1 February 2019
Andrew Delaney opens
Singer-songwriter Jill Sobule rose to fame on the strength of her 1995 hit single “I Kissed a Girl,” and “Super Model,” which was on the soundtrack of the popular film, Clueless. Sobule’s songs feature strong character studies, insightful perspectives about culture, and simultaneously tug your heartstrings and tap your funny bones. ¶ Andrew Delaney is equally and uniquely talented and opens the show.
Concert starts at 8:00 pm
Jill Sobule’s “I Kissed a Girl” was cool long before Katy Perry delivered a huge hit with the same title. This was no surprise to Jill’s hard-core group of fans who love the quirky songs and her brilliant style of storytelling. Many music journalists have noted that her folk-inflected compositions share many of the same elements as those by iconic songwriters such as Warren Zevon, Harry Nillson, Loudon Wainwright III, and Randy Newman.
The New York Times cites Jill for making “grown-up music for an adolescent age.” Her latest recording, Nostalgia Kills, turns her warm wit and poet’s eye on herself more than ever before, revisiting moments from throughout her life that made her into the person she is today. It’s an especially poignant look back at childhood — “exorcizing some junior high school demons,” as she puts it. For all its graceful, funny and heartbreaking explorations of awkward youth and grown-up regrets, Nostalgia Kills is as of-the-moment as anything in Jill Sobule’s catalog.
Through her own experiences, Jill explores issues our society still struggles with and gently skewers our tendency to dwell on the past at the expense of addressing the present. As she sings on the title track: “We look at ourselves in a long row of mirrors/We get smaller and smaller with each passing year/We have to keep moving or die.”
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Andrew Delaney of Arlington, TX has been an unorthodox voice in the songwriter scene for a decade. In that time, he has self-released nine full-length albums, won numerous accolades for his writing, and had his songs recorded and performed by artists all over the United States. He is a consummate storyteller, often hilarious and heavy in the same breath. Delaney’s ability to entertain even while speaking on the darkest of subjects led Rich Warren of WFMT Radio, Chicago to call him “The Alfred Hitchcock of singer-songwriters.”
- Jill Sobule can claim her place among the stellar New York singer-songwriters of the last decade. Topical, funny and more than a little poignant . . . grown-up music for an adolescent age. New York Times
- Few artistic voices are as lucid, inspired and endowed with grace and humor as Jill Sobule’s. The Spokesman Review
- Jill Sobule’s name cannot ever be mentioned again without first referencing a certain girl-kissing song. And if your perception of Sobule is that of a one-hit wonder, that’s a shame. hyrbridmagazine.com
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- [Andrew Delaney is] the Alfred Hitchcock of singer/songwriters. Rich Warren, WMFT Chicago
- Delaney doesn’t spin his own personal T.M.I. into our laps. Rather, he draws from it to craft creaky, wooden yarns that stir your insides. Alan Ayo, Dallas Observer
- I’ve known Andrew for years and his stuff keeps getting better and better. He’s a unique Texas voice. Corb Lund, JUNO Award winning singer-songwriter