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Saturday, September 17 • 5:00pm - 5:45pm
Ashley Brooke Toussant

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Ashley Brooke Toussant takes old forms, old sounds, and old instruments, and adds some contemporary twists to them. She's equal parts Joan Baez and Joanna Newsom, but softer and meeker than both. The debut album by the Kent-based singer-songwriter is appropriately called Sweetheart, earning its title with moseying bass lines, subtly soaring lap steel, and sweet lyrics sung with bird-like innocence. There's something fragile and unsullied about the way Toussant coos simple lines like "Let me call you sweetheart, I'm in love with you." Sweetheart shows an incredible amount of musical maturity, with a finger firmly on the pulse of what's good about the current indie-folk movement. Toussant is indeed sweet, but she packs plenty of sadness too: Sweetheart's occasional melancholy adds depth to her ditties about love and the darkness rooted so deeply in Appalachian folk tradition.

— Lydia Munnell (Scene Magazine)


Saturday September 17, 2011 5:00pm - 5:45pm EDT
Coffee Shop Stage

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