New York City Goes Nashville for April Fools’ Day

April 2nd, 2013

Caitlin Rose – Mercury Lounge – April 1, 2013

(Photo: Andie Diemer)

The indie- and country-music scenes can feel worlds apart at times, but there’s a good amount of musicians straddling the two. Caitlin Rose is one of those artists, and once either of the scenes fully realizes her songwriting talents, she’ll likely be a much bigger name. Of course, that may already be happening. With the front two rows of her sold-out show last night at Mercury Lounge comprised almost entirely of professional photographers snapping away, the momentum already seems to be there.

Rose and the band seemed a little nervous at first, perhaps because of this firing line of photographers in an intimate setting. But she fought off any nerves by conversing with the audience in between songs, coming off as sincere and earnest as she discussed the Nashville scene, how early shows can feel a little weird and how clowns, although creepy in reality, can make for excellent song material (like for her own tune, “Only a Clown”). The clarity and charm of her voice seemed to come out naturally and with little effort, contrasting perfectly against the twanging guitar sounds from her supporting cast of Nashville musicians, including the show’s opener, Andrew Combs. And although Rose thought her set time was up after finishing “Old Numbers,” she got the green light to finish things with Buck Owens’ barn-stompin’ country classic “I’ve Got a Tiger By the Tail.” —Dan Rickershauser