Southern Supper with Rae Billing @ Mississippi Queen Foods, Hamilton [12 July]

Southern Supper with Rae Billing

18:30 - 20:30

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Mississippi Queen Foods
635 King Street East, Hamilton, Ontario L8N 1E5

Rae Billing, lead singer and songwriter of CRYBABY, has a voice described as «honest and pure, assured and desperate at the same time.» And her lyrics and music have been lauded — «full of wide open spaces and bittersweet emotions,» and called «late night, pan-Americana rootsy songs… handled with gutsy femininity.»

In 1996 Toronto alt-country band Crybaby released their sole recording, Paintings (produced by Peter J. Moore). The band lasted just four years, but won critical acclaim with Toronto's Eye Magazine placing the album alongside offerings from Lyle Lovett and Blackie & The Rodeo Kings as one of the Top Three Country Albums of 1996.

The band also elicited kudos south of the border, specifically at Austin's South By Southwest Music Festival. Among the many positive reviews, Nashville Scene writer, Michael McCall, characterized their music as «tangy country soul» and called Crybaby one of the «notable moments» of the festival.

After Crybaby, Rae went on to record three albums under her own name with a number of noted Canadian musicians. Her 2001 self-titled album was praised. On his Top Ten list of 'Anti-Hits', the Toronto Sun/CANOE's John Sakamoto placed «Walking In A Dream», the closing cut, as number three, describing it as «a heartbreaking rumination on a mind 'slipping sideways.'

»Her 2008 recording, Blue Black Night, again received critical acclaim, with CBC Radio’s Jeff Goodes choosing it as his top Pick Of The Month.

And 2013’s Walls and Fences was chosen as the monthly Number One Album by Canada’s respected national roots magazine Penguin Eggs, describing it as “captivating from start to finish”.

Late in 2016, Rae brought Crybaby back together to play two 20 year anniversary shows. Alongside Rae, the reunited band includes Steve Koch (Ron Sexsmith) on guitar and Lucky Pete Lambert (Kensington Hillbillies) on drums and backups with the addition of respected Hamilton musicians, Andrew Aldridge (Sarah Slean) on guitar, Greg Brisco (Junkhouse) on keys and Scott Bell (Dinner Belles) on bass.

“There is a depth to Billing’s voice that reaches into the soul,” Graham Rockingham, Hamilton Spectator"

Billing has one of those goose bumps-inducing voices… and she writes powerfully poetic songs," Kerry Doole, New Canadian Music

“There are not many albums that catch you by the throat as this one and no matter how often you hear it, the feeling remains.” Rootstime, Belgium“

“A purely great, soulful album that adds even more credibility to alternative country,” Maverick Magazine, UK

«There is a depth to her songs few contemporaries have yet to hone,» Jason MacNeil, All Music Guide

Our special menu, for this Southern Supper, includes....Buttermilk Fried Chicken; Creole Red Beans & Rice with Sausage; Coleslaw with Remoulade Dressing; Buttermilk Biscuits; Pecan Pie; Sweet Iced Tea; & Cafe du Monde Coffee & Chicory.
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