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Madeleine Peyroux Plays a Pair of Shows Tonight at Music Hall

January 28th, 2014

Like Billie Holiday before her, Madeleine Peyroux, out of Athens, Ga. (by way of Brooklyn, Southern California and Paris), is known as a jazz singer despite her penchant for the blues. And while she’s most often compared to Lady Day, due to vocal similarities, Peyroux’s disparate influences include Patsy Cline, Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan. Her debut album, Dreamland (stream it below), arrived in 1996 to a fair amount of acclaim for such an unheralded 22-year-old musician. Despite the recognition for her work, Peyroux (above, performing “Guilty” in studio for WFUV FM) spent much of the next few years busking on the streets of Paris and recording with others. So her second album, Careless Love (stream it below) didn’t come out until 2004. But since then, the singer-songwriter-guitarist has remained busy touring and recording. Her most recent album, Blue Room (stream it below), released last March, recreates the country-meets-jazz theme of the Ray Charles classic Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music. Noting that this has been done before, Pop Matters says, “The cultural impact may be slight, but the music itself is quite gorgeous.” Madeleine Peyroux plays a pair of shows, one early and another late, tonight at Music Hall of Williamsburg.