Among the legions of Music City denizens who drifted down to SXSW last week were Luella and the Sun, an all-star crew of Nashvillians that makes a truly singular gospel-blues-R&B-rock amalgam. We've taken notice of L&tS a time or two in recent memory, but it appears we aren't the only ones. For their Front Row series, NPR shot the band's performance of "Sign of the Judgment" at the Continental Club at last week, and you can watch that above.
"Nashville's Luella and the Sun approach the blues and gospel-soul as if these traditions were the food of the gods and they haven't eaten for a week," writes NPR's Ann Powers. "Luella herself has a ferocious, feminine voice, and performs with zero fear. If you like the White Stripes, you will love the fire and brimstone of 'Sign of the Judgment,' filmed at Austin's iconic Continental Club on South Congress." While the Luella in question is actually named Melissa Mathes, and while I'm not hearing any White Stripes similarities really whatsoever, high praise is high praise, and Powers is correct in that Luella and the Sun deserve your attention. Give the performance a look.