Kami Nixon and the Skiddy Knickers - November 28th at
While San Francisco-based singer-songwriter Kami Nixon has
performed all over the Bay Area, the Hotel Utah might just
be the perfect venue for her. Nixon and her Skiddy Knickers
band illuminated the acoustically superior, intimate backroom
of the Utah with her buoyant, thoughtful brand of alt-country.
The ex-newspaper reporter was in fine form, vocally reminiscent
of Emmylou Harris (post-double shot of espresso). She glided
through tracks from the rocky-tonk of her debut EP, Boys
Named Jon (Self-released, 2003) and the absurdly catchy
Fertile Girl (Self-released, 2007). She also played two
new songs, “Cool” and “Pray for Wisdom”,
which featured her trademark breathy vocals over scintillating
guitar work from Bill “Sputnik” Spooner, founding
member of new wave oddity, the Tubes.
Nixon has always been able to seamlessly intertwine upbeat,
lighthearted numbers with pensive, often touching journeys
into issues like war, relationships, and single parenthood.
Her background as a journalist is apparent, as she articulately
tackles complex topics from a unique personal perspective,
while injecting a message of hope without coming off cheesy
or contrived. She explained, “I write with the hope
of comforting people who are struggling and showing them
that problems are temporary—good times come back,
and moments of true thankfulness and gratitude are possible.”
The show’s highlight was a dreamy, nostalgia-tinged
version of “Chico Rain”, a driving ballad about
being overwhelmed by a hefty dose of malaise, exacerbated
by dreary weather. It is a microcosm for her impressive
ability to write honest, personal songs that listeners can
apply to their lives. It is a quality that makes for the
most effective, affecting art. – Daniel Alvarez, Crawdaddy!
Leonard Cohen influence?
The verse lyrics (Plans) are really strong and challenging
-- especially the first verse. I wonder if I'm hearing a
Leonard Cohen influence here? Kami manages to convey a sense
of joie de vivre, and exhibits a good sense of song structure.
The chorus melody really takes off.
Okay, single mom rock isn't as heavy as hard rock, but it's
so much hotter. At times Nixon's folkie five-song debut,
Boys Named Jon channels the instrumentation of the Eagles
and the silly fun of Jimmy Buffet. With "Bagdad is
on Fire," Nixon's heartfelt commentary on our nation's
conquest through Iraq, is civil disobedience at its finest.
Both earnest and sardonic, Nixon's folkie-soft twang is
the perfect complement to delicate front-porch finger pluckings.
author: Sandy, posted on CDBaby
I picked this CD up by chance while browsing and very pleased
I did. It's quite fascinating in its eclectic style ranging
from rock (Not Another One - the "single mom rock"?)
to near-Folk (Walk With Me) and in the excellent vocal diction
from clear and hard-hitting through poignant/plaintive to
breathy/quiet. But the outstanding bit for me is the lyrics
with powerful social commentary (eg Starvation Diets and
Fertile Girl) mixed with wry comments on life (Not Another
One and Nowhere To Hide) and stand-up attitude (eg I Want
You To Be My Boyfriend). Quite outstanding. A very good
Different but hard to stop
Author: Peter Newberg, posted on CDBaby
It is extremely different from the music that I normally
listen to, but definitely kept my attention. I played it
for my 8th graders in Phoenix, Arizona and they had similar
reactions. I will definitely be rotating it through the
selections I play in class. Can't wait for more like it.
Author: coolio , posted on
I've seen her perform before!! I have her autograph in my
posted on iTunes
This album is a great album from a wonderful unsigned artist.
She obviously has many different influences, and you can
see this as she really gives a variety of styles on this
CD. I recommend the whole album!