songwriting. The New York Times praised the “plain-spoken songs of romantic regret and small-town longing� of her 2014 album, Ease My Mind (Kingswood Records), and the Village Voice listed it among its Top 5 Country Albums of the year. And her latest album, Bright Lights and the Fame (Kingswood Records), will undoubtedly continue that trend. Recorded at Farmland Studio in Nashville, it’s full of sharp observations and easy wit, with several upbeat numbers tailor-made for the nearest honky-tonk.

While there are gentler, more personal aspects to the album that recall her earlier work, Bright Lights and the Fame displays a newfound brashness, starting with the album’s cover image, in which Michaela Anne sports a bedazzled denim outfit, a vintage find that’s perfect for catching the spotlight. Michaela Anne can be pensive and tender on songs like the rueful “Easier Than Living� and the soul-baring “Star,� but she’s upbeat and swinging on tunes like the two-stepping title track and the hell-raising “Liquor Up.� As she explains, “My intention was to be honest with my songwriting but not just in a super-reflective way. I wanted to try and show the fun, free-spirited side of it as well.�

Michaela Anne