The Brits have long had a fascination with American music. From the Stones obsession with Muddy Waters to the legions of limey teenagers who fawn over the Kings of Leon, it's obvious that, across the pond, the American South is viewed as something culturally exotic. Nowhere is that more evident than on English transplant Holly Golightly and her one-man backing band The Brokeoffs 2008 offering Dirt Don't Hurt. You could play someone any of Golightly's baker's-dozen records and easily fool them into thinking it was a genuine article from the '60s. On Dirt, Golightly tackles Delta blues and garage-folk with so much obvious love and appreciation that the record is as close and sincere an approximation of its influences as you're likely to find. Throughout the record, the songs shift between front-porch folk, mournful murder ballads and foreboding dirges, presented with kitchen-sink percussion that clinks and clangs over slide guitars and skiffling drums. All the while Golightly duets with her partner-in-crimemulti-instrumentalist Lawyer Davein a sexy deadpan croon that brims with antebellum sorrow.
Sat., Nov. 28, 9 p.m., 2009